What is Dalacin Cream?
Dalacin Cream is an antibiotic cream containing 2% clindamycin as an active ingredient. It is mainly used to treat bacterial vaginosis (BV) in women and may also be used to treat acne. BV is a common problem that affects up to 30% of women in some communities. Dalacin Cream is designed for self-administration and is inserted into the vagina using special disposable applicators that come with the cream. This is a fast and painless procedure that is similar to inserting a tampon.
Dalacin Cream targets anaerobic bacteria in your vagina, restoring the natural biological balance and healing your bacterial vaginosis. Your online GP will give you specific instructions for using the medication, based on your personal needs, but a typical treatment is a nightly application of cream for 7 nights. This is usually sufficient to overcome an ordinary bout of BV.
What is the active ingredient of Dalacin Cream?
The active ingredient of Dalacin Cream is 2% clindamycin. This is a widely used antibiotic that targets the anaerobic bacteria responsible for causing bacterial vaginosis. Although individual treatments may vary, most women are prescribed a 7 day course of Dalacin Cream as an initial cure for bacterial vaginosis.
How does Dalacin Cream work?
Your vagina is normally slightly acidic and contains a ‘natural flora’ of bacteria. These include lactobacilli or ‘good bacteria’ and anaerobic bacteria or ‘bad bacteria’. An outgrowth of bad bacteria causes bacterial vaginosis (BV) and its unpleasant symptoms. The active ingredient in Dalacin Cream is 2% clindamycin, this attacks the anaerobic bacteria and restores the natural bacterial balance and pH level inside your vagina. A seven-day course of treatment will usually cure BV. It is important to use Dalacin Cream exactly as instructed by your online GP and to complete the full course of treatment. Even if your symptoms have disappeared, the anaerobic bacteria might still be present and could easily multiply again. They may be harder to treat if they recur.
Who can take Dalacin Cream?
Our online GPs will usually consider prescribing Dalacin Cream to women over 18 who have bacterial vaginosis. Any prescription is conditional on you meeting the basic health requirements to use Dalacin Cream. If you are allergic to the active ingredient clindamycin, you cannot use the cream.
If you are in the first three months of pregnancy or are breastfeeding, you should advise our online GP. When you fill in the short online medical questionnaire, our duty GP will check that Dalacin Cream is safe for you to use. If we cannot give you a prescription for the cream, you may be recommended another medication to treat bacterial vaginosis, like Zidoval Gel or Metronidazole.
What doses of Dalacin Cream are available?
Dalacin Cream is available with a 2% concentration of the antibiotic clindamycin. The cream is self-administered and comes with a set of disposable applicators. These applicators are designed to hold the required 5 gram dose. All you have to do is squeeze in cream from the tube until the applicator is full. You can then insert the applicator into your vagina and apply the cream. This is a quick and painless procedure that you can easily perform while lying on your back.
Your online GP will give you specific instructions about how and when to apply your prescription of Dalcin Cream. A standard course of treatment for bacterial vaginosis involves applying a single 5 gram dose of cream every night before going to bed. This is repeated for seven consecutive nights.
Even if the obvious symptoms of BV have eased or disappeared, continue to apply the cream exactly as instructed by our GP. The problem bacteria may still be present in your vagina and could rapidly multiply if you stop the treatment too soon. Your bacterial vaginosis could then return. If the bacteria have developed resistance to antibiotics, future treatment may be harder.
How do I use Dalacin Cream?
Your online GP will give you detailed instructions on how to use Dalacin Cream, and for how many days to apply the treatment (typically seven days). Dalacin Cream comes with a set of disposable applicators that allow you to easily insert the required 5 gram dose into your vagina. This usually only takes a few seconds and is painless.
How to use Dalacin Cream
For best results apply Dalacin Cream at night, just before you go to bed.
- Read the instruction leaflet that comes with the cream.
- Begin by washing and drying your hands carefully.
- Take a tube of Dalacin Cream and squeeze some cream into a new and unused applicator. The applicator holds exactly 5 grams.
- Lie on your back with your knees raised and gently insert the applicator into your vagina as far as it will comfortably go.
- Squeeze the cream out of the applicator into your vagina.
- Dispose of the used applicator correctly.
- Repeat the process once a night for as long as instructed.
Can I take Dalacin Cream and drink alcohol?
Our online GPs generally do not recommend drinking alcohol while taking any prescription medication. Drinking alcohol is not likely to affect the efficacy of Dalacin Cream’s active ingredient clindamycin, but you may suffer unwelcome side effects. These could include, vomiting, stomach pain, hot flushes, palpitations, and headaches.
What are the side effects of Dalacin Cream?
Your Dalacin Cream will come with a patient leaflet giving detailed information about the medication, its ingredients, possible side effects, and contraindications. Please read this leaflet carefully before you take any tablets. Keep the leaflet with the medication for future reference.
If you use Dalacin Cream exactly as directed by our online GP you are unlikely to experience any significant unwelcome side effects. A small minority of patients may experience some minor side effects.
Very Common side effects (affecting less than 1% of users):
- Inflammation of the cervix
Common side effects (affecting less than 10% of users):
- Vaginal thrush
- Infection or inflammation of the vulva and vagina
- Vaginal discomfort or unusual discharge
- Stomach cramps
Uncommon (affecting less than 1% of users):
- Inflammation of the vagina
- Vaginal infection, urinary tract infection
- Yeast infection
- Fungal infection
- Allergic reactions
- Headache, dizziness
- A sensation of whirling and loss of balance, nosebleeds
- Bad breath, diarrhoea, nausea, vomiting, changes to your sense of taste
- Constipation, stomach ache
- Upset stomach or indigestion
- Rash, reddening of the skin, hives
- Painful urination, excess of sugar in the urine, protein in the urine
- Vaginal pain
If you experience serious discomfort we recommend that you go straight to your nearest casualty department. In an emergency dial 999.
When should I not take Dalacin Cream?
Do not use Dalacin Cream if you are allergic to the active ingredient clindamycin or any of the minor ingredients (see the leaflet that comes with your cream for details).
If you suffer from any of the following medical conditions, or are taking the following medications, you may be unable to take Dalacin Cream. It is important that you mention any medical issues when you complete the short online health questionnaire. Our duty GP will check that you can use Dalacin Cream safely. If we cannot issue a prescription for this particular medication, you may be recommended an alternative such as Zidoval Gel or Metronidazole.
- A history of inflammatory bowel disease or antibiotic-associated colitis.
- Erythromycin, lincomycin (or any other antibiotics).
- Warfarin, or similar medicines used to thin the blood.
The Patient Information Leaflet (PIL) is the leaflet included in the pack with a medicine. It is written for patients and gives information about taking or using a medicine. It is possible that the leaflet in your medicine pack may differ from the PDF-version from this website because it may have been updated since your medicine was packaged or the medicine is from another brand.