Clindamycin / Benzoyl peroxide

generic for Acanya

Clindamycin / Benzoyl peroxide Side Effects

Dry skin, redness, burning, itching, or skin peeling may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly.

You can use skin moisturizing creams or lotions to help reduce many of the side effects listed above.

Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.

This medication may be absorbed into your bloodstream and very rarely cause a severe intestinal condition (Clostridium difficile-associated diarrhea) due to resistant bacteria. This condition may occur weeks after treatment has stopped. Do not use anti-diarrhea or opioid medications if you have the following symptoms because these products may make them worse. Tell your doctor right away if you develop: persistent diarrhea, abdominal or stomach pain/cramping, blood/mucus in your stool.

A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, seek immediate medical attention if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.

This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

In the US -

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or at

In Canada - Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to Health Canada at 1-866-234-2345.
  • periorbital edema
  • pharyngeal edema
  • throat constriction
  • dermatitis due to topical drug
  • abnormal desquamation
  • erythema
  • pruritus of skin
  • dry skin
  • urticaria
  • dyschromia
  • syncope
  • skin rash
  • skin irritation
  • facial edema
  • dyspnea
  • anaphylaxis
  • hypersensitivity drug reaction
  • sensation of warmth
  • stinging of skin
  • Clostridioides difficile infection
  • ocular pain
  • contact dermatitis
  • abnormal desquamation
  • erythema
  • pruritus of skin
  • gram-negative folliculitis
  • dry skin
  • oily skin
  • skin irritation
  • headache disorder
  • diarrhea
  • anaphylaxis
  • bloody diarrhea
  • acute abdominal pain
  • stinging of skin

Drug Interactions

Drug interactions may change how your medications work or increase your risk for serious side effects. This document does not contain all possible drug interactions. Keep a list of all the products you use (including prescription/nonprescription drugs and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicines without your doctor's approval.

Some products that may interact with this drug include: other acne medications used on the skin (e.g., dapsone).