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Clindamycin Cream Against Vaginitis

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.

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Terry Graedon, PhD, is a medical anthropologist and co-host of The People’s Pharmacy radio show, co-author of The People’s Pharmacy syndicated newspaper columns and numerous books, and co-founder of The People’s Pharmacy website. Terry taught in the Duke University School of Nursing and was an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology. She is a Fellow of the Society of Applied Anthropology. Terry is one of the country's leading authorities on the science behind folk remedies..
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