Generic name: Benzoyl peroxide, ClindamycinBrand names: BenzaClin
BenzaClin is an acne treatment. Both its ingredients—the antibiotic clindamycin and the antibacterial agent benzoyl peroxide—attack the bacteria that help cause acne.
Although BenzaClin is applied only to the skin, some of BenzaClin could be absorbed into the bloodstream. Once in the system, it has been known to cause severe colitis. Symptoms include severe or bloody diarrhea and abdominal cramps.
Before applying BenzaClin, gently wash the affected skin and rinse with warm water. Pat the skin dry. Apply the medication to the entire area, not just the pimples. Do not use BenzaClin more often than recommended by your doctor. Excessive use can make your skin dry or irritated.
Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, inform your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue using BenzaClin.
Do not use BenzaClin if you are allergic to either of its ingredients, or to the antibiotic lincomycin. Also avoid BenzaClin if you have a history of colitis.
BenzaClin gel is for external use only. Avoid contact with your eyes, nose, mouth, and all mucous membranes.
BenzaClin can cause skin irritation, especially if it is used with other skin treatments that are abrasive or cause peeling. Do not combine BenzaClin with other treatments unless directed by your doctor. If your skin becomes severely irritated, stop using BenzaClin and call your doctor.
As you use this antibiotic, organisms that are resistant to it may start to grow. If this occurs, your doctor will have you stop using BenzaClin.
BenzaClin may bleach hair or colored fabric.
This product has not been tested in children under 12.
Do not use BenzaClin with medications containing erythromycin.
If you develop diarrhea while taking BenzaClin, check with your doctor before taking an antidiarrhea medication. Some can make your diarrhea worse. For instance, you should avoid the commonly used drugs that slow movement through the intestinal tract, such as diphenoxylate hydrochloride and atropine sulfate or products containing paregoric.
If you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant, inform your doctor immediately. The possibility that BenzaClin could harm the developing baby has not been ruled out.
Clindamycin can make its way into breast milk, where it could harm a nursing infant. You'll need to choose between nursing your baby and continuing your treatment with BenzaClin.
Apply to the affected areas twice daily, once in the morning and once in the evening.
A massive overdose of BenzaClin is unlikely. However, any medication taken in excess can have serious consequences. If you suspect an overdose, seek medical help immediately.