Cleocin Gel is prescribed for the treatment of a bout of severe acne. However, your doctor may also prescribe Cleocin Gel for other conditions if found appropriate.
How to use Cleocin Gel
The ideal way to use Cleocin Gel is to follow the instructions of your doctor. An alternative way is to check the medicine label for dosage instructions.
Clean and dry the affected area and apply a thin film of medicine. Please keep in mind that it is for topical use only.
Preferably, Cleocin Gel should be taken at the same time each day to help maintain a regular routine for taking it.
You must not stop taking Cleocin Gel without consulting your doctor even if you attain relief after a short while post starting treatment.
Drug Class and Mechanism
Cleocin Gel is a topical lincomycin antibiotic that works by killing sensitive acne causing bacteria and also be reducing the amount of fatty acids that irritate the surface of the skin.
It is important that you maintain a strict schedule for taking Cleocin Gel to ensure that you do not miss any doses. But if you do, then you may take it as soon as you remember provided that you space out the next dosage accordingly.
On the other hand, if it is almost time for the next dose, then omit this dose and continue with your normal dosage schedule.
Never use two doses to compensate for a missed dosage.
Store Cleocin Gel between 59 to 77 degrees F (15 and 25 Degrees), at room temperature. Ensure that you protect it from direct exposure to heat/moisture/light and from the reach of children and pets.
Avoid storing Cleocin Gel in the bathroom.
Consult your doctor before using Cleocin Gel if you have a gastrointestinal (bowel) disease or diarrhea, if you have any kind of allergies to food items, medicines or other substances, if you are using some kind of herbal preparation, dietary supplement, prescription or non prescription drug.
Do not use Cleocin Gel if you are allergic to any of the ingredients in it (read medicine label if unsure), you have Crohn disease, antibiotic-associated colitis, or ulcerative colitis.
Certain patients experience conditions like stomach pain or cramps, severe diarrhea, or bloody stools while taking Cleocin Gel. If you notice this, then contact your doctor immediately.
Since Cleocin Gel is an antibiotic, it cannot be used to cure viral infections. Also, it is extremely important for you to continue taking the medicine for the full duration of treatment to get rid of the bacteria completely. Patients who leave it midway find it very difficult to treat the bacteria in future as it becomes less sensitive to it.
At the same time, long term usage has been known to lead to a second infection. Inform your doctor promptly if this occurs because your medication may be changed to treat it.
If you are pregnant or have plans for a pregnancy, then consult your doctor before using Cleocin Gel as Cleocin Gel may harm your fetus.
If you are breast feeding then please maintain caution as it is unknown whether Cleocin Gel is passed into the breast milk. So please consult your doctor prior to using it.
Please maintain caution while using Cleocin Gel in children below years of age/elderly patients as the safety as well as effectiveness of Cleocin Gel in these patients are yet to be ascertained.
Cleocin Gel can interact with certain medicines. So, you must inform your doctor if you are taking Nondepolarizing muscle relaxants (eg, vecuronium) or succinylcholine, Erythromycin.