What is Dalacin Cream?
Dalacin Cream is a internal vaginal antibiotic cream. It contains clindamycin phosphate which is an antibiotic. It is used in the treatment of bacterial vaginosis (a bacterial infection of the vagina).
Dalacin Cream contains the active ingredient, clindamycin which is an antibiotic. Clindamycin kills the bacteria which cause bacterial vaginosis (BV). Dalacin vaginal cream is an effective treatment for bacterial vaginosis.
How do you use it?
The dose is one applicator full (approx 5 grams), which should be placed into the vagina each night at bedtime for seven consecutive nights.
Always wash your hands before using the cream.
Remove the cap from the tube.
Screw one of the disposable plastic applicators supplied on to the tube where the cap has been removed. Holding the tube from the bottom, squeeze gently and force the cream into the applicator.
When the plunger stops moving, the applicator is full.
Unscrew the applicator and replace the cap on the tube.
Lie on your back, firmly grasp the applicator barrel, and insert gently into the vagina as far as possible without causing discomfort. Still holding the barrel, slowly push the plunger until it stops and all the cream has been expelled.
Carefully withdraw the applicator and dispose of it.
Your symptoms can improve within 2-3 days of treatment but you will need to complete the entire course of treatment. This is to ensure the BV infection has been eradicated. .
Dalacin Cream is an effective way of treating BV (bacterial vaginosis), however many women may have symptoms again within three months of completing treatment.
Warnings and precautions
If you develop severe, prolonged or bloody diarrhoea during or after using Dalacin
Cream tell your doctor immediately since it may be necessary to interrupt the treatment.
This may be a sign of bowel inflammation (pseudomembranous colitis) which can occur
following treatment with antibiotics.
Dalacin cream is not recommended for use in children.
As with all vaginal infections, sexual intercourse during treatment with Dalacin Cream is
not recommended. Dalacin Cream may weaken condoms and diaphragms. Do not rely on
condoms or contraceptive diaphragms when using this medicine.
The use of other vaginal products such as tampons or douches (vaginal washes) during
treatment with the cream is not recommended.
Bacterial vaginosis (BV) is a common cause of unusual vaginal discharge. BV isn’t a sexually transmitted infection (STI), but it can increase your risk of getting an STI such as chlamydia.
Check if you have bacterial vaginosis
The most common symptom of bacterial vaginosis is unusual vaginal discharge that has a strong fishy smell, particularly after sex.
You may notice a change to the colour and consistency of your discharge, such as becoming greyish-white and thin and watery.
But 50% of women with bacterial vaginosis don’t have any symptoms.
Bacterial vaginosis doesn’t usually cause any soreness or itching.
If you’re unsure it’s BV, check for other causes of unusual vaginal discharge.
See a GP or go to a sexual health clinic if you think you have BV
The condition isn’t usually serious, but you’ll need to be treated with antibiotics if you do have BV.
It’s also important to seek treatment if you’re pregnant as there’s a small chance that BV can cause complications with pregnancy.
Treatment for bacterial vaginosis
Bacterial vaginosis is usually treated with antibiotic tablets or gels or creams.
Recurring bacterial vaginosis
It’s common for BV to come back, usually within 3 months.
You’ll need to take treatment for longer (up to 6 months) if you keep getting BV (you get it more than twice in 6 months).
To help relieve symptoms and prevent bacterial vaginosis returning:
use water and plain soap to wash your genital area
have showers instead of baths
do not use perfumed soaps, bubble bath, shampoo or shower gel in the bath
do not use vaginal deodorants, washes or douches
do not put antiseptic liquids in the bath
do not use strong detergents to wash your underwear
do not smoke
What causes bacterial vaginosis
Bacterial vaginosis is caused by a change in the natural balance of bacteria in your vagina.
What causes this to happen isn’t fully known, but you’re more likely to get it if:
you’re sexually active (but women who haven’t had sex can also get BV)
you have had a change of partner
you have an IUD (contraception device)
you use perfumed products in or around your vagina
BV isn’t an STI, even though it can be triggered by sex.
You’re more likely to get an STI if you have BV. This may be because BV makes your vagina less acidic and reduces your natural defences against infection.
Please ensure you carefully read the patient information leaflet accompanied with Dalacin (clindamycin). Like all medication, there is some risk of side effects when taking clindamycin cream. However, these side effects are usually only mild to moderate and only last a short duration.
The more common side effects are:
– Local skin inflammation and irritation
– Irritation to the vagina or cervix
– Nausea or vomiting
If you experience unusual symptoms whilst using the vaginal cream please contact your doctor.
Please read the patient information leaflet for a list of less common side effects.
You can not use Dalacin if you are allergic to any of the ingredients. It is also not suitable for patients who have suffered from inflammatory bowel disease or colitis caused by antibiotics.