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What is Dalacin Cream
Bacterial vaginosis, also known as BV, is an infection which occurs when the balance of the bacteria within the vagina shifts, usually leading to one of the many forms of bacteria there multiplying to excessive levels. BV does not always cause symptoms meaning that some women may not seek treatment, but if you notice any changes to your vagina, including usual discharge then it is important to seek advice as you may require an antibiotic such as Dalacin cream.
Can I buy Dalacin cream online?
Dalacin cream is prescribed online by a doctor after you have completed a medical assessment to ensure this is the correct medication for you. If you have any concerns about your health, you can also book a free online appointment with the doctor to discuss this before getting your prescription.
If you are approved for this treatment, you will be given a prescription and prompted to purchase your medication. It will be sent discreetly by next-day delivery where possible and to your chosen address.
How effective is Dalacin?
Treatment is usually prescribed for anywhere up to 7 days, but studies have shown that a 3 day prescription is as effective at clearing up BV as 7 days when a shorter treatment time is more appropriate, for example, during pregnancy.
Why choose Dalacin cream?
Dalacin treats BV in the form of a cream rather than a pill which is preferable for a patient who struggles to swallow tablets. It is also easy to apply, and the cream is inserted quickly and hygienically with an applicator. It works overnight as you sleep, so you need not worry about any issues with the cream affecting how you feel during the day or needing to wear a pad in your underwear due to leaked treatment.
Due to it being applied via a cream rather than orally, it is less likely to interfere with other medications, too, as the active antibiotic ingredient goes straight to the source of the infection rather than having to move through the system first, potentially interfering with any other medication you may take.
What is contained in Dalacin?
The active ingredient in each dose of Dalacin is clindamycin phosphate.
The inactive ingredients are:
- benzyl alcohol
- cetostearyl alcohol
- cetyl palmitate
- mineral oil
- polysorbate 60
- propylene glycol
- purified water
- sorbitan monostearate
- stearic acid
How does Dalacin cream work?
Bacteria requires certain proteins to be able to reproduce and grow in numbers; Dalacin cream stops the production of this protein and, in turn, stops the infection’s ability to develop. The majority of the bacteria dies due to the treatment, and anythingwhich the cream does not destroy is killed off by your own immunity.
Other Warnings to consider
Certain medications will interfere with the effects of Dalacin, causing it to work less effectively, and, based on other treatments you currently take, you may need to either use another bacterial vaginosis product or else a lower dosage.
Although it is unlikely that orally taken medicines will affect Dalacin, you must still mention to your GP or Click Pharmacy doctor if you take or have recently used erythromycin or anaesthesia based muscle relaxants. Ensure you have a list of all your current medications to mention on your assessment form or during your appointment as well as if you have any allergies, specifically an allergy to lincomycin.
During pregnancy, this form of medication may not be appropriate but consult with the doctor to talk about any potential risks or benefits. Orally taken BV treatments are known to be more suitable in this situation. Dalacin cream is also not known to harm a breastfed baby though if your infant develops diarrhoea or another form of illness, consult your doctor right away.
Do not use condoms as your only form of contraception within 72 hours of ending your treatment, as a certain oil within the cream can weaken the rubber and stop it from being effective at stopping pregnancy.
What are the side effects of Dalacin cream?
The most common side effects of Dalacin cream include mild diarrhoea or a slightly upset stomach, along with irritation within the vagina and/or cervix.
Less common side effects include dizziness, headache or a rash, but if you notice any other side effects, such as hives, pelvic pain, irregular menstruation, flatulence or pain when passing urine, then consult your doctor right away.
Sometimes antibiotics can get absorbed into the bloodstream, causing a severe intestinal upset known as clostridium difficile. Though rare, it can occur during or after treatment, so if you develop stomach pains, cramping, persistent diarrhoea or blood and/or mucus in your faeces, then book an appointment with your doctor right away.
How long can I use Dalacin cream for?
How should I use Dalacin cream?
One applicator of cream needs to be inserted into the vagina before bed for between 3 and 7 days as prescribed. Be sure to continue using the treatment to the end of the prescribed period even if you feel the BV has cleared up as, if you stop too soon, the bacteria could begin to grow again and the infection may come back.
- wash your hands
- fill the applicator with the cream
- insert it high into the vagina
- press the free end of the applicator to release the treatment
- lie down as soon as possible once you have used the cream to avoid any leaking
You may be given additional applicators and if so, use a new one each time, otherwise clean it with soap and warm water before your next dose. Bear in mind that antibiotics work best when you keep a level amount of the drug in your system. As such, it is recommended you use the product at the same time each day.
Do not have sexual intercourse or use a douche whilst using this treatment as they can stop the cream from working effectively.
Use Dalacin cream as directed by your doctor and read the instructions if you require any further support on using the applicator. If you need any more advice, contact our experts anytime.
How can I prevent BV from returning?
