Clindac-A general information
What is Clindac-A used for?
Clindac-A 1% is a topical antibiotic skin gel used treat acne that has become infected and is unresponsive to non-antibiotic treatment. Clindac-A gets into the blackheads (comedones) that form on the skin and kills the bacteria that infect acne affected skin, clearing up and preventing spread of the infection.
How does Clindac-A work?
Clindac-A 1% contains the active ingredient clindamycin phosphate, which is an antibiotic belonging to the lincomycin group of antibiotics that blocks protein synthesis in the bacteria responsible for causing infection of acne affected skin, and this kills the bacteria. Propionibacterium acnes are bacteria that normally exist on the skin without causing any problems, living on fatty acids in the sebum (oil) secreted by the sebaceous glands (oil producing glands in hair follicles of the skin). Over production of sebum causes the pores of the skin to become blocked and this is how the pimples, whiteheads and blackheads (comedones) of acne form. Clogged pores attract bacteria which then overgrow and cause infection. Clindac-A gets into the blackheads and blocks the growth of the bacteria, while at the same time reducing the amount of fatty acids that the bacteria live on. These actions of Clindac-A reduces bacterial growth that contributes to formation acne skin lesions and prevents the spread of infection.
What does Clindac-A contain?
Clindac-A 1% contains the active ingredient clindamycin phosphate, an antbiotic that kills the bacteria responsible for causing infection of acne affected skin, at a concentration equivalent to 10 mg clindamycin per gram in a gel vehicle. It also contains carbomer 941, methylparaben, polyethylene glycol 400, propylene glycol, sodium hydroxide, and purified water.
Treating acne with Clindac-A
Clindac-A 1% contains the active ingredient clindamycin phosphate, an antbiotic that kills the bacteria responsible for causing infection in the blackheads (comedones) of acne affected skin. Clindac-A is used to treat acne that is unresponsive to non-antibiotic treatment and works by getting into the blackheads and blocking the growth of the bacteria, as well as reducing the amount of fatty acids that the bacteria live on. This action reduces the amount of bacterial growth that contributes to formation of acne skin lesions and prevents the spread of infection.
What are the side effects of Clindac-A?
Clindac-A 1% is generally well tolerated. Local skin side effects reported include dry or irritated skin. Clindamycin phosphate in Clindac-A is absorbed through the skin and may cause systemic side effects including diarrhoea, bloody diarrhoea and colitis.
When should Clindac-A not be used?
You should not use Clindac-A if you:
- are allergic to clindamycin or any other lincomycin antibitoics or any ingredients in Clindac-A
- have a history of enteritis, ulcerative colitis or antibiotic-associated colitis
How should Clindac-A be used?
You should apply Clindac-A 0.1% to the affected area of the skin once daily morning or evening. Clean the skin with a mild soap or soap-free cleanser, rinse with water then apply a small amount with clean fingers and rub gently into the affected area of skin. Wash your hands well after use and avoid contact with your eyes or inside your nose and mouth. Keep using your Clindac-A until your infection has cleared up or for as long as recommended by your doctor.
How long should you use Clindac-A?
You should use your Clindac-A until your infection has cleared up or for as long as recommended by your doctor.
Missed dose of Clindac-A
If you miss an application of Clindac-A take it as soon as you remember, unless it is time to take the next application, then skip the missed application. Do not take a double dose.
How should Clindac-A be stored?
You should store your Clindac-A at room temperature below 30°C and do not freeze.