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Veltin Warnings and Precautions

Veltin may not be the best acne medication for everyone. In fact, it should be avoided by certain people, including those with Crohn's disease. Warnings and precautions for Veltin also involve safety issues, such as protecting yourself from sun exposure while using the drug. To reduce your risk of problems, tell your doctor about your medical history and current medications before beginning treatment.

What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider?

You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to using Veltin™ (clindamycin/tretinoin gel) if you have:
 
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
 
  • Pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant
  • Breastfeeding.
     
In addition, you should tell your healthcare provider about all of the medicines you take, including prescription and nonprescription medications, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
 

Specific Warnings and Precautions With Veltin

Some precautions and warnings to be aware of with this medication include the following:
 
  • Antibiotics (like clindamycin, one of the components of Veltin) can disrupt the normal bacteria in the digestive tract, allowing undesirable bacteria to overgrow. A serious problem known as pseudomembranous colitis may result and can occur while you are taking the antibiotic or even weeks later.
Be sure to watch for signs of this problem, which can become life-threatening, such as bloody diarrhea or severe diarrhea. Mild, short-term diarrhea is a common side effect of many antibiotics and is usually not a cause for concern.
  • While pseudomembranous colitis is most common with oral or IV clindamycin, it is possible with other forms of the medication that are applied to the skin as well, such as Veltin.
     
  • Avoid contact with the delicate skin around the eyes and mouth.
     
  • Avoid exposure to sunlight, including artificial sunlight such as sun lamps or tanning booths, as this medication increases your sensitivity to the sun. Be sure to talk with your healthcare provider about a sunscreen that is appropriate for your skin type and that will not make your acne worse.
     
  • Although some skin irritation, redness, and burning are to be expected when you first start Veltin, make sure to let your healthcare provider know if extreme irritation occurs.
     
  • Veltin may react with a few other medications (see Veltin Drug Interactions).
     
  • This product is a pregnancy Category C medication, which means that it may not be safe for use during pregnancy, although the full risks are currently unknown (see Veltin and Pregnancy for more information).
     
  • At least one of the active ingredients in Veltin passes through breast milk. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding a child, check with your healthcare provider or your child's healthcare provider before using this medication (see Veltin and Breastfeeding).
     

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