Dalacin V Medication for BV

Used to treat vaginal infections, Dalacin V Cream is an antibiotic that prevents the growth of bacteria that causes the abnormal vaginal discharge and unpleasant odor of bacterial vaginosis. Dalacin V is a clindamycin vaginal cream available at pharmacies to patients with a prescription from their doctor. This nightly remedy will fight bacteria over the course of seven days.

Dalacin V is a white cream that comes in a 40-gram collapsible laminate tube accompanied by seven one-use disposable applicators. It is the active ingredient, clindamycin phosphate, which plays an instrumental role in eradicating bacterial vaginosis. There is 20 mg of clindamycin contained per gram (2%).

Instructions

Your doctor will recommend one applicator-full (about 5 grams) of cream as your dose of Dalacin V – to be taken once per day – right before your bedtime for seven consecutive days.  Before handling the cream, thoroughly wash your hands. Remove the cap from the tube of cream and screw the open end of the applicator onto the tube. To load the correct amount of the cream, gently squeeze from the base of the tube, which forces the cream into the plastic applicator.

The plunger will push back until the recommended dose of cream enters the applicator. Unscrew the applicator from the tube and replace the cap. After selecting a comfortable position, part the lips of the vagina using fingers from one of your hands.

With the other hand, grasp the applicator between the thumb and middle finger. Insert the applicator into the vagina as deeply as it will go without causing discomfort. Holding the applicator in place, slowly push the plunger until it no longer moves. This will deposit the cream into the vagina. Slowly remove the applicator from the vagina and toss away when finished. Wash your hands.

Suggestions

When choosing a comfortable position for placing the cream in the vagina, try using the same approach as you would with a tampon – whether it’s squatting, standing with your legs apart, or lying on your back with your legs slightly spread apart.

Precautions

Your doctor may not prescribe Dalacin V Cream if you have an allergy to clindamycin, lincomycin, or any of the ingredients listed in the medication. Your doctor will also want to know if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, or plan on becoming pregnant before he or she decides that Dalacin V is the right treatment for you. Certain medications may weaken the effectiveness of the cream, such as erythromycin (an antibiotic) and medications prescribed for muscle relaxation.

Store the cream in a cool, dry place – do not place in bathroom, near a sink, in a car, or on a windowsill. The heat and damp conditions of these locations can weaken the effectiveness of the ingredients. Be aware of precautions when using Dalacin V. For example, the cream contains mineral oil, which can weaken latex or rubber materials. Do not use condoms or diaphragms during or three days after treatment. Other precautions include:

  • Avoid taking medicine for diarrhea (like Lomotil).
  • Do not share Dalacin V with others who may have the same condition as you.
  • Avoid contact with your eyes or risk burning and irritation.
  • Do not take if suffering from inflamed bowels or severe diarrhea.

Possible Side Effects

Potential side effects associated with Dalacin V include:

  • Vaginal irritation, itching, and discharge
  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • Heartburn
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Redness of the skin

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