Font Size

clindamycin vaginal (cont.)

What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before using clindamycin vaginal (Cleocin Vaginal)?

Do not use this medication if you are allergic to clindamycin or lincomycin (Bactramycin, L-Mycin, Lincocin, or if you have

  • colitis, Crohn's disease, or other intestinal disorder; or
  • if you have ever had severe diarrhea caused by using an antibiotic.

Before using clindamycin vaginal, tell your doctor if you are allergic to any drugs, or if you have any type of intestinal disorder. You may not be able to use clindamycin vaginal, or you may need a dosage adjustment or special tests during treatment.

FDA pregnancy category B. This medication is not expected to be harmful to an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during treatment. Clindamycin vaginal is sometimes used in pregnant women.

Clindamycin vaginal cream may contain mineral oil, which can weaken the latex rubber in a condom. This could result in breaking of the condom, and an unintended pregnancy could result. Avoid using a condom as a birth control method while you are using clindamycin vaginal and for at least 72 hours (3 days) after your treatment ends.

Clindamycin vaginal can pass into breast milk and may harm a nursing baby. Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

How should I use clindamycin vaginal (Cleocin Vaginal)?

Use this medication exactly as it was prescribed for you. Do not use the medication in larger amounts, or use it for longer than recommended by your doctor. Follow the directions on your prescription label.

This medication comes with patient instructions for safe and effective use. Follow these directions carefully. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions.

Apply the vaginal cream only with the disposable applicators provided with the medicine. Use a new applicator each time you apply the cream, and then throw the applicator away. Do not clean or reuse a disposable applicator.

Clindamycin vaginal is usually used at bedtime for 3 to 7 nights in a row.

This medication can cause burning or irritation if you accidentally get it in your eyes. If this does happen, rinse with plenty of cool water.

Use this medication for the entire length of time prescribed by your doctor. Your symptoms may get better before the infection is completely treated. This medication will not treat a vaginal yeast infection.

If you need to have any type of surgery, tell the surgeon ahead of time that you are using clindamycin vaginal. You may need to stop using the medicine for a short time.

Call your doctor if your symptoms get worse, or if they do not improve after using this medicine for 7 nights in a row.

Store clindamycin vaginal 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.

Pill Identifier Tool

Need help identifying pills and medications?
Use the pill finder tool on RxList.

Medical Dictionary