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Clindamycin Anti-Acne Antibiotic Information
A guide to Clindamycin which is an antibiotic prescribed in both oral and topical medications to acne sufferers.

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Clindamycin is one of several frequently prescribed antibiotics that are useful in the fight against acne vulgaris.

It is more commonly prescribed in topical anti-acne medications since the oral clindamycin can cause "colitis" a severe life threatening infection of the colon.

If you're taking clindamycin and you experience stomach cramps, persistent diarrhea, bloody stool, or lower abdominal pains.

Topical clindamycin comes in a gel, cream, or liquid solution and should be applied once or twice a day.

The side effects of topical clindamycin are similar to other anti-acne medications including stinging, burning, peeling, oiliness, dryness and sometimes a serious rash may occur.


Some of the brand names that clindamycin is sold as include Cleocin-T, Clinda-Derm, and Clindagel. They are available by prescription only and should not be used without a dermatologist's guidance.

As with any topical anit-acne medication, it may take several weeks for any improvement in your skin to be seen. You may even see a worsening of your condition before it begins improving.

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