benzoyl peroxide - clindamycin

By Dow Pharmaceutical Sciences

What is this medication for?

This is a combination medication containing two active ingredients: clindamycin and benzoyl peroxide. They are used together to treat acne. Both ingredients kill the bacteria that cause pimples and blackheads. This medication also removes excess oil and dries the skin. Sometimes improvement can be seen as early as 2 weeks, but in certain cases, it may take up to 6 to 10 weeks of treatment to see the best results.

Your doctor may have suggested this medication for conditions other than those listed here. As well, some forms of this medication may not be used for all of the conditions discussed here. If you are not sure why you are using this medication, speak to your doctor. Do not stop using this medication without consulting your doctor.

Do not give this medication to anyone else, even if they have the same symptoms as you do. It can be harmful for people to use this medication if their doctor has not prescribed it.

What form(s) does this medication come in?

Acanya is available as:

  • gel (topical)
    • benzoyl peroxide 2.5% and clindamycin 1.2%
Some medications may have other generic brands available. Always ask your doctor or pharmacist about the safety of switching between brands of the same medication.

How should I use this medication?

The recommended dose of benzoyl peroxide - clindamycin is one application in the morning and one application in the evening (or as directed by the doctor) as a thin layer. In order to get the best results from this medication, you should first wash the affected areas thoroughly using a non-medicated soap, then rinse with warm water and gently pat dry. Apply a thin layer of the medication to the affected areas.

Wash your hands after each use. Do not apply the medication more often than directed by your doctor; this will not speed up the treatment, but it may irritate your skin. Be sure to use the medication for the full duration prescribed by your doctor.

Keep this medication away from the eyes, nose, lips, mouth, and other mucous membranes. If it comes into contact with any of them, rinse the area well with water. If soreness or redness develops, contact your doctor.

Many things can affect the dose of medication that a person needs, such as body weight, other medical conditions, and other medications. If your doctor has recommended a dose different from the ones listed here, do not change the way that you are using the medication without consulting your doctor.

It is important to use this medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor.

If you miss a dose, apply it as soon as possible and continue with your regular schedule. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not use a double dose or apply the medication more thickly to make up for a missed dose. If you are not sure what to do after missing a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.

Store this medication at room temperature, protect it from light and moisture, and keep it out of the reach of children. Discard any leftover medication after 3 months from the time it was dispensed.

Who should NOT take this medication?

Do not use benzoyl peroxide - clindamycin if you:

  • are allergic to clindamycin, lincomycin, benzoyl peroxide, or any of the ingredients of the medication
  • have had certain bowel problems (regional enteritis, ulcerative colitis, or antibiotic-associated colitis)
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