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What is Cleocin T Topical Solution (Clindamycin) prescribed for?

Acne is very common, and nearly everyone has had a pimple outbreak at least once in their life. It begins when the skin’s oil glands plug the pores. Larger openings that become clogged become blackheads, while smaller openings, when clogged, become pimples. At times the skin can become inflamed, tender, and sometimes infected.

And while acne remains at large a curse among adolescence, it is known about 20% of acne occurs among adults as well.

This medication is used to treat acne, which is the main reason behind pimples. Cleocin will help decrease the number of lesions.  Clindamycin, the active ingredient within Cleocin T Topical Solution, is antibiotic that works by stopping the growth of bacteria.

This medication comes in a singular dose, which is 1%. Remember your dose is based on your medical background and your overall response to the treatment. If your doctor or pharmacist has given you some information in the form of a pamphlet, take the time to read up on this drug, and if you have any questions or concerns regarding this medication, please consult your doctor.

Use this medication on the skin only.  Before use, clean and dry the affected area.  With the medicated pad or swab, apply to the affected area, and rub gently with it. Discard after use.

After applying the medicine, make sure to wash your hands. Avoid getting the medication in the eyes, nose, and mouth. If you accidently do, flush the area out with water.

It may take between 2 to 6 weeks before you see any of the results, and up to 12 weeks before you gain the full benefit from this medication.


Before taking this medication, advise your doctor if you are allergic to Clindamycin, or to lincomycin; or if you have any other allergies.

Do not use if there is an infection or sore in the area to be treated.

Speak with your doctor of your medical history before taking this medication, especially if you have had any of the following; chronic asthma or hay fever (atopic conditions), intestinal diseases (such as ulcerative colitis, enteritis, Clostridium difficile-associated diarrhea).

Side Effects

Burning, itching, dryness, redness, oily skin, or skin peeling may occur when this medication is first applied to the skin. These effects should disappear in a few days as your body adjusts to the medication. If any of these effects persist or worsen, tell your doctor promptly.

A small amount of this medication may be absorbed into your bloodstream and may rarely cause a severe intestinal condition (Clostridium difficile-associated diarrhea) due to resistant bacteria. This condition may occur while receiving treatment or even weeks to months after treatment has stopped. Do not use anti-diarrhea or opioid medications if you have the following symptoms because these products may make them worse. Tell your doctor right away if you develop persistent diarrhea, abdominal or stomach pain/cramping, or blood/mucus in your stool.


What is Clindamycin phosphate topical solution used for?

Clindamycin, also known as Cleocin T Topical Solution, is used mainly for the treatment of acne but may also be prescribed as an alternative to treat acne rosacea.  Clindamycin is an antibiotic, which are drugs effective against bacteria; acne is commonly a result of bacteria. Human skin has pores connected to oil glands located under the skin by follicles, which are small sacs that produce and secrete liquid. Sebum, an oily liquid produced by the glands, carries dead skin cells to the surface of the skin through the follicles. Small hairs then grow through the follicle and out of the skin. Acne occurs when these follicles get blocked, and oil gets trapped under the skin, creating a buildup. From there, skin cells, sebum, and hair can clump together, forming a plug. This plug then gets infected with bacteria and subsequent swelling. Rosacea has a similar appearance to acne; small, red, pus-filled bumps. These may flare up for weeks to months along with redness and visible blood vessels on the face, usually the cheeks and nose.


What type of antibiotic is Clindamycin?

Clindamycin is a lincosamide antibiotic. There are many different classes of antibiotics; each class contains antibiotics that work similarly. Some examples of different antibiotics include penicillins, tetracyclines, quinolones, macrolides, and sulfonamides.  Additionally, different types of antibiotics work against certain types of bacteria. Lincosamides antibiotics, like Clindamycin, are often used as an alternative antibiotic for those who are allergic to penicillin.


How to apply Clindamycin Phosphate?

Apply only a thin film of the solution to the affected area, twice daily; ensure you wash your hands after application. However, if your doctor has directed you to apply the gel differently, follow only your doctor’s directions. Do not use more or less solution than recommended or for longer or shorter than prescribed. Speak with your doctor before starting treatment if you feel unsure about how to use the medication.

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