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Clindamycin phosphate vaginal
CLINDAMYCIN - VAGINAL SUPPOSITORY

Important Note

The following information is intended to supplement, not substitute for, the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacist or other healthcare professional. It should not be construed to indicate that use of the drug is safe, appropriate, or effective for you. Consult your healthcare professional before using this drug.

CLINDAMYCIN - VAGINAL SUPPOSITORY

(klin-duh-MY-sin)

COMMON BRAND NAME(S): Cleocin

WARNING: This medication may be absorbed into the bloodstream and may rarely cause severe (sometimes fatal) intestinal problems (pseudomembranous colitis). Consult your doctor or pharmacist for more details. Notify your doctor immediately if you develop persistent diarrhea, abdominal or stomach pain, or blood/mucous in your stool. Your doctor will decide if you require other treatment. These symptoms may occur weeks after stopping use of this drug. Do not use anti-diarrhea products or narcotic pain medications if you have these symptoms. These products may make the symptoms worse. Your doctor will monitor you closely while you are using this medication.

Uses

This medication is an antibiotic used to treat certain bacterial vaginal infections (bacterial vaginosis).

How To Use

This medication is used at bedtime, usually for a total of 3 days, or as directed by your doctor. This product is for use in the vagina only. A detailed instruction sheet on the proper use of this medication should be provided. Review the instructions carefully. If you have any questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist. To prevent medication from leaking out of the vagina, lie down as soon as possible after using this medication. Avoid having sexual contact or the use of any vaginal products (e.g., douches or tampons) while using this medication. Continue to use this medication until the full-prescribed amount is finished. Stopping this medication too soon may result in a return of the infection.

Side Effects

Vaginal itching, burning, or irritation may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, notify your doctor promptly. Tell your doctor immediately if you develop any of these serious side effects: diarrhea, blood in the stool, stomach pain, skin rash, cramps, back pain, swelling, difficult or painful urination. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

Precautions

Tell your doctor your medical history, including: any allergies, intestinal problems (e.g., enteritis, colitis). Tell your doctor if you have had diarrhea and stomach pain while taking other antibiotics. This may be a symptom of a different infection (pseudomembranous colitis) that requires another medication. This medication should be used only when clearly needed during pregnancy. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor. It is not known whether vaginal forms of this drug pass into breast milk. Oral and injectable forms pass into breast milk. Because of the potential risk to the infant, breast-feeding while using this drug is not recommended. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.

Drug Interactions

Tell your doctor of all prescription and nonprescription medication you may use especially: lincomycin, other antibiotics. An ingredient in this medication may weaken rubber-containing products (e.g., diaphragms, condoms). Avoid the use of these products during, and for 3 days after, treatment with this medication. This medication may increase the effects of certain drugs used during anesthesia. Tell your doctor if you are going to be having any surgeries while using this medication. Do not start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.

Overdose

If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately. This medicine may be harmful if swallowed.

Notes

This medication has been prescribed for your current condition only. Do not use it later for another infection unless told to do so by your doctor. A different medication may be necessary in those cases. Do not share this medication with others.

Missed Dose

If you miss a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist to establish a new dosing schedule. Do not double the dose to catch up.

Storage

Store at controlled room temperature (77 degrees F or 25 degrees C) away from light and moisture. Brief storage between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 to 30 degrees C) is permitted. Avoid heat over 86 degrees F (30 degrees C).