Clindamycin Clindagel pads or foam use the antibiotic Clindamycin to treat folliculitis by preventing bacterial reproduction. Clindagel, like other forms of Clindamycin, has been shown to have postantibiotic effects that protect the skin. Improvements may take anywhere from 2 to 12 weeks. Read more about folliculitis.
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What you should know about Clindamycin

This medication is used to treat folliculitis and other skin conditions, such as acne. It helps to decrease the number of acne lesions. Clindamycin is an antibiotic that works to decrease pus-filled lesions and swelling by stopping bacterial growth and reproduction.

How to use Clindamycin
  • Read the Patient Information Leaflet before you start using Clindamycin and each time you get a refill. If you have any questions, request a callback from your medical provider.
  • Before using this medication, wash the affected skin gently with a mild, non-medicated cleanser. Rinse with warm water and pat dry.
  • Apply a thin layer of this medication to the affected areas of the skin as directed by your medical provider. Be careful to avoid your eyes, mouth, inside your nose, and any areas of broken skin. Wash your hands after each use.
  • Use this medication regularly to get the most benefit from it. To help you remember, use it at the same time(s) each day.
  • Do not increase your dose or use this drug more often or for longer than prescribed. Your condition will not improve any faster, and your risk of side effects will increase.
  • It may take up to 6 weeks to see a decrease in folliculitis and up to 12 weeks to see the full benefits of the medication.
  • Request a callback from your medical provider if your condition does not improve or if it worsens.
Potential side effects
  • If your medical provider has directed you to use this medication, remember that your medical provider has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects. However, stop taking this medication and request a callback from your medical provider right away if you experience: diarrhea that doesn't stop, abdominal or stomach pain/cramping or blood/mucus in your stool. If you have these symptoms, do not use anti-diarrhea or opioid products, as they may make symptoms worse.
  • Burning, itching, dryness, redness, oily skin or skin peeling may occur. Request a callback from your medical provider if any of these side effects last or worsen over time.
  • This medication may be absorbed into your bloodstream and can, in rare cases, cause a severe intestinal condition due to a bacteria called C. difficile. This condition may occur during treatment or weeks to months after treatment has stopped.
  • A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, get medical help right away if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including:

    • rash,
    • itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat),
    • severe dizziness,
    • trouble breathing.
  • This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, request a callback for medical advice. You may also report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or at

Precautions to be aware of
  • Before using this medication, tell your medical provider if you are allergic to Clindamycin or to Lincomycin; or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Request a callback from your medical provider for more details.
  • Before using this medication, tell your medical provider your medical history, especially of: chronic asthma or hay fever (atopic conditions), intestinal diseases (such as ulcerative colitis, enteritis or C. difficile-associated diarrhea).
  • Tell your medical provider if you are pregnant before using this medication. It is not known if the medication in this product passes into breast milk. While there have been no reports of harm to nursing infants, consult an OB-GYN before breastfeeding.
Drug interactions

Drug interactions may change how your medications work or increase your risk for serious side effects. This document does not contain all possible drug interactions. Keep a list of all the products you use (including prescription/nonprescription drugs and herbal products) and share it with your medical provider. Do not start, stop or change the dosage of any medicines without a medical provider's approval.

What to do in the event of an overdose

This medicine may be harmful if swallowed. If someone has overdosed and has serious symptoms such as passing out or trouble breathing, call 911. If symptoms from taking this medication are less severe, call your local poison control center at 1-800-222-1222 right away.

Additional notes

Do not share this medication with others.

What to do if you miss a dose

If you miss a dose, use it as soon as you remember. If it is near the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose. Use your next dose at the regular time. Do not double the dose to catch up.

How to store this medication
  •  Different brands of this medication have different storage needs. Check the product package for instructions on how to store your brand.
  • This medication is good for a limited time after you receive it. Discard any unused medication by the expiration date your pharmacist provides.
  • Keep all medications away from children and pets.
  • Do not flush medications down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so.
  • Properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed by consulting your pharmacist or local waste disposal company.
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