What is this medication?
Clindamycin/Benzoyl Peroxide (Topical), BenzaClin/Clindoxyl
Topical Acne Product; Topical Antibiotic
Clindamycin+Benzoyl Peroxide/BenzaClin/Clindoxyl is officially indicated for acne vulgaris and is sometime prescribed off-label for acne rosacea.
How does this medication work?
Clindamycin binds to ribosomal 50S subunits of certain bacteria thereby stopping protein synthesis for the cell eventually resulting in cell death. May be bacteriostatic (prevents reproduction) or bactericidal (directly kills live bacteria) depending on dosage.
Benzoyl Peroxide releases free radical oxygen which oxidize bacterial proteins in the sebaceous follicles which kills anaerobic bacteria and decreasing irritating-type free fatty acids.
How should I take this medication?
Apply to affected area(s) once or twice daily
How to Take: Follow instructions provided by physician/pharmacy label, apply consistently at same times each day unless otherwise directed, apply to clean, dry skin, store at room temperature.
You Need to Avoid: Do not apply near eyes, to broke skin, or to other mucous membranes. Avoid applying other topicals at the same time unless otherwise directed to avoid dilution of product. Benzoyl peroxide may cause bleaching of hair or fabrics such as on pillowcases when applied to face before bed.
What should I watch for while using this medication?
Before starting use of Clindamycin+Benzoyl Peroxide/BenzaClin/Clindoxyl make sure your physician is aware of any allergies or medications you currently take, or if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
What if I miss a dose?
If you miss a dose of medication, try to take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, take only that scheduled dose. Do not take double or extra doses.
How should I store this medication?
Keep out of the reach of children at all times. Store at room temperature, 59 to 86° F (15 to 30° C). Protect from light. Keep the container tightly closed. Properly dispose of any unused medication after the expiration date.
What are the possible side effects of using this medication?
Application site scaling, local dryness, erythema (redness), desquamation (peeling), itch
Note this is not a complete list of side effects, only common ones
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