Duac Gel 15 gm

Duac Gel 15 gm contains Clindamycin and Benzoyl peroxide as active ingredients.

Duac Gel 15 gm is used to treat acne.

Duac Gel 15 gm is for topical use only.

Wash and dry your hands before using. Clean and dry the affected area.

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Type

Gel – Tube

Feature

15 gm

Unit

gm

Formula

Clindamycin

Composition

Benzoyl Peroxide 5 % + Clindamycin 1 %

Brand

GSK Consumer Healthcare

Prescription Required

Yes

How to use, Side effects, Uses, Formula & Composition

About

Duac Gel 15 gm is prescribed, most commonly for the treatment of acne; it’s available as a gel that is meant to be applied on acne-affected skin areas. Duac Gel 15 gm belongs to a group of antibiotics and is, therefore, able to reduce and prevent the proliferation of bacteria that lead to pimples and/or cysts that may lead to pain.

A thin layer of Duac Gel 15 gm is to be applied on the skin with clean hands 1-2 times per day or as advised by the physician. Duac Gel 15 gm is to be used under the care and supervision of a doctor and for a specified period only. Application/usage of Duac Gel 15 gm is not to be stopped abruptly as that may lead to a recurrence of the ailment, therefore. Duac Gel 15 gm is gradually tapered off. Patients are advised to not stop using the Duac Gel 15 gm once they see or feel an improvement in their symptoms, which is likely to occur 2-6 weeks after starting treatment with Duac Gel 15 gm.

Mild side effects such as a stinging sensation or peeling off the skin may be felt at the time of application for a few days. Duac Gel 15 gm is not considered safe to be prescribed to children under 12 years of age. Duac Gel 15 gm should not be prescribed to patients with known sensitivity to Duac Gel 15 gm or other antibacterial medications.

Indications

Duac Gel 15 gm can be used to treat:

  • Acne

How Does Duac Gel 15 gm Work

Duac Gel 15 gm belongs to a group of antibiotics and is, therefore, able to reduce and proliferation of bacteria that lead to pimples and/or cysts that may lead to pain.

How To Use Duac Gel 15 gm

A thin layer of Duac Gel 15 gm is to be applied on the skin with clean hands 1-2 times per day or as advised by the physician. Duac Gel 15 gm is to be used under the care and supervision of a doctor and for a specified period only. Application/usage of Duac Gel 15 gm is not be stopped abruptly as that may lead to a recurrence of the ailment, therefore, Duac Gel 15 gm is gradually tapered off. Patients are advised to not stop using the Duac Gel 15 gm once they see or feel an improvement in their symptoms, which is likely to occur 2-6 weeks after starting treatment with Duac Gel 15 gm.

Do not use a rough hand and just gently apply Duac Gel 15 gm to the affected area. Duac Gel 15 gm is not meant to be covered after application. Duac Gel 15 gm may have a seal on top that needs to be removed or punctured before gel can be applied. Patients are advised to wash their hands after each application of Duac Gel 15 gm.

Dosage

Adult Dosage

A thin film of Duac Gel 15 gm is to be applied once or twice a day, as instructed by a physician.

Child Dosage

There isn’t enough evidence to suggest that Duac Gel 15 gm is safe to be prescribed to individuals aged 12 years and younger, thereby; Duac Gel 15 gm may be given under the care and supervision of a dermatologist after discussing it with the patient and their guardian. 

Elderly Dosage 

For patients aged 65 years and above, Duac Gel 15 gm is prescribed only when necessary and under the care and supervision of a doctor. A small dose of Duac Gel 15 gm is prescribed and for a limited number of days

Pregnancy Use And Lactation

There isn’t enough evidence to suggest that Duac Gel 15 gm is safe to be prescribed to expectant or breastfeeding mothers, therefore, if you are pregnant or planning to start a family while undergoing treatment with Duac Gel 15 gm, it’s best to consult a physician before applying any drug.

