Clindamycin Swab

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Clindamycin Swab

Generic Name: Clindamycin Swab (klin-da-MYE-sin)
Brand Name: Examples include Cleocin-T and Clindets

Clindamycin Swab is used for:

Treating acne. It may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.

Clindamycin Swab is a topical lincomycin antibiotic. It works by killing sensitive bacteria causing acne and reducing the amount of free fatty acids that irritate the skin surface.

Do NOT use Clindamycin Swab if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in Clindamycin Swab or to lincomycin
  • you have antibiotic-associated colitis, ulcerative colitis, or Crohn disease

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

Before using Clindamycin Swab:

Some medical conditions may interact with Clindamycin Swab. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

  • if you are pregnant, plan 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 Clindamycin Swab. 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 the actions and side effects of these medicines may be increased
  • Erythromycin because the effectiveness of Clindamycin Swab may be decreased

This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if this medicine 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 Clindamycin Swab:

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

  • Clindamycin Swab is for topical use on the skin only.
  • Wash and completely dry the affected area. Remove the pledget from foil just before use. Do not use if seal is broken. With pledget, gently apply a thin film of medicine. You may use more than 1 pledget if necessary to completely cover the affected area. Wash your hands immediately after using Clindamycin Swab. Throw the pledget away after using.
  • Clindamycin Swab works best if it is used at the same time each day.
  • To clear up your infection completely, continue using Clindamycin Swab for the full course of treatment even if you feel better in a few days.
  • If you miss a dose of Clindamycin Swab, 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.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Clindamycin Swab.

Important safety information:

  • Clindamycin Swab is for external use only. Avoid contact with the eyes as burning or irritation can occur. If contact occurs with the eyes or sensitive surfaces (eg, scraped skin, mucous membranes), wash the area with cool tap water.
  • Clindamycin Swab may be harmful if swallowed. If you or someone you know may have taken Clindamycin Swab by mouth, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately.
  • If severe diarrhea, stomach pain/cramps, or bloody stools occur, contact your doctor at once. This could be a symptom of a serious side effect requiring immediate medical attention. Do not treat diarrhea without consulting with your doctor.
  • Several weeks may pass before you see improvement in your acne. Continue using Clindamycin Swab for the full time recommended by your doctor.
  • It is important to use Clindamycin Swab for the full course of treatment. Failure to do so may decrease the effectiveness of this treatment and may increase the risk that the bacteria will no longer be sensitive to Clindamycin Swab and will not be able to be treated by this or certain other antibiotics in the future.
  • Clindamycin Swab is not recommended for use in CHILDREN under the age of 12; safety and effectiveness in this age group have not been confirmed.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you are pregnant or plan on becoming pregnant, discuss with your doctor the benefits and risks of using Clindamycin Swab during pregnancy. It is unknown if Clindamycin Swab is excreted in breast milk. Do not breast-feed while taking Clindamycin Swab.

Possible side effects of Clindamycin Swab:

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:

Dry skin; mild stinging after applying.

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

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); blood/mucus in your stool; diarrhea; stomach 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

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center (, or emergency room immediately. Clindamycin Swab may be harmful if swallowed.

Proper storage of Clindamycin Swab:

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

General information:

  • If you have any questions about Clindamycin Swab, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Clindamycin Swab 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 Clindamycin Swab. 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: November 1, 2006
Database Edition
Copyright © 2006 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc.

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