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Duac Topical Gel

Duac Side Effects Center

Medical Editor: John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP

Last reviewed on RxList 9/8/2015

Duac (clindamycin phosphate and benzoyl peroxide) Gel is a combination of an antibiotic and an antibacterial that also has a mild drying effect used to treat acne. Common side effects of Duac Gel include dry skin, redness, burning, itching, stinging, tingly feeling, redness or other irritation, or skin peeling.

Duac Gel topical (for the skin) is applied in a once daily dose as directed by a physician to affected areas after the skin is gently washed, rinsed with warm water and patted dry. Duac may interact with topical or oral erythromycin. Other drugs may interact with Duac. Tell your doctor about all the prescription and over-the-counter medications and supplements you use. During pregnancy, Duac should be used only when prescribed. This drug may pass into breast milk and could have undesirable effects on a nursing infant. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.

Our Duac (clindamycin phosphate and benzoyl peroxide) Gel 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.

What is Patient Information in Detail?

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Duac 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 Duac (Clindamycin Benzoyl Peroxide)

What is Patient Information Overview?

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Duac 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 Duac (Clindamycin Benzoyl Peroxide)

What is Prescribing information?

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Duac FDA Prescribing Information: Side Effects
(Adverse Reactions)


The following adverse reaction is described in more detail in the WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS section of the label:

Clinical Trials Experience

Because clinical trials are conducted under widely varying conditions, adverse reaction rates observed in the clinical trials of a drug cannot be directly compared with rates in the clinical trials of another drug and may not reflect the rates observed in practice.

During clinical trials, 397 subjects used DUAC Gel once daily for 11 weeks for the treatment of moderate to moderately severe facial acne vulgaris. All subjects were graded for facial local skin reactions (erythema, peeling, burning, and dryness) on the following scale: 0 = absent, 1 = mild, 2 = moderate, and 3 = severe. The percentage of subjects that had symptoms present before treatment (at baseline) and during treatment is presented in Table 1.

Table 1: Local Skin Reactions With Use of DUAC Gel Combined Results From Five Trials (n = 397)

Symptom % of Subjects Using DUAC Gel With Symptom Present
Before Treatment (Baseline) During Treatment
Mild Moderate Severe Mild Moderate Severe
Erythema 28% 3% 0 26% 5% 0
Peeling 6% < 1% 0 17% 2% 0
Burning 3% < 1% 0 5% < 1% 0
Dryness 6% < 1% 0 15% 1% 0
(Percentages derived by number of subjects receiving DUAC Gel with symptom score/number of enrolled subjects receiving DUAC Gel).

Postmarketing Experience

The following adverse reactions have been identified during post approval use of DUAC Gel. 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.

Anaphylaxis, as well as allergic reactions leading to hospitalization, has been reported in postmarketing use with DUAC Gel.

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

Duac Topical Gel - User Reviews

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