(clindamycin phosphate and benzoyl peroxide) Gel, 1.2%/5%
Important: For use on the skin
only (topical use). Do not get DUAC Gel in your mouth, eyes, vagina, or on your
Read this Patient Information
before you start using DUAC Gel and each time you get a refill. There may be
new information. This information does not take the place of talking with your
healthcare provider about your medical condition or your treatment.
What is DUAC Gel?
DUAC Gel is a prescription
medicine used on the skin (topical) to treat inflamed acne in people 12 years
Who should not use DUAC Gel?
Do not use DUAC Gel if you
- had an allergic reaction to
clindamycin, lincomycin, benzoyl peroxide, or
any of the ingredients in DUAC Gel. See the end of this leaflet for a complete
list of ingredients in DUAC Gel.
- Crohn's disease or ulcerative
- had inflammation of the colon
(colitis) with past antibiotic use.
What should I tell my healthcare
provider before using DUAC Gel? Before using DUAC Gel, tell your healthcare
provider about all of your medical conditions, including if you:
- plan to have surgery with
- are sensitive to sunlight.
- are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. It is not known if DUAC Gel will harm
your unborn baby.
- are breastfeeding or plan to
breastfeed. It is not known if DUAC Gel passes into your breast milk. One of
the medicines in DUAC Gel is clindamycin. Clindamycin when taken by mouth or by injection has been reported to appear in breast
milk. You and your healthcare provider should decide if you will use DUAC Gel
Tell your healthcare
provider about all the medicines you take,
including prescription or over-the-counter
medicines, vitamins, herbal supplements, and skin products you use. Using other
topical acne products may increase the irritation of your skin when used with
- Especially tell your healthcare
provider if you take a medicine that contains erythromycin. DUAC Gel should not
be used with products that contain erythromycin.
How should I use DUAC Gel?
- Use DUAC Gel exactly as your
healthcare provider tells you to use it.
- Before you apply DUAC Gel, wash
your face gently with a mild soap, rinse with warm water, and pat the skin dry.
- Apply a thin layer of DUAC Gel
to your face 1 time a day, in the evening or as directed by your healthcare
provider. Wash your hands with soap and water
after applying DUAC Gel.
- Do not get DUAC Gel in your mouth, eyes, nose, vagina, or
on your lips. Do not get DUAC Gel on cuts or open wounds.
What should I avoid while using DUAC Gel?
- Limit your time in sunlight. Avoid using tanning beds or
sun lamps. If you have to be in sunlight, wear a wide-brimmed hat or other
protective clothing. Sunscreen may also be used.
- Talk to your healthcare provider if you spend a lot of
time in the sun.
- DUAC Gel may bleach hair or colored fabric.
What are the possible side effects with DUAC Gel?
DUAC Gel may cause serious side effects, including:
- Inflammation of the colon (colitis). Stop using
DUAC Gel and call your healthcare provider right away if you have severe watery
diarrhea, or bloody diarrhea.
- Allergic reactions. Stop using DUAC Gel and call
your healthcare provider or get help right away if you have any of the
- severe itching
- swelling of your face, eyes, lips, tongue, or throat
- trouble breathing
The most common side effects with DUAC Gel are
skin reactions and may include redness, peeling, dryness, and burning. These
are not all the possible side effects with DUAC Gel.
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.
You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
How should I store DUAC Gel?
- Store DUAC Gel at room temperature up to 25°C (77°F). Do
not freeze DUAC Gel.
- The expiration date of DUAC Gel is 60 days from the date
when you fill your prescription.
- Safely throw away expired DUAC Gel.
- Keep the tube tightly closed.
Keep DUAC Gel and all medicines out of the reach of
General information about DUAC Gel
Medicines are sometimes prescribed for purposes other
than those listed in a Patient Information leaflet. Do not use DUAC Gel for a
condition for which it was not prescribed. Do not give DUAC Gel to other
people, even if they have the same symptoms you have. It may harm them.
If you would like more information, talk with your
healthcare provider. You can also ask your pharmacist or healthcare provider
for information about DUAC Gel that is written for health professionals.
For more information, call 1-888-784-3335.
What are the ingredients in DUAC Gel?
Active Ingredients: clindamycin phosphate 1.2% and
benzoyl peroxide 5%
Inactive ingredients: carbomer homopolymer (type
C), dimethicone, disodium lauryl sulfosuccinate, edetate disodium, glycerin,
methylparaben, poloxamer 182, purified water, silicon dioxide, and sodium