Cleocin

(clindamycin)

3.5/ 5 average rating with 115 reviewsforCleocin
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Treats acne.

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Our bottom line

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

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    $157.94
Quick facts about Cleocin
  • Drug class: Dermatologic
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (clindamycin)

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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How it works

Cleocin (clindamycin) is an antibiotic. It treats acne by preventing the bacteria that cause acne from growing and reproducing.

Quick facts about Cleocin
  • Drug class: Dermatologic
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (clindamycin)

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Dosage forms

  • Gel
  • Foam
  • Solution
  • Lotion
People’s experience with Cleocin

115reviews so far. What do you think?

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What to expect when you take Cleocin (clindamycin) for Acne

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  • Possible side effects
  • Burning
  • Itching
  • Dryness
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Side effect rates for Cleocin (clindamycin)

From 553 clinical trials of Cleocin when taken for acne
  • Dryness
    23%23%
  • Oiliness/Oily skin
    18%18%
  • Dryness
    18%18%
  • Redness
    16%16%
  • Burning
    11%11%
  • Burning/Itching
    11%11%
  • Peeling
    11%11%
  • Burning
    11%11%
  • Itching
    11%11%
  • Burning
    10%10%
  • Itching
    10%10%
  • Oiliness/Oily skin
    10%10%
  • Itching
    7%7%
  • Redness
    7%7%
  • Peeling
    7%7%
  • Burning where applied
    6%6%
    9%9%
  • Headache
    3%3%
    1%1%
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The placebo bar shows how common a side effect was for people taking a sugar pill instead of Cleocin.

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People taking Cleocin felt side effect more

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Risks and Warnings for Cleocin (clindamycin)

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    • Higher risk if:
    • Using other medicines or products that irritate the skin
    • Eczema
    • Extreme temperatures (hot or cold)

    Cleocin (clindamycin) may cause skin redness, burning, and peeling. Speak to your doctor if the irritation is bothersome or does not go away.