Compare Cleocin vs. Gentamicin

Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.

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Treats acne.

Cleocin (clindamycin) is proven to be effective at treating acne when combined with another acne medicine and is available in a variety of formulations.

3.5/ 5 average rating with 115 reviewsforCleocin
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Upsides
  • Available in generic.
  • Comes in different formulations (gel, solution, lotion, foam) to fit your preferences.
  • Works well for the kind of acne that causes large, red, and swollen pimples.
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Downsides
  • Foam formulation can cause headaches.
  • You will likely have to use another acne medicine along with Cleocin (clindamycin) since it is not as effective by itself.
  • Is only preferred for mild to moderate acne. If you have severe acne your doctor will most likely prescribe an oral medication.
  • If you only have comedonal acne (small skin-colored bumps on the skin) without any red, swollen pimples, your doctor may give you an alternative medicine.
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Used for
  • Bacterial infection due to Klebsiella pneumoniae Bacterial infection due to Pseudomonas Bacterial meningitis Bacterial sepsis of newborn Bacterial septicemia Citrobacter infection Eye infection Infection due to Enterobacteriaceae Infection due to Escherichia coli Infection of bone Infection of skin AND/OR subcutaneous tissue Infective endocarditis Peritonitis Peritonitis
  • And other gastrointestinal tract infections Proteus infection Respiratory tract infection Serratia marcescens infection Staphylococcal infectious disease Urinary tract infectious disease
  • Actinomycotic infection Appendicitis Cystic fibrosis Febrile neutropenia; Adjunct Female genital infection Infection of uterus
  • Peripartum - Postnatal infection
  • Peripartum Ménière's disease Necrotizing enterocolitis in fetus OR newborn Osteomyelitis Pelvic inflammatory disease Plague Tularemia
Dosage forms
  • Gel
  • Foam
  • Solution
  • Lotion
  • Eye drops
  • Eye cream, gel, or ointment
  • Cream, gel, or ointment
Price
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Reviews
115 reviews so far
57%
saidit'sworth it
43%
saiditworked well
19%
saidit'sa big hassle

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Side effects
9possible side effects
  • Dryness
    23%
  • Oiliness/Oily skin
    18%
  • Redness
    16%
  • Burning
    11%
  • Burning/Itching
    11%
  • Peeling
    11%
  • Itching
    11%
  • Burning where applied
    6%
  • Headache
    3%
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The Garamycin (Gentamicin) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
Risks and risk factors
  • Skin irritation
    • Using other medicines or products that irritate the skin
    • Eczema
    • Extreme temperatures (hot or cold)
  • Severe diarrhea and stomach cramps
    • Using Cleocin (clindamycin) for a long time
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