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- What is Dalacin Cream 2% (Clindamycin)
- Can I buy Dalacin Cream Online?
- How effective is Dalacin?
- Why choose Dalacin Cream?
- What is contained in Dalacin?
- How does Dalacin Cream work?
- Other Warnings to consider
- What are the side effects of Dalacin Cream?
- How long can I use Dalacin Cream for?
- How should I use Dalacin Cream?
What is Dalacin Cream 2% (Clindamycin)
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?
You will generally be prescribed treatment for 3 to 7 days. If your symptoms continue or worsen after you complete your full treatment then contact your doctor at Click Pharmacy or your GP.
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.
What is Dalacin Cream used to treat?
Dalacin Cream is an antibiotic used to treat an infection known as bacterial vaginosis. This infection is caused by an overgrowth of bacteria.
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.
How does Dalacin Cream treat bacterial vaginosis?
In order for bacteria to grow it requires a certain protein. Dalacin Cream stops this cream from replicating and growing, treating the infection.
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.
How often should I use Dalacin Cream?
You should use one applicatorful of Dalacin Cream daily before going to bed for 3-7 days consecutively.
How long should I use Dalacin Cream for?
Although Dalacin Cream is often prescribed for up to 7 days of consecutive use, studies suggest it can treat symptoms within 3 days. Using the cream for a further 4 days prevents the possibility of re-infection.
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.
How should I use Dalacin Cream?
Firstly attach an applicator to the tube of cream and fill the applicator. You should then insert the applicator into your vagina, you should insert it to a point where it does not cause any discomfort. Gently push the plunger to transfer the cream from the applicator to your vagina. You should then dispose of the applicator and wash your hands thoroughly.
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.
Authored by Jana Abelovska
Last reviewed 20 April 2021
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