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Treclin Gel

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Treclin is a topical gel, used for the treatment of mild to moderate acne. Acne is where the skin develops spots and becomes oily. Treclin works by increasing the turnover of skin cells, and reduces blocked pores, helping the natural exfoliation of the skin.
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What is Treclin?

Treclin is used for the treatment of topical acne. Acne is a condition that causes the skin to develop spots and become oily. It can develop on the back, chest and the face, and in some patients can be a cause of reduced self esteem or embarrassment. Treclin can help to reduce the appearance of spots and blackheads on the skin.

Treclin is prescription medication. You must have a valid prescription before buying Treclin. However, it’s possible for us to prescribe Treclin to you following a brief online assessment. Contact us to find out more.

Treclin gel contains two active ingredients - clindamycin and tretinoin. For more information on Treclin, consult the patient information leaflet.

How it works

Treclin gel contains two active ingredients, clindamycin and tretinoin. Clindamycin is an antibiotic, which limits and prevents the growth of bacteria that causes acne. It also reduces the the inflammation and swelling caused by this bacteria. Tretinoin affects the renewal and growth of skin cells, and normalises the shedding of skin cells that clog hair follicles in areas with acne. This will prevent the buildup of sebum, and helps to prevent the formation of blackheads and whiteheads.

Treclin, like other acne treatments, is a long term treatment, and you may be required to use it for a period of several months before you notice any improvement.

Before you take it

You should not use Treclin if you are allergic to any of the ingredients, including the active ingredients clindamycin and tretinoin. Speak with your doctor, who will be able to recommend an alternative treatment for your acne.

You must not use Treclin on areas of irritated skin, such as areas where you have cuts, scrapes or bruising. If you have atopic eczema, you should talk to your doctor before using this medication. You should be careful to note any skin sensitivity or irritation caused by Treclin, and report this to your doctor.

Treclin should not affect your ability to drive or operate heavy machinery. However, you should not operate machinery or drive until you are fully aware of how this medication affects you.

This medication can make your skin more sensitive to sunburn. For this reason, you should avoid direct sunlight and ensure you cover up affected areas where appropriate. Do not expose your skin to artificial sunlamps or sunbeds while using Treclin. If you do become sunburnt while using Treclin, you should stop treatment until your skin has healed.

You should not use Treclin if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant or are breastfeeding. Speak to your doctor to discuss an alternative treatment for your acne if you are pregnant. It is not known whether Treclin passes into breast milk or whether it may harm an unborn baby.

Treclin should not be used in conjunction with other acne treatments such as benzoyl peroxide or retinol. You must wait until the effects of these medications has fully worn off before you start using Treclin.

This is not an exhaustive list of warnings or interactions that may occur when using Treclin. For a full list, consult the patient information leaflet.

Dosage Instructions

You should always use Treclin as your doctor or pharmacist has prescribed. Never exceed the stated dose. If you are in any way unsure as to how to use Treclin, you should consult your doctor or pharmacist for advice.

Treclin should be applied once daily at bedtime. Ensure the affected area is clean and dry, and has been washed with soap and water beforehand. Apply a pea-sized amount to the skin, rubbing in gently. Wash your hands thoroughly before and after use.

Your doctor will tell you how long you must use Treclin for. You will be required to visit your doctor around three months after starting treatment in order to monitor how well Treclin is working and whether it is appropriate for you to continue using it.

This medicine should only be used externally.

Store Treclin in a cool, dry place, away from heat and moisture. Keep it out of the reach of children and pets.

Common Side Effects of Treclin

Treclin can cause unwanted side effects in some patients. These will typically go away on their own, as your body becomes used to the medication. However, if these side effects persist, you may wish to go to your doctor to discuss them. Side effects include:

  • Acne
  • Dry skin
  • Increased sebum production
  • Itching
  • Redness
  • Rash
  • Burning sensation

Treclin may also cause more serious side effects. These are rare, but you should visit your doctor to discuss them should they occur. Side effects may include:

  • Hypersensitivity
  • Headache
  • Eye irritation
  • Gastroenteritis
  • Swelling or discolouration of the skin

Treclin may also cause an allergic reaction. This is extremely rare, but any allergic reaction is an emergency. If you believe you are experiencing an allergic reaction, you must immediately seek medical advice. Symptoms include:

  • Tightness in the chest or throat
  • Wheezing or difficulty breathing
  • Swelling of the face, tongue, mouth or throat
  • Hives or nettle rash

This is not a complete list of potential side effects. For a full list, consult the patient information leaflet.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Is Treclin suitable for children?

Treclin can be used by children aged 12 and over. However, we do not prescribe any medication to anyone under the age of 18.

I’m pregnant. Can I use Treclin?

No. Do not use Treclin if you are pregnant. You must speak to your doctor to discuss an alternative treatment for your acne. If you are of childbearing age while using Treclin, you should use appropriate contraception to prevent pregnancy. If you become pregnant while using Treclin, stop using it and go to your doctor.

What happens if I miss a dose?

If you forget to use Treclin, skip the missed dose and use it at your next scheduled time. Do not apply more gel than usual to make up for a missed dose.

What happens if I use too much?

If you use too much Treclin, it is unlikely to harm you, but you should be aware that applying more than prescribed will not make your acne go away any quicker, but may irritate the skin or cause additional side effects. If you have accidentally ingested Treclin, you must immediately go to a hospital.

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Dosage Instructions Apply thinly at bedtime