If you have bacterial vaginosis, a healthcare provider may prescribe clindamycin cream or suppositories. Clindamycin is a type of antibiotic used to treat various bacterial infections. It comes in several forms, but the cream and suppositories are used to treat vaginal infections.
Clindamycin cream works to treat infections by interfering with bacteria's ability to make proteins. Without these proteins, bacteria are unable to grow and multiply.
Although many people tolerate both clindamycin cream and suppositories well, side effects may occur. Because this medication can disrupt the normal bacteria in the vagina, this may lead to yeast infections.
It is important to know that clindamycin is approved for treating infections only when they are caused by certain types of bacteria. Not all bacteria will respond to the drug.
(Click Clindamycin for more information on how clindamycin cream can help treat vaginal infections, including bacterial vaginosis. This article also discusses general dosing guidelines, safety precautions, and tips on effectively using this medication.)
Written by/reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
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