Clindamycin 1% – Dalacin T by Pfizer
What is Dalacin T used for?
How does Dalacin T work?
Dalacin T topical solution and lotion both contain the active ingredient clindamycin phosphate, which is an antibiotic medicine.
Clindamycin is used to treat infections with bacteria. It works by preventing bacteria from producing proteins that are essential to them. Without these proteins the bacteria cannot grow, replicate and increase in numbers. The remaining bacteria eventually die or are destroyed by the immune system. This treats the infection.
Clindamycin is active against a wide variety of bacteria, including the bacteria associated with acne, Propionebacterium acnes. This is a common type of bacteria that feeds on sebum produced by the sebaceous glands in the skin. It produces waste products and fatty acids that irritate the sebaceous glands, making them inflamed and causing spots. By controlling bacterial numbers, the inflammation of the sebaceous glands is brought under control, and the skin is allowed to heal.
It will usually take a few weeks of treatment before your skin improves.
How do I use Dalacin T?
- Wash the skin with a mild cleanser and pat it dry before applying the medicine.
- Dalacin T topical solution or lotion should be applied thinly to the affected areas of skin (not just the individual spots) twice a day.
- The solution bottle has an automatic pad dispenser. Gently dab the pad onto your skin. The lotion bottle has a dispensing cap. Gently rub the lotion into the skin.
- Wash your hands after applying the medicine.
Important information about Dalacin T
- Dalacin T is for external use on the skin only and must not be taken by mouth.
- Avoid getting the medicine in contact with the eyes, mouth, lips and mucous membranes such as the lining of the nose. Rinse the medicine off with warm water if you accidentally get it on these areas.
- Avoid applying the medicine to broken, irritated or sunburnt skin.
- Dalacin T topical solution contains alcohol, which may cause skin irritation and is flammable. Do not apply it near naked flames or while smoking.
- When clindamycin is taken by mouth it can sometimes cause inflammation of the bowel (colitis). Although this is very unlikely to occur when you use the antibiotic on the skin, if you get diarrhoea either during or after using this medicine, particularly if it becomes severe or persistent, or contains blood or mucus, you should stop using this medicine and consult your doctor immediately.
Dalacin T should be used with caution by
- People with sensitive skin.
- People with a history of inflammation of part of the intestines (enteritis).
- People with a history of inflammatory bowel disease, eg Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis.
- People with a history of inflammation of the large intestine due to antibiotic treatment (antibiotic-associated colitis).
Dalacin T should not be used by
- People who are allergic to clindamycin or the related antibiotic lincomycin.
This medicine should not be used if you are allergic to any of its ingredients. Please inform your doctor or pharmacist if you have previously experienced such an allergy.
If you feel you have experienced an allergic reaction, stop using this medicine and inform your doctor or pharmacist immediately.