- Applied as a topical gel
- Used to treat mild - moderate acne
- Prevents the growth of acne causing bacteria on the skin
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What is Treclin gel?
Treclin gel is a topical gel which contains the active substances clindamycin and tretinoin.
It is a prescription only medicine. You can buy Treclin gel online when you have a prescription from a doctor. It is available to buy from Medicine Direct after an online consultation with one of our certified doctors.
If you order before 2pm, we can offer next day delivery on your medication, which means you can start your course of treatment more or less straight away.
What is Treclin gel used to treat?
A topical gel, Treclin can be used to treat moderate cases of acne by preventing the growth of bacteria.
Clindamycin is an antibiotic that works to kill the bacteria that live on the skin which causes acne. At the same time, tretinoin is able to reduce the skin cells' ability to stick together; this makes it easier for you to shed dead skin cells, which stops them from blocking your pores and follicles.
This mechanism of action makes Treclin gel a very effective treatment for acne spots.
Who can use Treclin gel?
Treclin gel is an effective acne treatment, but it may not be suitable for you to use.
Do not use Treclin without speaking to your doctor if you suffer from any of the following:
- You are allergic to lincomycin
- You are allergic to any of the ingredients contained in Treclin
- You are suffering from acute eczema
- You have a history of colitis when using other antibiotics
- You have a chronic inflammatory bowel disease, such as Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis
- You or a member of your family has ever had skin cancer
- You are suffering from rosacea
- You are suffering from other acute inflammatory conditions of the skin
- You have any special type of acne vulgaris
Always read the patient information leaflet thoroughly for a comprehensive list of reasons why Treclin might not be a suitable treatment for you to use.
Further information can be found under the Warnings and Drug Interactions tab on this page.
Possible side effects
Like all medicines, Treclin gel comes with the risk of certain side effects, although not everyone who uses it will suffer from them.
The following reactions may affect up to 1 in every 100 people:
- Acne, dry skin, redness of the skin, increased sebum production, photosensitivity reaction, itching, rash, scaly rash, scaling of the skin, sunburn
- Burning, inflamed skin, dryness, redness of the skin on the area(s) you have applied Treclin gel
If any of these symptoms persist or concern you, you should speak to your doctor.
This list is not exhaustive. Please, refer to the Side Effects tab on this page for a full list of adverse reactions you may experience while using Treclin gel.
Treclin Gel Dosage and Directions
Out pharmacists and prescribers follow NICE guidelines when prescribing Treclin Gel.
Always use Treclin gel exactly as instructed by your doctor. Read the patient information leaflet thoroughly before you apply Treclin gel; speak to your doctor if you are unsure of how to apply it.
How to apply Treclin gel
Treclin gel should be applied to the skin once a day, at bedtime.
Wash your face with mild soap and warm water. Gently, pat your skin dry with a towel.
Squeeze a pea-sized amount of the gel to your fingertip and dab it onto your nose, chin, forehead and both cheeks, and spread it evenly over your whole face.
Wash your hands after applying Treclin gel.
What if I use too much?
Using more Treclin gel than you are supposed to will not treat your acne any more effectively.
You may suffer redness or peeling if you apply too much Treclin. If this happens, wash your face with gentle soap and warm water; speak to your doctor if your symptoms do not improve.
What if I forget to use it?
Never double dose medicine to make up for missing a previous dose. If you forget to apply the gel, just apply it the next evening.
To effectively stop the growth of bacteria and treat acne, it is very important that you are consistent with your treatment. Some people find it useful to set an alarm at bedtime, to remind them to apply Treclin.
How long will I need to use it for?
Most people will notice a sizeable improvement in their acne after they have been using Treclin for between 4 and 12 weeks. Do not stop using the treatment before your doctor tells you to, this could affect the results and hinder the medicine's effectiveness.
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Treclin Gel Serious Side Effects
The more common side effects associated with this medication can be found on the main product page. In some cases, you could experience rare adverse reactions while you use Treclin gel.
Rare side effects of Treclin gel may include:
- Feeling hot, pain
- A headache
- Herpes simplex (cold sores)
- Skin bleeding, inflammation, burning sensation, loss of skin pigmentation, or skin irritation
- Irritation, discolouration, damage, swelling or superficial skin damage to the area of application
- Eye irritation
- Underactive thyroid gland
In rare cases, you may experience a serious allergic reaction to Treclin and require immediate treatment in hospital.
Stop using Treclin and either call 999 or go to A&E straight away if you suffer from any of these symptoms:
- You are wheezing
- You get a skin rash that is red, swollen, itchy, blistered, or peeling skin
- You have swelling in your face, mouth, lips, throat, or tongue
- You are finding it difficult to breathe or speak
- You have tightness in your throat or chest
Always read the medicine's patient information leaflet before you start to apply Treclin. The above lists may not be exhaustive.
Treclin Gel Warnings and drug interactions
Treclin gel may interact with other medicines.
Always make sure that your doctor is aware if you are currently taking any other medicines. This includes both prescription and non-prescription medications, herbal remedies, vitamins and supplements.
In particular, make sure they are aware if you are currently taking any of the following medicines:
- Any medicines that contain sulphur, salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide or resorcinol or any chemical abrasives
- While using Treclin, you should not use any medicated soaps cleansers or scrubbing solutions with strong drying effects
Speak to your doctor if you get acute inflammation of the skin while using this medicine.
Consult your doctor if you have atopic eczema before using this gel.
Pregnancy and breastfeeding
Treclin gel is not recommended for use by women who are pregnant. Inform your doctor if you are currently pregnant, think you may be pregnant, or are trying to get pregnant.
You should also tell your doctor if you are currently breastfeeding.
Treclin Gel Ingredients
Clindamycin and tretinoin are the active ingredients contained in this gel.
Treclin gel also contains the following inactive ingredients: purified water, glycerol, carbomers, methyl parahydroxybenzoate (E 218), polysorbate 80, disodium edetate, anhydrous citric acid, propyl parahydroxybenzoate (E 216), butyl hydroxytoluene (E321), trometamol.
Inform your doctor if you are allergic to any of the ingredients this medicine contains.
Published on: 12/10/2020
Updated on: 18/05/2021
This content has been written by our Superintendent Pharmacist Hussain Abdeh and has been medically reviewed by our Pharmacist Sonia Khan
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