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BenzaClin Side Effects Center

Medical Editor: Charles Patrick Davis, MD, PhD

Last reviewed on RxList 11/4/2015

BenzaClin (clindamycin - benzoyl peroxide) Topical Gel is a combination of two antibacterial drugs indicated for the topical treatment of acne vulgaris. BenzaClin Topical Gel is available in generic form. Side effects of BenzaClin Topical Gel include dry skin, severe skin redness, burning, itching or tingly feeling, skin peeling, irritation, and stinging.

BenzaClin Topical Gel has 10mg clindamycin and 50mg benzoyl peroxide strength per gram of gel. Topical clindamycin is absorbed through the skin surface. Diarrhea, bloody diarrhea, and colitis have been reported with the use of topical and systemic Clydamycin. BenzaClin Topical Gel may interact with erythromycin topical or oral. Tell your doctor all medications and supplements you use. There are no well-controlled trials in pregnant women treated with BenzaClin Topical Gel. It also is not known whether BenzaClin Topical Gel can cause fetal harm when administered to a pregnant woman. Because of the potential for serious adverse reactions in nursing infants, a decision should be made whether to discontinue nursing or to discontinue the drug, taking into account the importance of the drug to the mother. Safety and effectiveness in children under 12 has not been tested.

Our BenzaClin (clindamycin - benzoyl peroxide) Side Effects Drug Center provides a comprehensive view of available drug information on the potential side effects when taking this medication.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

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BenzaClin in Detail - Patient Information: Side Effects

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Stop using this medicine and call your doctor at once if you have any of these serious side effects:

  • severe redness, burning, stinging, or peeling of treated skin areas; or
  • diarrhea that is watery or bloody.

Less serious side effects may include:

  • mild burning or stinging;
  • itching or tingly feeling;
  • dryness or peeling of treated skin; or
  • redness or other irritation.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Read the entire detailed patient monograph for BenzaClin (Clindamycin and Benzoyl Peroxide)

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BenzaClin Overview - Patient Information: Side Effects

SIDE EFFECTS: Dry skin, redness, burning, itching, or skin peeling may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly.

You can use skin moisturizing creams or lotions to help reduce many of the side effects listed above.

Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.

This medication may be absorbed into your bloodstream and very rarely cause a severe intestinal condition (Clostridium difficile-associated diarrhea) due to resistant bacteria. This condition may occur weeks after treatment has stopped. Do not use anti-diarrhea products or narcotic pain medications if you have the following symptoms because these products may make them worse. Tell your doctor immediately if you develop: persistent diarrhea, abdominal or stomach pain/cramping, blood/mucus in your stool.

A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, seek immediate medical attention if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.

This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

In the US -

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

In Canada - Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to Health Canada at 1-866-234-2345.

Read the entire patient information overview for BenzaClin (Clindamycin and Benzoyl Peroxide)

What is Prescribing information?

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BenzaClin FDA Prescribing Information: Side Effects
(Adverse Reactions)


During clinical trials, the most frequently reported adverse event in the BenzaClin (clindamycin and benzoyl peroxide) treatment group was dry skin (12%). The Table below lists local adverse events reported by at least 1% of patients in the BenzaClin (clindamycin and benzoyl peroxide) and vehicle groups.

Local Adverse Events - all causalities in > /= 1% of patients

n = 420
n = 168
Application site reaction 13 (3%) 1 ( < 1%)
Dry skin 50 (12%) 10 (6%)
Pruritus 8 (2%) 1 ( < 1%)
Peeling 9 (2%) -
Erythema 6 (1%) 1 ( < 1%)
Sunburn 5 (1%) -

The actual incidence of dry skin might have been greater were it not for the use of a moisturizer in these studies.

Anaphylaxis, as well as allergic reactions leading to hospitalization, have been reported during post-marketing use of clindamycin/benzoyl peroxide products. Because these reactions are reported voluntarily from a population of uncertain size, it is not always possible to reliably estimate their frequency or establish a causal relationship to drug exposure.

Read the entire FDA prescribing information for BenzaClin (Clindamycin and Benzoyl Peroxide)

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