Compare Cleocin vs. Renova

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Cleocin T (Clindamycin Phosphate)

Prescription only

Renova (Tretinoin)

Prescription only
Topical treatment for acne.

Cleocin T (Clindamycin Phosphate) is good for treating many bacterial infections and is available as a generic. If you're taking the vaginal form, you have to avoid sex and tampons for the period your doctor tells you to. The topical form can cause skin sensitivity and irritation.

4.8/ 7 average rating with 115 reviewsforCleocin
Treats acne and sun damage.

Renova (Tretinoin) isn't a cure for fine lines and wrinkles, but it's clinically proven to improve them.

4.2/ 7 average rating with 58 reviewsforRenova
Upsides
  • Available in generic.
  • Topical form treats acne.
  • Available in different oral forms: tablet, capsule, and suspension.
  • Available in forms to treat skin infections and vaginal infections.
  • Used to treat many types of bacterial infections.
  • Less resistance seen in bacteria to this antibiotic. Your doctor may run tests to see which antibiotics will kill the bacteria causing your infection.
  • Can be taken with or without food.
  • You only need to apply it once a day, usually in the evening.
  • Most people who reported having skin irritation said that it was mild.
  • Part of a complete program to help you take better care of your skin.
Downsides
  • Have to take the oral forms with a full glass of liquid or with food since it can cause irritation in your stomach and esophagus.
  • If you're taking the vaginal form, you have to avoid sex and not use tampons for the period your doctor tells you to.
  • If you're allergic to aspirin, your doctor may have to prescribe an alternate.
  • If you have to take live vaccines, talk to your doctor when to take them since Clindamycin can make it less effective.
  • If you're taking the topical form, it can cause sensitivity and irritation.
  • It may take up to 6 months to see the full benefit for facial wrinkles.
  • Not a good choice for women who want to become or are pregnant
  • Can change the color and texture of your skin if used long-term.
  • You need to be careful about avoiding any sunlight or artificial tanning while using it.
  • It doesn't work for deep wrinkles.
Used for
Dosage forms
  • Topical
  • Cream, gel, or ointment
  • Foam
  • Vaginal cream
  • Vaginal suppository
  • Injection
  • Cream, gel, or ointment
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Reviews
115 
57%
think this treatment is worth it
43%
think this treatment works well
19%
think this treatment is a hassle

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58 
41%
think this treatment is worth it
28%
think this treatment works well
28%
think this treatment is a hassle

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Side effects
The Cleocin T (Clindamycin Phosphate) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
4possible side effects
  • Mild skin reactions
    100%
  • Severe local irritation
    7%
  • Any side effect
    4%
  • Skin hypo- or hyperpigmentation
    2%
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Risks and warnings
  • Liver damage

    History of liver disease

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  • Skin irritation

    Using other medicines or products that irritate the skin

    ...and 2 more risk factors

  • Allergic reactions

    Allergy to fish or fish products

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