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Bacterial Vaginosis


Dalacin is an antibiotic treatment that is used to treat infections caused by bacteria.

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Bacterial Vaginosis

What is Dalacin?

Dalacin contains the active ingredient, clindamycin, which prevents bacteria from making proteins that enable them to grow in size and increase in numbers. The bacteria die or are attacked and removed by your body's immune (defence) system. The infection then clears up.

There are different preparations of Dalacin: capsules, solution or lotion, and cream. Each preparation is used to treat bacterial infections in different parts of your body.

  • Dalacin C capsules

    Dalacin capsules are used to treat serious infections caused by Gram-positive bacteria (e.g. staphylococci, streptococci and pneumococci) and anaerobic bacteria (that can live without oxygen). The capsules are usually taken every six hours. Your doctor will tell you the number of capsules that you should take. Swallow them whole with a full glassful of water either before or after food. We do not prescribe Dalacin C capsules at The Online Clinic.

  • Dalacin T topical solution or lotion

    Dalacin solution or lotion is put on your skin to treat acne. The solution is usually dabbed onto the skin twice a day using the automatic pad dispenser. The lotion is rubbed in after applying from the dispensing cap. Wash the affected skin before applying a thin layer of solution. Avoid sensitive areas such as around the eyes, nose, lips and broken skin and, to minimise irritation, wash them with plenty of water if they are accidently treated.

  • Dalacin cream 2%

    Dalacin cream is used to treat bacterial vaginosis, which is a bacterial infection of the vagina. The cream is applied using a disposable plastic applicator that is screwed onto the tube and inserted into the vagina. One applicator full of cream is usually applied each night for either three or seven days. Wash your hands before and after use. The cream is squeezed into the applicator (it is full when the plunger stops). Laying on your back, insert the applicator into your vagina as far as comfortably possible. Slowly depress the plunger (it will stop when all of the cream is discharged) and then carefully remove the device. Dispose of the used applicator. While using Dalacin cream, it is recommended to avoid sexual intercourse and vaginal products, and not to rely on barrier methods of contraception during treatment and for a few days after.

Only take your medicine by the recommended route (i.e. by mouth (capsules), topically (solution/lotion) or vaginally (cream). With all preparations, if you accidently forget to take or apply Dalacin, then do so as soon as possible but only if it is not too near the time of the next dose. Never double up on the dose to compensate for the missed one. Only stop the treatment when your doctor tells you. Contact your doctor immediately if you take too many capsules or apply too much cream.

Who can use Dalacin?

Adults and adolescents may use Dalacin; children may be prescribed a lower dose of capsules but not through The Online Clinic. Dalacin cannot be used if you have an allergy to clindamycin or any one of its other ingredients. Tell your doctor if you have diarrhoea, get diarrhoea after using Dalacin (because you may have an inflammation of the bowel called pseudomembranous colitis), usually get diarrhoea with other antibiotics, or have ever had problems with your gut. Also let the doctor know if you have any liver or kidney complications, asthma, eczema or hayfever.

Dalacin may interact with other medicines making Dalacin or the other medicines less effective, so inform your doctor of the medicines you are taking or have recently taken, including erythromycin, oral contraceptives, and non-prescription medicines. Mention if you have had or will soon have surgery. Discuss the use of Dalacin with your doctor if you are or could be pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

Dalacin Side Effects

As with other antibiotics, Dalacin may cause diarrhoea that persists, is severe or contains blood. However, this is uncommon. Stomach ache and fever may be associated with the diarrhoea. Generally, all preparations may cause an upset stomach and gut, including nausea, vomiting, stomach ache, and diarrhoea. Rarely, there is an allergic reaction, with signs including rash, breathing difficulties, and swelling of the face and lips. The skin and whites of the eyes may become yellowy, indicating jaundice.

Additionally, Dalacin capsules may cause changes in taste, red itchy skin, a reduction in blood cell numbers, vaginal inflammation, and reduced liver function. Dalacin solution or lotion may also cause skin irritation with hives, dry or oily skin, and inflamed skin on contact with irritants or allergens. Use of the cream may also result in vaginal or cervical irritation, dizziness, and headaches.

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If you think you have a bacterial infection, Dalacin may be an appropriate treatment. A free online consultation with an expert will determine which treatment is best for your symptoms. Click on the Free Consultation button to complete the short online questionnaire.

Reviewed by: Dr Loraine Haslam MBBS, DRCOG, DFSRH, LoC SDI, LoC IUT, MRCGP
GMC registration number: 4524038
Date: 2 November 2023
Next review: 1 November 2025
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