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All about: Cleocin Cream

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Generic Name: Clindamycin Vaginal Cream (klin-da-MYE-sin)
Brand Name: Examples include Cleocin and ClindaMax

Cleocin Cream is used for:

Treating vaginal infections caused by certain bacteria.

Cleocin Cream is a topical lincomycin antibiotic. It works by slowing the growth of certain bacteria.

Do NOT use Cleocin Cream if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in Cleocin Cream 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 Cream:

Some medical conditions may interact with Cleocin Cream. 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 Cream. 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 Cream
  • Erythromycin because it may decrease Cleocin Cream's effectiveness

This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if Cleocin Cream 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.

How to use Cleocin Cream:

Use Cleocin Cream as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Cleocin Cream is for vaginal use only.
  • Wash your hands before and after using Cleocin Cream. To use, remove the cap from the tube. Screw the plastic applicator on the threaded end of the tube. Rolling the tube from the bottom, squeeze gently and force the medicine into the applicator. The applicator is filled when the plunger reaches its predetermined stopping point.
  • Unscrew the applicator from the tube and replace the cap. While lying on your back, firmly grasp the applicator barrel and insert into the vagina as far as it will possibly go without causing discomfort. Slowly push the plunger until it stops. Carefully remove the applicator from the vagina and throw the applicator away.
  • Use Cleocin Cream at bedtime. This will help keep the medicine in the vagina and reduce leaking.
  • Cleocin Cream works best if it is used at the same time each day.
  • To clear up your infection completely, use Cleocin Cream for the full course of treatment. Keep using it even if you feel better in a few days.
  • If you miss a dose of Cleocin Cream and you are using it regularly, use it as soon as possible. If several hours have passed or if it is nearing time for the next dose, do not double the dose to catch up, unless advised by your health care provider. Do not use 2 doses at once. If more than one dose is missed, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Cleocin Cream.

Important safety information:

  • Avoid contact with the eyes. Burning and irritation can occur. If contact does occur, rinse the eye with large amounts of cool tap water.
  • Do not have sexual intercourse or use other vaginal products, such as tampons or douches, while using Cleocin Cream.
  • Use a sanitary napkin rather than a tampon to prevent staining of clothes and bed linens.
  • This cream contains mineral oil that may weaken latex products such as condoms and diaphragms. Therefore, do not use these products within 72 hours of using this product. They may not provide adequate birth control and you may become pregnant.
  • Contact your doctor right away if stomach pain or cramps, severe diarrhea, or bloody stools occur. Do not treat diarrhea without first checking with your doctor. This could be a symptom of a serious side effect requiring immediate medical attention.
  • Be sure to use Cleocin Cream for the full course of treatment. If you do not, the medicine may not clear up your infection completely. The bacteria could also become less sensitive to this or other medicines. This could make the infection harder to treat in the future.
  • Long-term or repeated use of Cleocin Cream may cause a second infection. Tell your doctor if signs of a second infection occur. Your medicine may need to be changed to treat this.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using Cleocin Cream while you are pregnant. It is not known if Cleocin Cream is found in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you use Cleocin Cream, check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of Cleocin Cream:

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:

Fungal infection; genital itching or burning; inflammation or pain; vaginal discharge.

Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); blood/mucus in stool; diarrhea; new or worsening vaginal or vulvar itching; painful sex; stomach cramps/pain; white vaginal discharge.

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions or need medical advice about side effects, contact your doctor or health care provider. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 (1-800-332-1088) or at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center (http://www.aapcc.org/findyour.htm), or emergency room immediately. Cleocin Cream may be harmful if swallowed.

Proper storage of Cleocin Cream:

Store Cleocin Cream at room temperature, between 68 to 77 degrees F (20 to 25 degrees C), in a tightly closed container. Store away from heat and light. Protect from freezing. Keep Cleocin Cream out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about Cleocin Cream, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Cleocin Cream is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
  • If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.

This information is a summary only. It does not contain all information about Cleocin Cream. If you have questions about the medicine you are taking or would like more information, check with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.

Issue Date: September 5, 2007
Database Edition 07.3.1.003
Copyright © 2007 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc.

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