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Chemical Name : Clindamycin

Clindagel Information : What is Clindagel? The active ingredient of Clindagel is clindamycin phosphate. Each tube of gel contains 1.2% clindamycin phosphate equivalent to 1% clindamycin. Clindagel also contains propylene glycol, purified water, ethanol, zinc acetate, hydroxyethylcellulose and sodium hydroxide. Each tube contains 30g of antibiotic gel.How does Clindagel work? Clindagel is used to treat acne (spots). Clindagel contains clindamycin phosphate which breaks down in the skin to clindamycin which is an antibiotic. Clindagel reduces the number of bacteria. This will help to stop the pores becoming blocked and new spots forming. Clindagel may also help to reduce the redness of the spots you already have. As with other products it will take some time before you see your acne improving. What is acne? Acne is an extremely common skin condition. During adolescence grease glands in the skin produce extra grease in response to normal amounts of sex hormones in your body and this can cause blocked pores (i.e. blackheads). When this happens the pores are invaded by bacteria. This produces chemicals which go into deeper parts of the skin to produce red spots filled with pus. In some people acne starts or continues after adolescence. Can I use Clindagel? Make sure it is safe for you to use Clindagel. If you answer "YES" to any of the following questions, or you are not sure, please tell your doctor or pharmacist. ? Have you ever had a rash or other allergic reaction to Clindagel, any of its ingredients (listed above) or lincomycin (another antibiotic)? An allergic reaction may include a rash, red skin, itching, swelling or breathing difficulties. ? Are you pregnant or could you be? No one is very sure whether it is safe to use Clindagel during pregnancy. Therefore you should not use Clindagel if you are pregnant, or think you might be pregnant, without discussing this with your doctor. ? Are you breast-feeding? As clindamycin can pass into breast milk, even if you only use it on the skin, you should not breast-feed while using Clindagel. Clindagel should not be used by children under the age of 12 years. Warning: This product contains about 20% ethanol. Each gram contains about 0.2g of alcohol. Tell your doctor about all the medicines you are taking.

Clindagel Side Effects : How should I use Clindagel? Read the label on the pack carefully and follow your doctor's instructions. Usually, you should use this medicine once a day. Wash as normal, rinse well and pat your skin dry. Apply a small amount of gel in a thin layer to the whole of the area where you usually get spots. Don’t apply Clindagel to areas where you do not usually get spots. Don’t just dab onto individual spots. Don’t apply a thick layer in any particular area as this will not get rid of the spots any quicker. Take care to avoid your eyes, inside your nose and mouth. If you accidentally put gel on these areas, wash them straight away with plenty of water. Successful treatment of acne with most therapies can take several months. You may not see any effect of treatment for several weeks. After that you should note a gradual but definite improvement but maximum benefit may take several months. You may need to use more than one tube of Clindagel during each course of treatment. Use Clindagel for as long as your doctor tells you. If you forget to use Clindagel at any time, use it next time as if you had not missed an application. Do not use twice as much or use it twice as often to catch up with the application you have missed. Try not to pick or squeeze spots as this can make your acne worse and even lead to scarring. Does Clindagel have any side effects? All drugs have some side effects however those associated with Clindagel are usually minor. Your skin may become dry, painful, itchy, hot or red for a short time. You can relieve this by using an oil free moisturiser. Tell your doctor if this worries you. Clindamycin given by mouth or injection has caused inflammation of the bowel, leading to diarrhoea that can contain blood and mucus. This reaction is extremely rare when clindamycin is applied on the skin. If you do get diarrhoea, you must stop using Clindagel straight away and tell your doctor immediately. If you notice anything else that might be a side effect, tell your doctor or pharmacist. How should I store Clindagel? Do not use the gel after the “use before” date. It is important to replace the cap after you have used the gel. Keep your gel in a safe place, where children cannot see or reach it. Your gel could harm them.

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