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BenzaClin Warnings and Precautions

Before using BenzaClin, tell your healthcare provider if you have a sunburn, eczema, or a history of colitis. Other warnings and precautions include avoiding contact between BenzaClin and the skin around your eyes and mouth, and avoiding exposure to sunlight (including artificial sunlight from tanning booths). You may not be able to use this medicine if you have certain allergies, are pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider?

You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to using BenzaClin® (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
  • A history of colitis
  • 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 BenzaClin

Some warnings and precautions to be aware of before using this acne medicine include the following:
  • BenzaClin is for topical use only. This means it should only be applied to the skin. Do not get the medicine in your eyes, mouth, nose, or other body openings, as it can be irritating.
  • Like other antibiotics, BenzaClin use may increase the risk for developing a secondary skin infection, such as a fungal or yeast infection. Stop using this medicine and contact your healthcare provider if you notice signs of a skin or nail infection, such as a red, scaly, itchy rash or discolored, painful, or swollen nails.
  • Using other topical acne products or abrasive cloths, sponges, or cleansers may cause severe skin irritation. Do not use these products while using BenzaClin without your healthcare provider's approval. If you experience severe skin irritation while using this medication, stop using it and contact your healthcare provider.
  • 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 BenzaClin to skin that is cut, scraped, sunburned, has eczema, or is otherwise irritated.
  • If your skin becomes too dry while using this medication, try using a nonmedicated moisturizer. In clinical trials, people generally used a skin moisturizer in addition to BenzaClin.
  • The gel may bleach hair or colored fabric.
  • Your skin will be more sensitive to the sun while using BenzaClin, so you should minimize your exposure to the sun (including artificial sun, such as sunlamps and tanning beds). Also, use a PABA-free sunscreen and wear protective clothing, such as a hat, when you are out in the sun. Your healthcare can recommend an appropriate sunscreen.
  • You may experience some temporary or minor skin irritation, such as redness, burning, stinging, dryness, or itching of the skin when you use BenzaClin. This is normal and not usually a cause for concern. However, contact your healthcare provider if these side effects are severe, bothersome, get worse with repeated use, or are accompanied by skin swelling.
  • All antibiotics, including clindamycin (one of the active ingredients of BenzaClin), 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.
  • BenzaClin 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 BenzaClin and Pregnancy).
  • It is not known if BenzaClin passes through breast milk. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding or plan to start, talk to your healthcare provider before beginning treatment (see BenzaClin and Breastfeeding).

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