Co-cyprindiol and Duac Gel


Combining the contraceptive pill and a topical gel can be an effective treatment for women suffering from mild to moderate acne, treating both the cause and the appearance of the condition.

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About Co-cyprindiol and Duac Gel

How should I use Co-cyprindiol and Duac gel?

Because Co-cyprindiol (also known as Dianette or Clairette) is a contraceptive pill, it is best to begin taking it on the first day of your period, continue for 21 days, and then take a 7-day break. When taken at the same time each day and in this manner, co-cyprindiol will act as a contraceptive.

Every evening, apply a thin layer of Duac gel to the affected area. It should not be used on skin that is broken, irritated, or sunburned.

How will this acne treatment combination work?

Co-cyprindiol works to treat hormonal acne by blocking the hormones that cause acne and thus preventing acne from forming.

Clindamycin phosphate (1%) and Benzoyl Peroxide are the active ingredients in Duac gel (3 percent ). These two ingredients work together to kill acne-causing bacteria while also breaking down blackheads and whiteheads. Duac gel, in turn, reduces the inflammation and redness that are commonly associated with acne.

Will Co-cyprindiol and Duac gel work?

This acne treatment combination package will attack acne from multiple directions. The combination of these two medications will be most effective for women who have pustules, which are white-tipped red spots, as part of their acne.

It may take 4 to 12 weeks before you notice a difference in your condition, so stick with the acne treatment regimen.

Do Co-cyprindiol or Duac gel have any side effects?

A mild burning sensation, redness, dryness, and peeling skin are some of the common side effects that people who use Duac gel may experience. This gel, like all products containing Benzoyl Peroxide, will make you more sensitive to sunlight, so wear an SPF of at least 30.

Some women may experience side effects from co-cyprindiol, such as mood swings, weight gain, headaches, nausea, and sore breasts.

See the patient information leaflets for Co-cyprindiol and Duac gel for more information on side effects and proper use.

Is it safe to take these medications while pregnant or breastfeeding?

Neither medication should be used if you are pregnant or nursing.

Will this treatment interfere with any other medications I'm taking?

Duac gel should not be combined with any products containing the antibiotic erythromycin, as well as tretinoin, isotretinoin, or tazarotene.

Other medications may interfere with Co-effectiveness cyprindiol’s and ability to protect against pregnancy. You should inform us about any other medications you are taking so that we can safely prescribe the best acne treatment for you.

Acne Treatment Alternatives

Instead of the contraceptive pill Co-cyprindiol, you may be prescribed oral antibiotics in addition to a topical gel or cream to treat your acne. Topical medications can also be prescribed on their own.

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