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Clindamycin phosphate vaginal
CLINDAMYCIN PHOSPHATE - VAGINAL CREAM

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 PHOSPHATE - VAGINAL CREAM

(klin-duh-MY-sin)

COMMON BRAND NAME(S): Cleocin

WARNING: This medication may be absorbed into the bloodstream and may rarely cause severe (in some cases, 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 anti-infective used to treat certain vaginal infections.

How To Use

This medication is for vaginal use only. Fill the applicator with cream. Insert the applicator high into the vagina and press the plunger to release the medication. Clean the applicator with warm soapy water and rinse well. A detailed instruction sheet should be provided with the medication. Review the instructions and be sure to ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions. Continue using this medication for as long as prescribed to ensure the infection is cleared. Stopping therapy too soon may result in a reinfection.

Side Effects

This medication may cause vaginal itching or burning. These effects should disappear as your body adjusts to the medication. Other side effects reported include nausea, heartburn, headache and dizziness. If any of these effects continue or become bothersome, contact your doctor. Notify your doctor if you develop: a skin rash, vaginal irritation. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

Precautions

Tell your doctor if you have: colitis or enteritis, allergies (especially to antibiotics). This medication should be used only if 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 any over-the-counter or prescription medication you may take. Avoid the use of vaginal douches while taking this medication. This medication contains mineral oil which can weaken and damage latex or rubber products such as condoms or diaphragms. Thus, such products should be avoided while taking 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 is not a contraceptive agent. It is advised to avoid vaginal sexual intercourse during treatment with this medication to prevent reinfection.

Missed Dose

If you miss a dose, take it as soon as remembered; do not take it if it is near the time for the next dose, instead, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule. Do not "double-up" the dose to catch up.

Storage

Store at room temperature between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 to 30 degrees C) away from heat and light.