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What are the risks of using clindamycin and benzoyl peroxide?

Clindamycin-benzoyl peroxide is a topical product applied to the skin to treat acne vulgaris. This medication can be absorbed into the bloodstream, which can pose certain health risks in some people. It is important to be aware of these health risks before using clindamycin-benzoyl peroxide. If you have a history of stomach, bladder problems or inflammatory bowel diseases, it can increase the risk for severe side effects of clindamycin-benzoyl peroxide. If you have one or more of the following conditions, you should not use clindamycin-benzoyl peroxide: regional colitis (inflammatory bowel disease); ulcerative colitis (ulcers in the lining of the rectum and colon); pseudomembranous colitis (associated with certain antibiotics). If you have diarrhea or a history of diarrhea, using clindamycin increases your risk for chronic diarrhea. Using clindamycin-benzoyl peroxide while pregnant or breastfeeding may pose some risk to a developing fetus or a nursing infant. Talk to your doctor about the benefits and risks of using clindamycin-benzoyl peroxide if you are pregnant. The effectiveness and safety of using clindamycin-benzoyl peroxide to treat acne in children is not known.

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