What is Dalacin?
Dalacin is a cream for vaginal insertion which contains the antibiotic clindamycin. Clindamycin kills the bacteria which cause the typical symptoms of bacterial vaginosis, such as discharge and a fishy smell.
You cannot take Dalacin orally. If you prefer an oral treatment, you can opt for metronidazole tablets.
Dalacin is not suitable for use during your period, as it may not be effective during this time. You can either delay your treatment until your bleeding has stopped or choose an oral treatment.
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How to use the cream
Dalacin comes with an applicator, which makes it easy for you to insert the correct dose of 5 grams into your vagina. You need to use the clindamycin cream for seven days in a row and you should use the treatment in the evening before going to bed.
Your symptoms are likely to improve within 2 to 3 days of treatment but you still need to finish the course you have been prescribed to make sure the infection doesn’t return.
It is not recommended to have sex during the treatment. If you decide to have sex while undergoing treatment with Dalacin cream, it is important that you do not rely on a barrier contraceptive such as a condom or diaphragm for contraception. Dalacin cream weakens the material condoms and diaphragms are made of and increases the risk that they fail. You should not use a barrier method for contraception until 72 hours after your last dose of the cream.
Who can use the clindamycin cream?
Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, as a clindamycin cream may not be the best treatment for you. You can not use Dalacin if you are allergic to any of the ingredients. It is also not suitable for patients who have suffered from inflammatory bowel disease or colitis caused by antibiotics.
If you develop severe or bloody diarrhoea during your treatment, stop using Dalacin and speak to your doctor.