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All about: Cleocin-T Lotion

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Generic Name: Clindamycin Topical Lotion (klin-da-MYE-sin)
Brand Name: Examples include ClindaMax and Cleocin-T

Cleocin-T Lotion is used for:

Treating severe acne. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.

Cleocin-T Lotion is a topical lincomycin antibiotic. It works by killing sensitive bacteria that cause acne and by reducing the amount of free fatty acids that irritate the skin surface.

Do NOT use Cleocin-T Lotion if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in Cleocin-T Lotion or to lincomycin
  • you have Crohn disease, ulcerative colitis, or colitis associated with antibiotics

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

Before using Cleocin-T Lotion:

Some medical conditions may interact with Cleocin-T Lotion. 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 gastrointestinal (bowel) disease or diarrhea

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Cleocin-T Lotion. 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-T Lotion
  • Erythromycin because it may decrease Cleocin-T Lotion's effectiveness

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

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

  • Cleocin-T Lotion is for topical use on the skin only.
  • Shake well before each use. Clean and dry the affected area. Cover the affected area and surrounding areas with a thin film of medicine.
  • Cleocin-T Lotion works best if it is used at the same time each day.
  • To clear up your infection completely, use Cleocin-T Lotion 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-T Lotion, 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.

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

Important safety information:

  • Cleocin-T Lotion may cause harm if it is swallowed. If you may have taken it by mouth, contact your poison control center or emergency room right away.
  • Cleocin-T Lotion is for external use only. Do not get Cleocin-T Lotion in your eyes or on the inside of your nose or mouth. If you accidentally get the medicine in your eye, immediately flush with a large amount of cool tap water.
  • Cleocin-T Lotion has an unpleasant taste. Use caution when applying Cleocin-T Lotion around the mouth.
  • 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-T Lotion 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.
  • Several weeks may pass before you see improvement in your acne. Continue using Cleocin-T Lotion for the full time recommended by your doctor.
  • Talk with your doctor before you use any other medicines or cleansers on your skin.
  • Cleocin-T Lotion should not be used in CHILDREN younger than 12 years old; safety and effectiveness in these children have not been confirmed.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using Cleocin-T Lotion while you are pregnant. It is not known if Cleocin-T Lotion is found in breast milk. Do not breast-feed while taking Cleocin-T Lotion.

Possible side effects of Cleocin-T Lotion:

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:

Dryness; itching; oiliness.

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 your stools; diarrhea; stomach cramps/pain; swelling, redness, burning, or peeling of your skin.

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-T Lotion may be harmful if swallowed.

Proper storage of Cleocin-T Lotion:

Store Cleocin-T Lotion 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-T Lotion out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about Cleocin-T Lotion, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Cleocin-T Lotion 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-T Lotion. 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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