About Dalacin 2% Vaginal Gel

Attribute Details
Medication Name Dalacin 2% Vaginal Gel
Type and Form of Medicine Antibiotic, Vaginal Gel
What it Does Treats bacterial vaginosis
Active Ingredients Clindamycin phosphate
Strength 2%
Size 40 grams
Patient Information Leaflet URL to Patient Information Leaflet

What is Dalacin 2% Vaginal Gel?

Dalacin 2% Vaginal Gel is an antibiotic medication used to treat bacterial infections in the vagina. It comes in the form of a gel that you apply directly inside the vagina. The active ingredient, clindamycin phosphate, works by stopping the growth of bacteria that cause infections. This medication is specifically designed to treat bacterial vaginosis, a common vaginal infection.

What is Dalacin 2% Vaginal Gel used for?

Dalacin 2% Vaginal Gel is primarily used to treat bacterial vaginosis (BV). BV occurs when there is an imbalance of the natural bacteria in the vagina, leading to symptoms like unusual discharge, unpleasant odour, and discomfort. By applying this gel, you can restore the balance of bacteria and alleviate these symptoms.

In some cases, doctors may prescribe Dalacin 2% Vaginal Gel for other bacterial infections in the vagina, but its main use remains the treatment of BV.

How does Dalacin 2% Vaginal Gel work?

Dalacin 2% Vaginal Gel contains clindamycin phosphate, an antibiotic that targets the bacteria causing the infection. When you apply the gel inside the vagina, the clindamycin phosphate penetrates the bacterial cells and inhibits their ability to produce essential proteins. Without these proteins, the bacteria cannot grow or multiply, leading to their eventual death. This process helps to restore the natural balance of bacteria in the vagina and alleviates the symptoms of bacterial vaginosis.

Who is Dalacin 2% Vaginal Gel suitable for?

Dalacin 2% Vaginal Gel is suitable for adult women diagnosed with bacterial vaginosis. It is not suitable for children or men. Pregnant women should consult their doctor before using this medication, as it may not be appropriate during certain stages of pregnancy.

Do not use Dalacin 2% Vaginal Gel if you are allergic to clindamycin or any other ingredients in the gel. If you have a history of inflammatory bowel disease or antibiotic-associated colitis, you should avoid using this medication. Always consult your doctor or pharmacist if you have any concerns about whether this medication is suitable for you.

How to apply Dalacin 2% Vaginal Gel

  • Wash your hands thoroughly before and after applying the gel.
  • Remove the cap from the tube of gel.
  • Attach one of the provided applicators to the tube.
  • Squeeze the tube to fill the applicator with the prescribed amount of gel.
  • Detach the applicator from the tube and replace the cap on the tube.
  • Lie on your back with your knees bent and spread apart.
  • Gently insert the applicator into the vagina as far as it comfortably goes.
  • Slowly press the plunger to release the gel into the vagina.
  • Remove the applicator and dispose of it if it is a single-use applicator, or clean it thoroughly if it is reusable.

Apply Dalacin 2% Vaginal Gel once daily, preferably at bedtime, to allow the medication to work overnight.

Use Dalacin 2% Vaginal Gel for the full course of treatment, usually 3 to 7 days, as prescribed by your doctor. Do not stop using the gel early, even if your symptoms improve, to ensure the infection is fully treated.

Dalacin 2% Vaginal Gel Side Effects

Like all medications, Dalacin 2% Vaginal Gel can cause side effects. Below are some common, uncommon, and serious side effects you may experience.

Common Side Effects

  • Vaginal itching or irritation
  • Mild burning sensation
  • Unusual vaginal discharge

Uncommon Side Effects

  • Abdominal pain
  • Diarrhoea
  • Nausea

Serious Side Effects

  • Severe allergic reactions (rash, itching, swelling, difficulty breathing)
  • Severe diarrhoea or bloody stools
  • Severe abdominal pain

For a full list of side effects, please refer to the Patient Information Leaflet.

Dalacin 2% Vaginal Gel Ingredients

Active Ingredients: Clindamycin phosphate

Other ingredients: The gel also contains benzyl alcohol, cetostearyl alcohol, cetyl palmitate, mineral oil, polysorbate 60, propylene glycol, purified water, and sorbitan monostearate. These ingredients help to stabilise the gel and ensure it is effective when applied.

Important Information

  • Do not use Dalacin 2% Vaginal Gel if you are allergic to clindamycin or any other ingredients in the gel.
  • Inform your doctor if you have a history of inflammatory bowel disease or antibiotic-associated colitis.
  • Do not use this medication if you are pregnant or breastfeeding without consulting your doctor.
  • Avoid sexual intercourse while using the gel to prevent the infection from spreading and to ensure the medication works effectively.
  • Do not use tampons or other vaginal products while using Dalacin 2% Vaginal Gel.
  • If you experience severe diarrhoea or abdominal pain, stop using the gel and contact your doctor immediately.
  • Store the gel at room temperature and keep it out of reach of children.