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Duac Side Effects

In clinical studies on the possible side effects of Duac, some of the most commonly reported problems included skin redness, peeling, and dryness. In most cases, reactions are minor and easy to treat. However, contact your healthcare provider right away if you have more serious problems, such as hives, swelling of the face, or bloody diarrhea.

An Introduction to Duac Side Effects

Just like any medication, Duac® (clindamycin/benzoyl peroxide) can cause side effects. However, not everyone who uses the medication will have problems. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well. If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or are treated easily by you or your healthcare provider.
(This article covers many, but not all, of the possible side effects with Duac. Your healthcare provider can discuss a more complete list with you.)

Common Side Effects of Duac

Duac has been studied extensively in clinical trials. In these studies, the side effects that occurred in people using Duac were carefully documented and compared to those side effects that occurred in people using a placebo gel (a gel that does not contain any active ingredients).
In these studies, the most commonly reported Duac side effects included skin reactions, such as:
  • Redness of the skin -- in up to 31 percent of people
  • Skin peeling -- up to 19 percent
  • Dryness -- up to 16 percent
  • Burning -- up to 5 percent.

Serious Side Effects

Some side effects of Duac are potentially serious and should be reported immediately to your healthcare provider. These include but are not limited to:
  • Swelling or inflammation of the face, eyes, eyelids, or nose
  • Skin redness, irritation, peeling, or burning that is severe, does not go away, or gets worse with repeated use
  • Extreme sensitivity to the sun or severe sunburn
  • Watery, bloody, or severe diarrhea
  • A fungal infection of the skin or nails
  • Signs of an allergic reaction, such as:
    • An unexplained rash
    • Hives
    • Itching
    • Swelling of the mouth or throat
    • Wheezing
    • Difficulty breathing.

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