Clindesse

(clindamycin)

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Treats bacterial vaginal infections with a single dose.

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Clindesse (clindamycin) treats vaginal infections and is very easy to use.

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Quick facts about Clindesse
  • Drug class: Women's health
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (clindamycin)

Upsides

  • Very easy to use and works within a few days.
  • Generic available, so cost is lower.
  • Doesn't have many side effects.
  • You can stand up and walk around right after you use it, so you can use it at any time of day.
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Downsides

  • Can cause yeast infections in some women.
  • After using Clindesse (clindamycin), must avoid sex and using tampons for 7 days.
  • Can very rarely cause severe diarrhea.
  • Cannot be used if you have bowel diseases like Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis.
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How it works

Clindesse (clindamycin) is a type of antibacterial called a lincosamide. It gets rid of infections by stopping the bacteria from growing and spreading.

Quick facts about Clindesse
  • Drug class: Women's health
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (clindamycin)

Dosage forms

  • Cream
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What to expect when you take Clindesse (clindamycin) for Bacterial vaginosis

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  • Possible side effects
  • Yeast infection
  • Headache
  • Back pain
  • Constipation
  • Bladder infection
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Side effect rates for Clindesse (clindamycin)

From 170 clinical trials of Clindesse when taken for bacterial vaginosis (100 mg)
  • Yeast infection
    14%14%
    8%8%
  • Headache
    7%7%
    2%2%
  • Back pain
    5%5%
    1%1%
  • Constipation
    2%2%
  • Bladder infection
    2%2%
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Risks and Warnings for Clindesse (clindamycin)

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    • Higher risk if:
    • Known allergy to clindamycin
    • Known allergy to lincosamides

    You should not use Clindesse (clindamycin) if you know you are allergic to clindamycin or any lincosamides. Tell your doctor and pharmacist about any drug allergies you have before using Clindesse (clindamycin). If you get a sudden high fever, severe skin rash, or trouble breathing while using Clindesse (clindamycin), talk to your doctor right away or go to the emergency room.

Common concerns from people taking Clindesse (clindamycin)

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  • Clindesse (clindamycin) can weaken or break condoms and vaginal diaphragms for 5 days after you finish using it. These barrier methods will not be reliable for preventing pregnancy and STIs during this time.