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Clindamycin (Topical) (klin da MYE sin)

Pediatric Medication

Brand Names: U.S.

Cleocin; Cleocin-T; Clindacin ETZ; Clindacin Pac; Clindacin-P; Clindagel; ClindaMax; Clindesse; Evoclin

Brand Names: Canada

Clinda-T; Clindasol; Clindets; Dalacin T; Dalacin Vaginal; Taro-Clindamycin

What is this drug used for?

  • It is used to treat pimples (acne).
  • It is used to treat vaginal infections.
  • It may be given to your child for other reasons. Talk with the doctor.

What do I need to tell the doctor BEFORE my child takes this drug?

  • If your child has an allergy to this drug or any part of this drug.
  • If your child is allergic to any drugs like this one or any other drugs, foods, or other substances. Tell the doctor about the allergy and what signs your child had, like rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.
  • If your child has ever had any of these health problems: Crohn’s disease, regional enteritis, ulcerative colitis, or very loose stools called antibiotic-associated colitis.
This is not a list of all drugs or health problems that interact with this drug.
Tell the doctor and pharmacist about all of your child’s drugs (prescription or OTC, natural products, vitamins) and health problems. You must check to make sure that it is safe for your child to take this drug with all of their drugs and health problems. Do not start, stop, or change the dose of any drug your child takes without checking with the doctor.

What are some things I need to know or do while my child takes this drug?

All products:

  • Tell dentists, surgeons, and other doctors that your child is using this drug.
  • This drug may cause harm if swallowed. If this drug is swallowed, call a doctor or poison control center right away.

If your child is pregnant or breast-feeding a baby:

  • Talk with the doctor if your child is pregnant, becomes pregnant, or is breast-feeding a baby. You will need to talk about the benefits and risks of using this drug.

All skin products:

  • Do not use coverings (bandages, dressings, make-up) unless told to do so by the doctor.
  • It may take several weeks to see the full effects.
  • Talk with your child’s doctor before you use other drugs or products on your child’s skin.

Foam, solution, and swab:

  • This drug may catch on fire. Do not use near an open flame or while smoking.

Vaginal:

  • Do not let your child douche or use other vaginal products like tampons while she is using this drug. Your child may need to avoid these things for some time after care ends. Talk with the doctor.
  • Do not give to your child longer than you have been told. A second infection may happen.

If your child is or may be sexually active:

  • Be sure your child does not have sex while using this drug. Your child may need to avoid sex for some time after care ends. Talk with the doctor.
  • Condoms or diaphragms may not work to prevent pregnancy or stop the spread of diseases like HIV that are passed through the blood for a period of time after your child stops this drug. Your child will need to use some other kind of birth control for some time after care ends. Be sure you know how long your child will need to do this. Talk with the doctor.

What are some side effects that I need to call my child’s doctor about right away?

WARNING/CAUTION: Even though it may be rare, some people may have very bad and sometimes deadly side effects when taking a drug. Tell your child’s doctor or get medical help right away if your child has any of the following signs or symptoms that may be related to a very bad side effect:

All products:

  • Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.
  • It is common to have loose stools (diarrhea) when taking this drug. Rarely, a very bad and sometimes deadly form of loose stools may occur (pseudomembranous colitis). This may happen while your child is taking this drug or within a few months after he/she stops taking it. Call your child’s doctor right away if your child has stomach pain or cramps, very loose or watery stools, or bloody stools. Do not try to treat loose stools without first checking with the doctor.

All skin products:

  • Very bad skin irritation.
  • Peeling.
  • Swelling.

Vaginal:

  • Very bad vaginal irritation.
  • Vaginal itching or discharge.
  • Pain when passing urine.
  • Trouble passing urine.

What are some other side effects of this drug?

All drugs may cause side effects. However, many people have no side effects or only have minor side effects. Call your child’s doctor or get medical help if any of these side effects or any other side effects bother your child or do not go away:

All skin products:

  • Skin irritation.
  • Burning.
  • Itching.
  • Dry skin.
  • Redness.
  • Oily skin.

Foam:

  • Headache.

Vaginal:

  • Vaginal irritation.

Vaginal cream:

  • Headache.
  • Back pain.
  • Hard stools (constipation).
These are not all of the side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, call your child’s doctor. Call your child’s doctor for medical advice about side effects.
You may report side effects to your national health agency.

How is this drug best given?

Give this drug as ordered by your child’s doctor. Read and follow the dosing on the label closely.

All products:

  • To gain the most benefit, do not miss giving your child doses.
  • Give as you have been told, even if your child feels well.
  • Wash your hands before and after use.

All skin products:

  • Clean affected part before use. Make sure to dry well.
  • Do not give by mouth. Use on your child’s skin only. Keep out of your child’s mouth, nose, and eyes (may burn).
  • Shake lotion well before use.
  • Put a thin layer on the affected part and rub in gently.
  • If using pledgets (swabs), take pledget from the foil just before use. Use 1 time and throw away. More than 1 pledget may be used.

Foam:

  • Put foam onto a cool surface or into a cap. Do not place foam in your hands.
  • Read the package insert for more details.

Vaginal:

  • Use vaginally.
  • Read the package insert for more details.
  • Keep out of your child’s mouth, nose, and eyes (may burn).

Vaginal cream:

  • Some products are to be used at bedtime. For some products it does not matter. Check with the pharmacist about how to use this drug.

Suppository:

  • Use at bedtime.
  • To use suppository, take off foil wrapper.
  • Do not use suppository if the foil pouch that holds this drug is torn, open, or not sealed all the way.

What do I do if my child misses a dose?

  • Give a missed dose as soon as you think about it.
  • If it is close to the time for your child’s next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your child’s normal time.
  • Do not give 2 doses at the same time or extra doses.

How do I store and/or throw out this drug?

All products:

  • Store at room temperature. Do not freeze.
  • Protect from light.
  • Store in a dry place. Do not store in a bathroom.
  • Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
  • Check with your pharmacist about how to throw out unused drugs.

Foam, solution, and swab:

  • Protect from heat and sunlight. Do not puncture or burn even if it seems empty.

Suppository:

  • Protect from heat.

General drug facts

  • If your child’s symptoms or health problems do not get better or if they become worse, call your child’s doctor.
  • Do not share your child’s drug with others and do not give anyone else’s drug to your child.
  • Keep a list of all your child’s drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your child’s doctor.
  • Talk with your child’s doctor before giving your child any new drug, including prescription or OTC, natural products, or vitamins.
  • Some drugs may have another patient information leaflet. If you have any questions about this drug, please talk with your child’s doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.

Consumer Information Use and Disclaimer

This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take this medicine or any other medicine. Only the healthcare provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for a specific patient. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about this medicine. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to this medicine. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from the healthcare provider. You must talk with the healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.

Last Reviewed Date

2014-08-01

Copyright

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