Before you begin using a medication, be sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions or allergies you may have, any medications you are taking, whether you are pregnant or breast-feeding, and any other significant facts about your health. These factors may affect how you should use this medication.
Allergies: Some people with skin allergies may experience worsening symptoms and irritation of the vaginal area when using clindamycin vaginal cream. If you have skin allergies, discuss with your doctor how this medication may affect your medical condition, how your medical condition may affect the dosing and effectiveness of this medication, and whether any special monitoring is needed.
Birth control: This cream contains mineral oil. Mineral oil may weaken latex or rubber products such as condoms or vaginal contraceptive diaphragms. It is not recommended to use such products within 72 hours following treatment with the vaginal cream.
Diarrhea: People using this medication may develop diarrhea caused by an infection with the bacteria C. difficile. If you have loose, watery, and bloody bowel movements, with or without fever or stomach cramps, after using clindamycin vaginal cream, get medical attention as soon as possible. Diarrhea caused by C. difficile infection can lead to serious health problems if it is not properly treated.
Menstruation: Menstruating women should wait until they finish menstruating before they start to use the vaginal cream.
Sexual activity: To avoid additional irritation of the vaginal area, women using clindamycin vaginal cream should not participate in sexual intercourse or use other vaginal products while using this medication.
Pregnancy: The use of clindamycin vaginal cream by women in their second trimester of pregnancy has not been associated with side effects; however, the safety of this medication for use during pregnancy has not been established. This medication should not be used during pregnancy unless the benefits outweigh the risks. If you become pregnant while using this medication, contact your doctor immediately.
Breast-feeding: It is not known if clindamycin vaginal cream passes into breast milk. If you are breast-feeding, talk to your doctor about the benefits and risks of using this medication. If you are a breast-feeding mother and are using this medication, it may affect your baby. Talk to your doctor about whether you should continue breast-feeding.