clindamycin and tretinoin (topical) (cont.)
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What should I discuss with my health care provider before using clindamycin and tretinoin topical (Ziana)?
Although this medicine is applied to the skin, your body may absorb enough clindamycin to cause serious side effects.
Do not use this medication if you are allergic to clindamycin (Cleocin, Clina-Derm, Clindets), or tretinoin (Renova, Retin-A, Tretin-X), or if you have:
Before using clindamycin and tretinoin topical, tell your doctor if you are allergic to any drugs, or if you have a history of stomach or intestinal disorders. You may not be able to use the medication, or you may need a dosage adjustment or special tests during treatment.
FDA pregnancy category C. This medication may be harmful to an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during treatment.
How should I use clindamycin and tretinoin topical (Ziana)?
Use clindamycin and tretinoin topical exactly as your doctor has prescribed it for you. Using more medicine or applying it more often than prescribed will not make it work any faster, and may increase side effects. Do not use this medication for longer than your doctor has prescribed.
Wash your hands before and after applying this medication.
Wash your face with a mild soap or cleanser and pat the skin dry with a clean towel.
Use only a pea-sized amount of clindamycin and tretinoin topical. Apply to your entire face every night at bedtime.
Do not wash your face more than 3 times daily while using this medication. Washing more often or scrubbing your face when you wash it can make your acne worse.
Avoid getting this medication in your eyes, mouth, or nose (or in the creases of your nose), or on your lips. If it does get into any of these areas, wash with water. Do not apply this medicine to sunburned, windburned, dry, chapped, irritated, or broken skin.
Use this medication for as many days as it has been prescribed for you even if you think it is not working. Call your doctor if skin irritation becomes severe or if your acne does not improve after several weeks of using this medicine.
Store tretinoin topical at room temperature away from moisture and heat.
Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration
You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.
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