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Clindamycin Phosphate

Clindamycin Phosphate

Clindamycin Phosphate is an antibacterial agent that is a derivative of lincomycin. It is available in various forms, such as a topical solution, lotion, gel, foam, and in some cases, an oral form or injectable form. The topical formulations are primarily used for the treatment of acne vulgaris and other skin infections. The medication works by inhibiting the growth of bacteria, which helps to reduce inflammation and prevent new acne lesions from forming.


Clindamycin Phosphate is indicated for the treatment of mild to moderate acne vulgaris. It may also be used to treat other types of bacterial skin infections, depending on the healthcare provider's assessment.


The dosage of Clindamycin Phosphate can vary depending on the form used (topical or oral) and the severity of the condition being treated. For topical forms, the typical application is twice daily on clean, dry skin. For oral or injectable forms, the dosage will be determined by the healthcare provider based on the type and severity of the infection. Always follow the instructions provided by your healthcare provider.


Clindamycin Phosphate is contraindicated in patients who have a history of hypersensitivity or allergic reactions to clindamycin, lincomycin, or any of the inactive ingredients in the formulation.

Special Precautions

Diarrhea: Clindamycin has been associated with severe colitis, including pseudomembranous colitis, which can occur during or after treatment. If severe diarrhea occurs, discontinue use and contact a healthcare provider. Colitis: Monitor for signs of colitis, which can occur in some patients, especially those with a history of gastrointestinal issues. Antibiotic Resistance: Prolonged use of Clindamycin may lead to the development of antibiotic-resistant strains of bacteria. Pregnancy and Nursing: Use with caution during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Consult a healthcare provider before using.

Side Effects

Dryness or peeling of the skin Redness or irritation at the application site Itching or burning sensation

Drug Interactions

Erythromycin: Clindamycin may interact with erythromycin, potentially reducing the effectiveness of either medication. Neuromuscular blocking agents: Clindamycin may enhance the effects of neuromuscular blocking agents, so caution is advised if used concurrently.

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