23 Feb 2012

Self Medication Guide For Common Illnesses

Read this leaflet carefully before taking your medicine. Ask your pharmacist or doctor if you have any further questions about your medicine. 

1.  Generic Name or Active Ingredient:


2.  Uses:

     Available as a topical solution, lotion or gel for the treatment of severe acne.

3.  How This Medicine Works:

Clindamycin is in a class of medication called lincomycin antibiotics. It works by slowing or stopping the growth of bacteria that cause acne and by decreasing swelling.

 4.  Do Not Use This Medicine If:

·         You are allergic to clindamycin. 

5.  Before You Start To Apply This Medicine:

·         Inform your pharmacist or doctor if you are allergic to any other medications.

·         Inform your pharmacist or doctor if you are or plan to get pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

·         Consult a doctor before using this medicine in children. 

6.    Using With Other Medication:

Inform your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking any other medication, vitamins, herbal preparations or supplements, as they may interfere with this medicine. 

7.  How To Apply This Medicine:

Follow the directions on your medication label carefully, and ask your pharmacist to explain any part you do not understand. (hyperlink DIS) 

a)    How to apply

·         For external use only.

·         Apply a thin film of solution, lotion, or gel to affected skin areas.  

b)   When to apply

·         Apply twice daily, at around the same time every day.

c)    How long to apply

·         Topical treatment should be continued for at least 6 months, or as directed by your pharmacist or doctor. 

d)   If you forget to apply

Apply it as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, wait until then to take the medicine. Do not double the dose. 

8.  While Applying This Medicine: 

a)    Things you should do:

·         Use topical clindamycin as directed.

·         Avoid concomitant use with the antibiotic erythromycin (oral, injection,or topical). 

b)   Things you must NOT do:

·         Do not swallow the medication.

·         Do not get the medication in your eyes, nose, mouth, or vagina. If you do get the medication in your eyes, nose, mouth, or on broken skin, rinse it out with plenty of cool clean water. 

In case of overdose, seek immediate medical attention. 

9.  Side Effects:

All medicines may have some unwanted side effects. Sometimes they are serious, but most of the time they are not. Tell your pharmacist or doctor if you have any side effects which are severe or persistent.

      Possible side effects:

·         Dry or peeling skin,

·         Itching or burning skin

·         Redness of skin

·         Oily skin, new pimples or blemishes

·         Headache 

10. Storage and disposal:

·         Store at room temperature and in a dry place.

·         Keep away from direct sunlight.

·         Keep out of reach of children.

·         Do not use after the expiry date has passed.

·         Return any unused or expired medication to the nearest pharmacy.


1.    Website:

2.    Micromedex Healthcare Series 2.0

3.    Lexicomp’s Drug Information Handbook 19th edition

4.    Malaysian Index of Medical Specialities  2011

5.    British National Formulary Vol. 60.