Also known as: Clindamycin
Derma is a prescription medication used to treat bacterial infections of the lungs, skin, blood, bones, joints, female reproductive system, and internal organs.
Derma belongs to a group of drugs called lincomycin antibiotics. These work by stopping the growth of bacteria.
This medication is available as a vaginal cream, vaginal suppository, oral capsule, and oral liquid.
This medication is also available in injectable forms to be given directly into a vein (IV) or a muscle (IM) by a healthcare professional.
Common side effects of Derma include nausea, vomiting, joint pain, heartburn, pain when swallowing, and white patches in the mouth.
Take Derma exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Follow all directions on your prescription label. Do not use this medicine in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended.
Take the capsule with a full glass of water to keep it from irritating your throat.
Measure the oral liquid with the dosing syringe provided, or with a special dose-measuring spoon or medicine cup. If you do not have a dose-measuring device, ask your pharmacist for one.
Derma is sometimes given as an injection into a muscle, or injected into a vein through an IV. You may be shown how to use injections at home. Do not self-inject this medicine if you do not understand how to give the injection and properly dispose of used needles, IV tubing, and other items used to inject the medicine.
Use a disposable needle only once. Follow any state or local laws about throwing away used needles and syringes. Use a puncture-proof "sharps" disposal container (ask your pharmacist where to get one and how to throw it away). Keep this container out of the reach of children and pets.
To make sure this medicine is not causing harmful effects, you may need frequent medical tests during treatment.
If you need surgery, tell the surgeon ahead of time that you are using Derma.
Use this medicine for the full prescribed length of time. Your symptoms may improve before the infection is completely cleared. Skipping doses may also increase your risk of further infection that is resistant to antibiotics. Derma will not treat a viral infection such as the flu or a common cold.
Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat. Protect the injectable medicine from high heat.
Do not store the oral liquid in the refrigerator. Throw away any unused oral liquid after 2 weeks.
In the event the patient misses a dose of Derma, the patient should take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for the next scheduled dose, taking another dose of Derma may cause an overdose which can lead to serious health complications. In this case, the missed dose should be skipped entirely to avoid an overdose potential. If an overdose of Derma is suspected the patient should seek immediate medical intervention and assessment. An overdose may involve symptoms such as changes in mood or behaviors, thoughts of self harm, suicidal thoughts, seizures, or convulsions.
Store Derma at room temperature, between 68 to 77 degrees F (20 to 25 degrees C) in a tightly-closed container. Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep Derma out of the reach of children and away from pets.