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A 25-year-old female asked:

how long is it safe to use clindamycin, topically?

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Dr. Kathleen Mullane
Internal Medicine 32 years experience
Acne antibiotics: Topical Clindamycin is used when acne is not controlled by standard care with benzoyl peroxide/salacylic acid or other otc products used religiously. It should be used in conjunction with other therapies. Unlike systemic antibiotics little is absorbed. The only limit for use is: toxicities (rash, diarrhea, c diff), inefficacy/resistance, resolution of acne.

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A 36-year-old member asked:

How long can clindamycin side effects last?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Bennett Werner
Cardiology 44 years experience
Depends: The drug is out of your system in <15 hours but the side effects may linger depending on what you have. For instance c. Difficile diarrhea can be very persistent as can some allergic reactions.
A 38-year-old member asked:

What is clindamycin?

1 doctor answer5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Simon Tsiouris
Infectious Disease 23 years experience
Antibiotic: Clindamycin is an antibiotic that comes in topical and oral forms and is used to treat a variety of infections.
A 34-year-old member asked:

I feel awful since I started using clindamycin - what's going on?

1 doctor answer6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Please: tell your prescribing provider the specific side effects that you are experiencing.
A 45-year-old member asked:

Is there sulfa in clindamycin, because I might be allergic?

1 doctor answer3 doctors weighed in
Dr. John Overholt
Allergy and Immunology 26 years experience
Sulfonamide: "sulfa" allergy is a misnomer. The proper term is sulfonamide allergy. This poor precision of language has resulted in much confusion for patients and practitioners alike. In any case, even if you are allergic to sulfonamide antibiotics, clindamycin, a macrolide, is safe to take without risk of cross reaction.
A 35-year-old member asked:

Is there sulfa drug in clindamycin?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Joseph Campanelli
Facial Plastic Surgery 29 years experience
Different antibiotic: The sulfa antibiotics and Clindamycin are different classes of antibiotic and should not cross react in regard to drug allergies.

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