How does Duac Once Daily Gel work?
It contains two active ingredients:
Clindamycin. Clindamycin is classed as a "macrolide" antibiotic - this is one of the most commonly used types of antibiotic for the infections that are associated with acne.
Benzoyl peroxide. This works by removing the blockage from the skin pores, and it also has an anti-bacterial action.
Antibiotics that are applied to the skin in this way are particularly suitable for people who cannot take - or do not wish to take - an antibiotic orally.
How do I use Duac Once Daily Gel?
Duac Once Daily Gel is usually applied to the affected area once a day, in the evening, after the area has been washed and then rinsed with warm water and patted dry. The gel comes in a tube, and is applied to the skin with the fingertips. It should not be used by children under the age of 12.
Duac Once Daily Gel can take between four to six weeks before you will see it working, and it should not be used for more than 12 weeks (three months) continuously.
It should be used carefully on the face; avoid contact with the eyes and mouth, and any patches of sensitive or broken skin. You should not expose yourself to excessive amounts of sunlight and avoid sun lamps while using this product, to avoid skin irritation and dryness.
Is Duac Once Daily Gel suitable for me?
There are some situations where Duac Once Daily Gel should be used with caution or would not be recommended, for example in patients who have a history of inflammatory bowel disease, or a history of bowel problems related to antibiotics. It is not usually used at the same time as any other treatments for acne. If it doesn't work for you, talk to your doctor because a different acne treatment might be better suited to your needs.
Tell the doctor if you are taking any other medicines, either from your doctor or purchased from a pharmacy. Duac Once Daily Gel may not be suitable or may need to be used with caution if you are taking some medicines, such as other treatments or creams for acne, especially ones that are alcohol-based or ones containing vitamin A derivates (such as Isotrex or Differin). It will not be suitable if you are allergic to clindamycin or other macrolide antibiotics, or any of the other ingredients.
What are the side effects of Duac Once Daily Gel?
Like all medicines, Duac Once Daily Gel can cause side effects, although not everybody will experience them. Side effects that are considered to be common include skin dryness, redness, irritation, or itching. Less commonly, stomach upsets have been reported. In very rare cases, a patient may experience bad diarrhoea - if this happens you should stop using Duac Once Daily Gel immediately and talk to your doctor, because it might be a sign of a bowel inflammation.
For a full list of potential side effects and other important information, please read the patient leaflet provided in the pack before starting any course of treatment. The leaflet can also be viewed online here.