Dalacin T

Topical Dalacin T, containing the antibiotic clindamycin, is used to treat acne as part of a treatment plan.

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Dalacin T

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    Dalacin T product information

    Dalacin T is a topical preparation containing the antibiotic clindamycin used to treat acne. It comes in the form of lotion and solution. Acne is associated with the growth of bacteria called propionibacterium in the clogged pores on our skin. Dalarin T, and other antibiotic treatments, such as Lymecycline tablets, and Zineryt (erythromycin solution), reduce the number of these bacteria and reduce the inflammation. 

    How to use

    It is applied to thinly to the affected area twice daily.

    Treatment duration

    Like other acne treatments, dalacin T solution or lotion is best used regularly. The best results are usually seen after about 8 to 12 weeks, or earlier.

    Treatment should be tried continuously for at least 8 weeks. If after 8 weeks, there is no improvement, a different treatment should be tried. Combination treatment may be used if Dalacin T is not working on its own, such as Duac gel (containing both benzoyl peroxide and clindamycin), or another type of topical treatment could be added, such as Isotrex gel (containing a retinoid called isotretinoin). Different antibiotic preparations may also be tried, such as Lymecycline tablets, or erythromycin lotion (Zineryt).

    It is not recommended to use more than one antibiotic at the same time, unless advised by doctor. One antibiotic should be stopped before the next one is tried.

    If acne has resolved after 4-6 months, treatment can be reduced or stopped. In many cases acne will not come back. Treatments may need to be restarted if acne returns.

    Side effects of Dalacin T

    Like nearly all topical applications, Dalacin T can cause skin irritation. This can normally be solved by reducing application to once daily or once every other day. The frequency of treatment may be increased to the usual twice daily regimen after skin has adjusted to it. If sensitivity is suspected, treatment should be stopped completely and medical advice should be seeked. Dalacin T lotion may cause skin oiliness. If you experience bloody diarrhoea, you should tell your doctor immediately. It is an uncommon side effect but may be a sign of bowel inflammation due to use of antibiotics.


    Dalacin T is best avoided by pregnant or breast-feeding women. Very low amount of the active ingredient, clindamycin, actually gets through through the skin into the body, however the use is best avoided due to potential risk. There is a potential of interaction with the blood thinning tablet warfarin and you may need regular blood tests.
    Dalacin T is not poisonous, but it should not be used orally or be applied around the mouth or eyes.

    Other acne treatments 

    Antibiotic treatments are usually not used on its own and are not first-line option for acne. Topical acne treatments which unblock pores (exfoliants) are usually used before trying antibiotics. A range of acne treatments is available from Medicinesbymailbox Pharmacy.

    Patient information leaflet - Dalacin T

    The 'patient information leaflet' supplied with the solution or lotion must be read before used.