Cleocin Gel is used for treating severe acne. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.
How to use
Use Cleocin Gel as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.
Cleocin Gel is for topical use on the skin only.
Clean and dry the affected area. Cover the affected and surrounding area with a thin film of medicine.
Cleocin Gel works best if it is used at the same time each day.
Continue to use Clindamycin Gel even if your condition improves. Do not miss any doses.
Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Cleocin Gel.
Drug Class and Mechanism
Cleocin Gel is a topical lincomycin antibiotic. It works by killing sensitive bacteria that cause acne and reducing the amount of free fatty acids that irritate the skin surface.
If you miss a dose of Cleocin Gel, use it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not use 2 doses at once.
Store Cleocin Gel at room temperature between 68 and 77 degrees F (20 and 25 degrees C) in a tightly closed container. Brief periods at temperatures of 59 to 86 degrees F (15 to 30 degrees C) are permitted. Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep Cleocin Gel out of the reach of children and away from pets.
Do not use Cleocin Gel if:
you are allergic to any ingredient in Cleocin Gel or to lincomycin;
you have Crohn disease, antibiotic-associated colitis, or ulcerative colitis.
Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.
Before using Cleocin Gel:
Some medical conditions may interact with Cleocin Gel. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:
if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding;
if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement;
if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances;
if you have a gastrointestinal (bowel) disease or diarrhea.
Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Cleocin Gel. Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:
Nondepolarizing muscle relaxants (eg, vecuronium) or succinylcholine because their actions and the risk of their side effects may be increased by Cleocin Gel;
Erythromycin because it may decrease Cleocin Gel's effectiveness
This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if Cleocin Gel may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.