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Acanya Warnings and Precautions

Before starting treatment with Acanya, tell your healthcare provider if you have eczema, sensitivity to the sun, or an upcoming surgery. Other warnings and precautions for Acanya relate to possible skin irritation, such as redness and burning, and potential drug interactions. Also, you should not use this acne treatment if you have ulcerative colitis or Crohn's disease.

What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider?

You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to using Acanya® (clindamycin/benzoyl peroxide) if you have:
  • Eczema
  • Sunburned, windburned, or otherwise irritated skin
  • Sensitivity to the sun or if you go out in the sun often
  • Colitis
  • Crohn's disease
  • A history of inflammation of the colon from antibiotics (antibiotic-associated colitis)
  • Plans to have surgery with general anesthesia
  • Any allergies, including to foods, dyes, or preservatives.
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
  • Pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant
  • Breastfeeding.
You should also tell your healthcare provider about all other medications you are taking, including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.

Specific Precautions and Warnings With Acanya

Some warnings and precautions to be aware of before using this acne medicine include the following:
  • Acanya is for topical use only, which means it should only be applied to the skin. Do not get the medicine on your lips or in your eyes, mouth, or nose, as it can be irritating. If the medicine does get on these areas, rinse it off with warm water.
  • Using other topical acne products or abrasive cloths, sponges, or cleansers with Acanya may cause severe skin irritation. Do not use these products unless your healthcare provider tells you otherwise.
  • Applying more than a thin layer or using the gel more often than prescribed will not lead to faster or better results. Instead, it may cause more skin irritation, redness, and dryness.
  • You should not apply this medicine to skin that is cut, scraped, sunburned, or has an open wound.
  • Acanya gel may bleach hair or colored fabric. Many people find it easiest to use white towels and sheets to avoid some of these problems.
  • Your skin will be more sensitive to the sun while using Acanya, so you should minimize your exposure to the sun (including artificial sun, such as sunlamps and tanning beds). Also, use a PABA-free sunscreen (at least 15 SPF) and wear protective clothing, such as a hat, when you are out in the sun. Your healthcare provider can recommend an appropriate sunscreen.
  • You may experience some temporary or minor skin irritation, such as redness, itching, or stinging. Stop using this medication and contact your healthcare provider if these side effects are severe, bothersome, get worse with repeated use, or are accompanied by skin swelling.
  • It is not known whether Acanya is safe or effective when used for longer than 12 weeks, as it has not been studied for long-term use.
  • All antibiotics, including clindamycin (one of the active ingredients of Acanya), may cause a potentially serious problem known as pseudomembranous colitis. This problem occurs when the antibiotic alters the normal bacteria in the body, allowing undesirable bacteria to overgrow.
Pseudomembranous colitis is unlikely to occur with topical antibiotic use; however, it is important to tell your healthcare provider about any bloody or watery diarrhea, as these may be signs of a serious problem.
  • Acanya is a pregnancy Category C medication, which means it may not be safe for use during pregnancy. Talk with your healthcare provider about the risks and benefits of using this medicine when pregnant (see Acanya and Pregnancy).
  • It is not known if Acanya passes through breast milk. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding or plan to start, talk to your healthcare provider before beginning treatment (see Acanya and Breastfeeding).

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