To make sure that BV does not return, do the following:
- Do not use scented or fragranced soaps, shower gels or bubble baths in the bath
- Avoid using vaginal deodorants or washes
- Avoid washing your underwear in strong detergents
- Avoid smoking or eliminate nicotine from your lifestyle
- Take showers instead of baths
- Use water and unscented soap to wash the genital area
Is clindamycin cream used for sexually transmitted infections (STIs)?
No. Dalacin Vaginal Cream is not suitable for treating an STI. Do not use the cream for such, and instead seek appropriate medical help. Speak to your GP to get your STI treated.
What dose of Dalacin Vaginal cream should I use?
In general, you will use 5 grams of Dalacin during every use. Insert the vaginal cream into the vagina at night as instructed by your GP for 3 to 7 days. The packaging of the cream comes with 7 applicators. The ideal dose is one full applicator, which is 5 grams of the vaginal cream. Insert the dose into the vagina with the provided applicator.
Dalacin cream vs Dalacin tablets
Dalacin cream and Dalacin tablets, also known as Dalacin C, contain the same antibiotic. This particular antibiotic is known as clindamycin.
Typically, Dalacin C or oral clindamycin can treat various different bacterial infections. It is even used as an alternative treatment for BV – only if the initial treatment does not work for you. or is unsuitable.
Dalacin cream vs oral metronidazole
Dalacin Cream and Oral Metronidazole are topical and oral treatments, respectively. The key difference between the two treatments ultimately lies in personal preference. They perform in the same manner. Both of these treatments, topical and oral, are equally as effective when it comes to treating BV.
In essence, you should take oral medication twice a day, while you can use the topical cream once a day and experience the same effect.
Dalacin cream vs Zidoval gel
Dalacin and Zidoval are used to treat bacterial vaginosis (BV) effectively. Both of them have the same function and work at the site of infection within the vagina in the same manner. There is no difference between how they perform. They even contain the same active ingredients.
Can I use Dalacin while on my period?
Yes, you can. However, note that Dalacin may not be as effective as it usually is when used while you are menstruating. So instead, waiting for your period to end and then using the treatment is recommended. In addition to this, using other intravaginal products, like tampons and a diva cup, while using Dalacin is not ideal.
How quickly does Dalacin Vaginal cream work?
Although it entirely depends on the severity of the BV symptoms, a 7-day long course of Dalacin Vaginal Cream will clear the infection within that time. Each kit comes with 40 grams of vaginal cream along with 7 applicators that help you complete a 7-day course of treatment.
Alternatives to Dalacin Vaginal cream
Bacterial vaginosis (BV) is a bacterial infection typically treated with the help of antibiotics. The best alternatives to Dalacin Vaginal Cream are Metronidazole Tablets (an oral antibiotic) and Zidoval Gel.
Additionally, if these treatments are unsuitable for you, you can also use Balance Activ Gel as well as Canesbalance Gel. These two are also helpful in restoring the natural pH balance of the vagina.
Can I Use Dalacin Vaginal cream during pregnancy & breastfeeding?
No. People are not advised to use Dalacin Vaginal Cream during pregnancy or even while breastfeeding. However, it is best to discuss it with your GP in order to determine the ideal treatment for you.
How do I know if I have Bacterial Vaginosis?
The main symptom of bacterial vaginosis is an unusual discharge. This is often noticeable by a fish-like smell.
Do I need a prescription to purchase Dalacin Cream?
Yes, you require a prescription to purchase Dalacin Cream. After completing a short assessment on our website you are able to get a prescription to purchase Dalacin Cream.
What is the active ingredient in Dalacin Cream?
The active ingredient in Dalacin Cream is clindamycin phosphate. This ingredient is effective at treating bacterial infections.
What if I forget to use Dalacin Cream?
If you forget to take your dose of Dalacin Cream you should skip the dose you just missed and continue as normal. You should never use two doses at once, even if you are making up for a missed dose.
Can I stop using Dalacin Cream if I notice my symptoms have cleared up?
You should continue to use the Dalacin Cream until you finish your prescribed course. This is to ensure the possibility of re-infection is disregarded.
Can I have sexual intercourse while using Dalacin Cream?
It is advised to not participate in any sexual intercourse while using Dalacin Cream?
Will using Dalacin Cream affect my contraception?
Dalacin Cream may cause damage to condoms and diaphragms. You should not use these methods of contraception for up to three days after completing your treatment.
Can men use Dalacin Cream?
Dalacin Cream is only suitable for women to use to treat bacterial vaginosis.
You may experience a number of side effects after using Dalacin Cream. However evidence suggests side effects are often mild and do not remain for long. Common side effects and how to treat them include:
- Irritation: this should improve as your body begins to get used to the cream
- Diarrhea: stop using Dalacin Cream and speak to a GP or pharmacist
- Abdominal cramps: use a hot water bottle to ease discomfort
- Vaginal discharge: speak to a GP or pharmacist as this may be another sign of a bacterial infection.