Dalacin T no longer supplied

December 2016: New evidence suggests there is a risk that using this topical antibiotic on its own long-term increases the chances of antibiotic resistance. An alternative is Duac, which contains the same antibiotic (clindamycin) combined with a mild peeling agent, with less chance of antibiotic resistance. Another alternative topical antibiotic is Zineryt (erythromycin) which is also less prone to antibiotic resistance than Dalacin T.

Dalacin T

Dalacin T topical, containing the antibiotic clindamycin, used to treat acne as part of a treatment plan.

  • Topical antibiotic for acne
  • Available as a solution or lotion
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How to buy online

  1. Read medical information about acne treatment
  2. Answer medical questions to check for eligibility
  3. Reviewed by doctors - posted from UK pharmacy


Acne treatmentQuantityCost
Dalacin T topical solution (clindamycin)30mls£11.50
Dalacin T topical solution (clindamycin)50mls£16.00
Dalacin T topical lotion (clindamycin)30mls£12.00
Dalacin T topical lotion (clindamycin)60mls (1 x 60mls)£19.80
Dalacin T topical lotion (clindamycin)90mls (3 x 30mls)£27.80

Dr Fox charges a small prescription fee per order.

Prescription fees

Dr Fox supplies medicine on prescription and charges a small prescription fee based on the order value of each prescription.

Prescriptions are issued by our doctors online and sent electronically to our pharmacy.

If you have your own private paper prescription please post to our pharmacy (details).

Dr Fox prices are 25%–50% lower than other UK online clinics.

Order valuePrescription fee
up to £10£1.00
up to £20£3.00
up to £50£5.00
up to £100£8.00
over £100£10.00

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About Dalacin T

Dalacin T is a topical preparation containing the antibiotic clindamycin. It is used to treat acne, and comes as solution and as a lotion. The solution is clear and the lotion is creamy. It is usually applied to acne affected areas twice daily.

Clindamycin is a macrolide. Erythromycin is the best known of the macrolide group of antibiotics.

How does Dalacin T work?

Acne is associated with a build up of potentially harmful bacteria on the surface of the skin, including the bacteria called propionibacterium. Dalacin T, and other antibiotic treatments, such as Lymecycline tablets, and Zineryt (erythromycin solution), reduce the level of these bacteria and reduce the levels of surface infection. As well as reducing infection, some antibiotics have an anti-inflammatory effect.

Other acne treatments

Antibiotic treatments are usually not used on their own, or necessarily as a first line treatment. Acne treatments which unblock pores (exfoliants) are usually used first, or are used in combination with antibiotics. A range of acne treatments is available from Dr Fox.

How long to use treatment

Dalacin T solution or lotion, like other antibiotic and other acne treatments, are best used regularly on a long term basis. The best results are usually seen after about 8 to 12 weeks, although improvement may be seen earlier.

Treatment should not be considered to have failed if it has not been tried for at least 8 weeks. If after 8 weeks, there is no improvement, a different treatment should be tried. If Dalacin T on its own is not working, a combination treatment could be tried, such as Duac gel (clindamcyin and benzoyl peroxide), or another type of topical treatment could be added, such as Isotrex gel (isotretinoin), or a different antibiotic could be tried, such as Lymecycline tablets, or erythromycin lotion (Zineryt).

In most cases doctors advise against using more than one antibiotic treatment at the same time. One antibiotic should be tried for at least 8 weeks, and then if not working, should be stopped and another one tried.

If acne has resolved after 6 months or so, treatment can be reduced or stopped, to see if treatment is still needed. In many cases acne will not come back, or come back only slowly. Treatments can always be restarted, if required.

Side effect of Dalacin T

Like nearly all topical applications, Dalacin T can cause skin irritation. This may settle down, particularly if applications are reduced from the usual twice daily regime down to once daily or even once every other day. After a few days or weeks the frequency of treatment can sometimes be increased. If sensitivity is marked, treatment should be stopped completely and not restarted. Dalacin T can make the skin oily, particularly the lotion, less so the solution. In some cases acne may worsen rather than improve. Some people using Dalacin T are troubled by a reversible orange brown discolouration of the skin produced by the preparation itself. This disappears over a few days, once applications are stopped.


The use of Dalacin T is best avoided by women who are breast-feeding or pregnant. Very little of the active ingredient, clindamycin, is absorbed through the skin into general circulation, however there is at least a theoretical risk, although not a proven one, and use is best avoided. There is a potential to interact with the blood thinning tablet warfarin, and even a possibility that the antibiotic could cause diarrhoea by affecting the bacteria found in the digestive system.

Dalacin T should not be ingested (eaten) or be applied around the mouth or close to the eyes. Dalacin T is not considered poisonous, but is intended only for application to the skin not ingestion, and it can cause irritation to the eyes.

Patient information leaflet

The 'Patient Information Leaflet' supplied with medication must be read before use.

Dalacin T Patient Leaflet

Dalacin T no longer supplied

December 2016: New evidence suggests there is a risk that using this topical antibiotic on its own long-term increases the chances of antibiotic resistance. Duac and Zineryt are alternative options.

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