Dalacin Cream
  • Dalacin Cream

Dalacin Cream

Medication features

  • Helps remove bacteria that cause Bacterial Vaginosis
  • 2% Clindamycin antibiotic cream
  • 3 to 7-day treatment
PLEASE NOTE - THIS PRODUCT CAN ONLY BE SUPPLIED TO FEMALE PATIENTS

Overview

Dalacin Cream Online

You can request to buy Dalacin cream online through our UK registered online doctor and pharmacy service. Complete an eligibility assessment and our UK registered doctors will review your suitability for Dalacin. If suitable, a prescription is issued, dispensed and your medicine is processed for delivery.

What is Dalacin Cream?

Dalacin cream is a prescription-only vaginal cream used to treat bacterial vaginosis (BV). BV an infection of the vagina caused by changes in the natural balance of the bacteria in the area. This creates an overgrowth of certain bacteria (like Gardnerella vaginalis) which can lead to symptoms of BV. The active ingredient in Dalacin is 2% clindamycin phosphate. Clindamycin is an antibiotic, which works to kill off the bacteria which causes this infection.

There is also a version of Dalacin called Dalacin T which contains 1% clindamycin although this medicine is only used for acne spots. Ensure you only use Dalacin C (cream) for BV.

How does Dalacin work?

The antibiotic in Dalacin cream works by stopping this overgrowth of bacteria. This helps the body to restore the natural balance of bacteria in the vagina and stop the symptoms of BV.

50% of women with BV will not have any symptoms. The most common symptom is an unusual vaginal discharge that has a strong fishy smell, most often after sexual intercourse. The discharge may be white or grey and thin and watery. Soreness and itching symptoms are not usually associated with BV.

Dalacin cream only treats BV and is not effective against other vaginal infections like other bacterial infections, sexually transmitted infections (STIs) or vaginal thrush.

Dose

Insert the cream into the vagina at night as directed for 3 to 7 days. The cream comes with an applicator. The dose is one applicator full (about 5 grams of cream). This dose should be inserted into the vagina using the applicator.

The patient information leaflet contains the following information:

  1. Wash your hands and remove the cap from the tube. 
  2. Screw a disposable applicator onto the tube where the cap has been removed.
  3. Holding the tube from the bottom, squeeze gently and force the cream into the applicator. The applicator is full when the plunger does not move further. 
  4. Unscrew the applicator and replace the cap on the tube. 
  5. Lie on your back, hold the applicator firmly, and insert gently into the vagina as far as possible without causing discomfort. Still holding the barrel, slowly push the plunger until it stops and all the cream has been expelled. 

The applicator should be disposed of in a general waste bin rather than a toilet.

Your symptoms should begin to improve quickly and fully resolve within 3-7 days. Even if your symptoms begin to resolve before 3 days, ensure you finish a minimum of a 3-day course to prevent BV returning. If you have any symptoms remaining after 7 days it is important that you contact your doctor about other treatments or testing for confirmation of BV.

Dalacin Cream Summary

Dose

Insert Cream into the vagina as direct at night 

Type of medicine

Antibiotic cream

Mechanism

Prevents overgrown bacterial growth restoring the natural balance of bacteria in the vagina

Treatment Duration

3 - 7 days

Active Ingredient

2% Clindamycin phosphate

Price

From £19.50

Side Effects

Can include inflammation, thrush, cramps, discomfort, discharge

Dalacin Cream Prices

1 x 40g Tube

£19.50

2 x 40g Tube

£36.99

3 x 40g Tube

£56.99

Alternatives

There are two antibiotics used to treat BV Clindamycin, like what is in Dalacin cream and Metronidazole. Metronidazole to treat BV comes in either a vaginal gel, similar to Dalacin or in a tablet. Metronidazole gel comes in a brand names Zidoval and is applied once daily for 5 days. Metronidazole tablets can be used in a single large dose or twice daily for 7 days.

If you are unsure which treatment would be most suitable for you, speak to your doctor.

Dalacin Cream Side Effects

Dalacin cream is a well-tolerated medicine, however, there is always a risk of side effects when taking any medicine. Please read the patient information leaflet to be aware of the potential side effects.

Listed below are some of the more common side effects that users may experience:

  • Cervicitis (inflammation of the cervix) 
  • Vaginal thrush 
  • Abdominal cramps 
  • Vaginal discomfort 
  • Vaginal discharge

If you experience these side effects and you find them too uncomfortable, contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.

An uncommon side effect is severe or persistent diarrhoea. If you notice diarrhoea as a side effect, stop using Dalacin cream immediately and contact your GP.

When using Dalacin cream you should be aware that the cream may weaken or damage rubber condoms and diaphragms. Other methods of contraception should be used for the duration of treatment, however, sexual intercourse is not recommended during treatment.

How can I prevent BV from returning?

The exact cause of BV is not known but below we have listed some tips to reduce the risk of BV returning:

  • Not using perfumed soaps, shower gels or bubble bath in the bath
  • Not using vaginal deodorants or washes
  • Not washing your underwear in strong detergents
  • Not smoking 
  • Having showers instead of baths
  • Using water and plain soap to wash the genital area

Author

Tyson Wilkman, Clinical Pharmacist

Name

Tyson Wilkman

RoleClinical Pharmacist
Qual.Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours)
AboutTyson started with Simple Online Pharmacy in 2021. He's responsible for helping review and author accurate site content. He works with our GPs to make sure all aspects of the medicines are covered.

FAQ

What is Dalacin cream used for?

It is used to treat bacterial vaginosis (BV).

How long does Dalacin cream take to work?

The cream should be applied at bedtime for 3-7 days. Symptoms may improve or disappear sooner but it should still be used for the full prescribed course.

Can Dalacin cream be used for thrush?

The active ingredient is an antibiotic, meaning it only works against bacteria. Vaginal thrush is a fungal infection and needs antifungal treatment. We offer treatments for thrush on our website.

What kind of bacteria does clindamycin work against?

Clindamycin works against a number of bacteria that are associated with Bacteria Vaginosis such as Gardnerella vaginalis and Bacteroides.

Is clindamycin cream used for sexually transmitted infections (STIs)?

Dalacin cream is not suitable to treat an STI. Speak to your doctor about appropriate treatments for STIs.

Reviews

Info Leaflet

Before using any prescription medicine, it is advised that you read the full patient information leaflet.

Warnings

Warnings & Precautions

Interactions with other medicines

Dalacin cream may not be suitable for all people. When filling out our online form, make sure to list any medicines you currently take. Dalacin cream can interact with:

  • Warfarin (a blood thinner)
  • Erythromycin (an antibiotic)

Other vaginal products such as creams or gels are not recommended whilst using Dalacin cream.

Other conditions and Dalacin cream

When filling out our online consultation, make sure to mention any medical conditions that you have. Please mention if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

Dalacin cream should not be given to people who:

  • Have had an allergic reaction to clindamycin or any of the other ingredients in the cream
  • Have a history of inflammatory bowel disease

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