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  • Generic Name: (benzoyl peroxide/clindamycin phosphate)
    Other Brands: N/A
  • Last Revised: 05/2014
    • What is this medication and its most common uses?

      Acanya is a topical medicine (applied directly on the skin) used to treat acne. Acanya is available as a gel that contains 2 medicines that work together to treat your acne: clindamycin and benzoyl peroxide.

    • What should I know when beginning and continuing on this medication?

      How does this medication work?

      Clindamycin helps to stop the growth of bacteria and benzoyl peroxide helps to kill the bacteria that lead to breakouts of pimples. Together, they help to treat your acne.

      What are the beneficial effects of this medication and when should I begin to have results?

      What: Acanya has been shown to clear or almost clear acne.

      When: Everyone responds differently to treatment, so try to be patient and follow your healthcare provider's directions. It is important that you use Acanya exactly as your healthcare provider has prescribed.

      How do I know it is working?

      You may start to notice an improvement in your acne once you start using Acanya. This is a good indicator that your medication is working.

    • What are the possible side effects of this medication?

      The following is not a full list of side effects. Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your healthcare provider as soon as possible. Only your healthcare provider can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this medication.

      More common side effects may include: application-site pain, peeling, or irritation.

      Less common side effects may include:

      Watery and bloody stools (with or without stomach cramps and fever), even as late as several weeks after having taken the last dose of Acanya.

      Acanya may cause severe skin irritation or redness.

    • Who should not take this medication?

      Do not use Acanya if you are allergic to it or any of its ingredients or lincomycin.

      Do not use Acanya if you have a history of enteritis (inflammation of the small intestine), ulcerative colitis (inflammatory disease of the large intestine), or severe diarrhea with previous antibiotic use.

    • What should I tell my healthcare provider before I take the first dose of this medication?

      Tell your healthcare provider about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Acanya. Also, talk to your healthcare provider about your complete medical history, especially if you have other skin problems (such as cuts or wounds), if you are planning to have surgery, or if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

    • What is the usual dosage?

      The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your healthcare provider uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your healthcare provider may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your healthcare provider's approval.

      Adults and children ≥12 years: Apply a pea-sized amount to your face once a day.

    • How should I take this medication?

      Use Acanya exactly as prescribed by your healthcare provider. Do not apply Acanya more often or stop using it without first talking to your healthcare provider.

      Before applying Acanya, wash your face gently with a mild soap, rinse with warm water, and pat dry. After your skin is dry, apply Acanya as a thin layer. Avoid getting Acanya in your eyes or on your lips when you are applying it.

      Wash your hands with soap and water after applying Acanya.

      Do not wash your face more than 2 to 3 times a day.

      The expiration date of Acanya is 10 weeks from the date you fill your prescription. Safely throw away any remaining medicine after it has expired.

    • What should I avoid while taking this medication?

      Do not apply Acanya to cuts or open wounds.

      Do not use any other acne medication unless your healthcare provider tells you to do so.

      Do not get Acanya in your eyes, on your lips, or inside your nose or mouth.

      Do not expose yourself to sunlamps or tanning beds, and try to limit your time in the sun, as Acanya can increase your sensitivity to light. If you need to be outdoors, use sunscreen and wear a hat and loose-fitting clothes that protect your skin from the sun.

      Do not get Acanya in your hair or on colored fabric. It may bleach hair or colored fabric.

    • What are the possible food and drug interactions associated with this medication?

      If Acanya is used with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to check with your healthcare provider before combining Acanya with the following: erythromycin-containing products or other topical acne medications.

    • May I receive this medication if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

      The effects of Acanya during pregnancy and breastfeeding are unknown. Do not breastfeed while you are using Acanya. Tell your healthcare provider immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

    • What should I do if I miss a dose of this medication?

      If you miss a dose of Acanya, apply it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the one you missed and return to your regular dosing schedule. Do not apply two doses at once.

    • How should I store this medication?

      Store at room temperature. Do not freeze.

    • Who should I contact in case of emergency or overdose?
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      In the event of a medical emergency call your doctor or 9-1-1 immediately. In the event of overdose, call your doctor or poison control for further instructions.
      National Poison Control#: Call 1-800-222-1222

      This PDR+ drug information has been developed by the Physicians’ Desk Reference Network (PDRN), a source of medication information trusted by doctors for over 65 years.

      This monograph summarizes the most important information about your medication and does not cover all the information you may need. If you have any questions or concerns or want to learn more about your medication, ask your healthcare provider; he/she will be able to provide answers to your questions. This medication should only be used by the patient for whom it was prescribed and should not be shared with other people.
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