Contraindication

Please tell your doctor if you have a history of any of the following before using Duac Gel 15 gm:

  • Allergic reaction to Duac Gel 15 gm or any other drug or ingredient
  • Hair removal while undergoing treatment 
  • Ulcerative colitis 
  • Hay fever 
  • Atopic dermatitis 

Precautions 

Please tell your doctor if you have a history of any of the following before using Duac Gel 15 gm:

  • Dry skin 
  • Abraded or broken skin
  • Scarred skin 
  • High daily sun/light exposure 

Interactions With Other Medications

Please tell your doctor about the use of the following before using Duac Gel 15 gm:

  • Harsh soaps and cleansers 
  • Astringents 
  • Alcohol 
  • Antiperistaltic drugs 
  • Certain cosmetics 
  • Erythromycin 
  • Neuromuscular blockers 
  • Tretinoin 
  • Isotretinoin 
  • Tazarotene
  • Topical sulfonamides 

Adverse Effects

Common Adverse Effects

Like most medicines, Duac Gel 15 gm has certain side effects which include:

  • Burning sensation
  • Peeling of skin 
  • Itchiness of the skin 
  • Dryness of skin

These effects tend to be mild and resolve in a few days of taking Duac Gel 15 gm.

Rare Adverse Effects

If any of the following adverse effects are seen or felt, the patient is advised to immediately contact their doctor

  • Headache
  • Redness of the skin
  • Photosensitivity 
  • Diarrhea 

How To Cope With Some Of The Adverse Effects

  • Dryness- apply a moisturizer to the skin and wait for 10-15 minutes after which apply Duac Gel 15 gm onto the skin. This will prevent skin from getting dry and flaky.
  • Redness Of The Skin- can be combated by applying a cold pack to the affected area.
  • Headaches- In which case make sure you rest and drink plenty of fluids. Avoid the use of alcohol. Take a prescribed painkiller. Consult your doctor if the headaches last longer than a week or are severe
  • Photosensitivity – Patients are asked to wear sun-protective clothing when going outside including gloves and a hat, to apply generous amounts of broad-spectrum sunblock along with wearing sunglasses. Patients are advised to do all necessary work after sunset to reduce or eliminate sun exposure while undergoing treatment with Duac Gel 15 gm.

FAQ’S

#1. How To Store Duac Gel 15 gm?

Duac Gel 15 gm is to be kept away from the reach of children, in a cool dry place away from direct sunlight and humidity as that tends to ruin certain drugs.

#2. Can I Take Duac Gel 15 gm During My Pregnancy?

No, Duac Gel 15 gm is deemed unsafe to be applied during pregnancy.

#3. What Are Common Side Effects Caused By Duac Gel 15 gm?

  • Stinging 
  • Burning sensation 
  • Dryness 
  • Redness of the skin

#4. Is It Safe To Have Painkillers While Taking Duac Gel 15 gm?

Yes. Over-the-counter painkillers such as paracetamol are safe to be ingested along with Duac Gel 15 gm under the supervision of a doctor.

#5. Why Must I Protect My Skin From The Sun While Taking Duac Gel 15 gm?

Duac Gel 15 gm can make the skin susceptible to certain non-melanoma cancers of the lip and skin. Patients are advised to wear sunscreen along with hats and gloves whenever possible to protect themselves from sun damage.

#6. Is Duac Gel 15 gm Safe TO Give To Elderly Patients?

Yes. This drug can be easily and safely prescribed to patients above 12 years of age. For elderly patients the dosage of the drug may be lower than normal due to decreased kidney function, Duac Gel 15 gm may not be effectively removed from the body and so, in such cases, the doctor may prescribe an altered dose of the Duac Gel 15 gm.

#7. How Is Duac Gel 15 gm Supposed To Be Applied?

 A thin layer of Duac Gel 15 gm is to be applied on the skin with clean hands 1-2 times per day or as advised by the physician. Do not use a rough hand and just gently apply Duac Gel 15 gm to the affected area. Duac Gel 15 gm is not meant to be covered after application if Duac Gel 15 gm is being used on diaper rashes; caretakers are advised to loosely fasten diapers in such situations.

#8. What If I Miss A Dose Of Duac Gel 15 gm?

If you miss a dose of the medication, make sure you take it as soon as possible on that same day. If you don’t remember you missed the dose until the next dosage time or the next day, do not double the dose and take your medication as per schedule.

#9. How Long Will I Have To Continue Taking The Medication?

Duac Gel 15 gm is prescribed to be applied for 2-6 weeks or as advised by your doctor.