Q. Is clindamycin a preventive drug? I was told to take it after intercourse to prevent vaginitis. What if any side effects should I watch for? Should I be concerned with it affecting my husband?
A. Clindamycin vaginal cream is used to treat bacterial infections of the vagina. The official prescribing information advises against intercourse for seven days after application of this drug. Please double-check with your doctor about sexual activity while using this medication.
The cream you are using is less likely to cause the severe diarrhea that can be associated with oral clindamycin. Nevertheless, some people do report diarrhea, vaginal yeast infection, headache or rash after using the cream.