Veltin Gel, also known as Ziana Gel internationally, is a topical antibiotic containing two drugs, clindamycin and tretinoin. We carry the brand choice of this medication in 1.2%/0.025%!
Veltin Gel is used to treat acne in adults and children 12 years and older. Acne is primarily caused by hormones in the body, usually during puberty when your body produces higher levels of androgens which results in an increase in sebum that can clog pores and creates acne. Other factors that will further provoke acne include bacteria on the skin and fatty acids within oil glands. Acne can be mild acne and appear as occasional red pimples, moderate acne and appear often and as inflamed papules (pink, red, or brown circumscribed, solid elevation of skin with no visible fluid), or severe acne and appear persistently and as nodules and cysts (deep underneath the skins surface and are painful, sometimes filled with pus).
Veltin Gel is effective at treating acne because clindamycin is able to fight off bacteria in the body while tretinoin is able to reduce the amount of oil production and distribution of the oil glands while helping the skin renew itself more quickly.
Always follow directions given to you by your doctor. Most prescription labels have the directions written on them for your convenience.
Wash your hands, once done, wash your face with mild soap or cleanser and pat the skin dry. Using only a pea-size of gel, cover the entire face. Only apply the gel once a day at bedtime. Avoid washing your face more than 3 times a day to avoid further irritating and worsening your acne.
Do not get this medication in your mouth, eyes, lips, or nose (or creases of your nose). Store this medication at room temperature in a low risk area of moisture, heat and light. Do not freeze this product.
Do not use Veltin Gel if you are allergic to clindamycin or tretinoin, or if you have inflammation of your intestines, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, or if you have ever had severe diarrhea caused by an antibiotic. You should also avoid this medication if you take erythromycin or products containing erythromycin. This medication should not be used on a child under the age of 12.
Dose adjustment or special precautions may be required
Tell your doctor about any allergies or history of stomach or intestinal disorders before starting treatment to determine if this medication is safe for you.
It is not known if this medication will harm an unborn baby. Consult your doctor about the risks and benefits of this drug while pregnant if this concerns you.
It is not known if this medication will pass into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing infant. You should not breastfeed until you have spoken to your doctor.
Common side effects of Veltin Gel (clindamycin/tretinoin) may include:
mild skin irritation, dryness or peeling; mild skin redness; or itching of treated skin.
The above side effects should not alarm you.
Serious side effects of Veltin Gel (clindamycin/tretinoin) may include:
severe redness, burning, stinging, or scaling of treated skin areas; or diarrhea that is watery or bloody.
If you have any of the above side effects, contact your doctor right away.
Please note this is not a complete list of side effects. Not everyone experiences side effects; they are not guaranteed. If you do have side effects and they become unmanageable, consult your doctor about alternate medications.
Contact your doctor if you notice signs of…
allergic reaction: sneezing and an itchy, runny or blocked nose (allergic rhinitis), itchy, red, or watering eyes (conjunctivitis), wheezing, chest tightness, shortness of breath, cough, a raised itchy, red rash (hives) or swollen lips, tongue, eyes or face.
What happens if I miss a dose?
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember, or skip it if your next dose is approaching soon. Do not attempt to make up for a miss dose by doubling up on dosages.
What is the best way to store this medication?
Store in room temperature away from moisture, heat and light. Keep away from children and pets.
How long until I start noticing improvement?
At first, it is likely you will not notice an improvement due to the drug working on the internal pimples of the face; it may take up to 7 weeks before you start noticing a physical improvement.
Is this medication safe for children?
This medication should only be used on children 12-18 and adults. Anyone under the age of 12 should not use this medication.
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