Proper Use

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Wash your hands before and after using this medicine.

Avoid getting this medicine in your eyes. If this medicine does get into your eyes, rinse them immediately with large amounts of cool tap water. If your eyes still burn or are painful, check with your doctor.

Vaginal clindamycin usually comes with patient directions. Read them carefully before using this medicine.

Use clindamycin vaginal cream exactly as directed by your doctor.

  • To fill the applicator if you are not using a pre-filled applicator
    • Remove cap from the tube.
    • Screw one of the applicators onto the tube. Always use a new applicator. Never use one that has been used before.
    • Squeeze the medicine into the applicator slowly until it is full.
    • Remove the applicator from the tube. Replace the cap on the tube.
  • To insert the vaginal cream using the applicator
    • Relax while lying on your back with your knees bent.
    • Hold the full applicator in one hand. Insert it slowly into the vagina. Stop before it becomes uncomfortable.
    • Slowly press the plunger until it stops.
    • Withdraw the applicator. The medicine will be left behind in the vagina.
  • To care for the applicator
    • Throw the applicator away after you use it.

To help clear up your infection completely, it is very important that you keep using this medicine for the full time of treatment , even if your symptoms begin to clear up after a few days. If you stop using this medicine too soon, your symptoms may return. Do not miss any doses. Also, continue using this medicine even if your menstrual period starts during the time of treatment .

Dosing

The dose of this medicine will be different for different patients. Follow your doctor's orders or the directions on the label. The following information includes only the average doses of this medicine. If your dose is different, do not change it unless your doctor tells you to do so.

The amount of medicine that you take depends on the strength of the medicine. Also, the number of doses you take each day, the time allowed between doses, and the length of time you take the medicine depend on the medical problem for which you are using the medicine.

  • For vaginal cream dosage form:
    • For bacterial vaginosis:
      • Adults and teenagers who are not pregnant—One applicatorful (100 milligrams [mg]) inserted into the vagina once a day, usually at bedtime, for three or seven days.
      • Adults and teenagers who are pregnant—One applicatorful (100 milligrams [mg]) inserted into the vagina once a day, usually at bedtime, for seven days.
      • Children—Use and dose must be determined by your doctor.
  • For vaginal cream prefilled applicator dosage form:
    • For bacterial vaginosis:
      • Adults and teenagers—One applicatorful (100 milligrams [mg]) inserted into the vagina one time at any time of the day. This is a one-day treatment.
      • Children—Use and dose must be determined by your doctor.

Missed Dose

If you miss a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double doses.

Storage

Store the medicine in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light. Keep from freezing.

Keep out of the reach of children.

Do not keep outdated medicine or medicine no longer needed.