IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION for VELTIN Gel
Do not use VELTIN Gel if you have Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis, or have had inflammation of the colon (colitis) with past antibiotic use. Talk to your doctor if you are not sure if you have one of these conditions. See full Important Safety Information below
As a parent, maybe it’s been a while since you experienced a breakout, but if your teen is dealing with acne, chances are you can relate. That’s because some studies show that acne may run in families.
Acne is a common skin condition that affects between 40 million and 50 million Americans. About 80% of all teens and young adults will have acne breakouts at some point.
So what’s a parent to do? There's no quick fix for acne, but there are things you can do to help. Here’s where you can start:
- Talk about acne—start a conversation with your teen about acne and see if he or she needs to see a doctor or dermatologist
- Set expectations—communicate that there’s no overnight cure for acne and that it may take time to see results with consistent treatment
- Instill good habits—reinforce that a skin-care routine can help manage acne. Ask your teen's doctor to offer ideas on how to combine treatment with other daily routines, like after brushing the teeth
- Learn about acne—get an understanding of how acne develops, and its contributing factors
- Make an appointment—a doctor can help determine what treatment options, like VELTIN Gel, may be right for your teen
VELTIN Gel is prescription medicine used on the skin to treat acne in people 12 years and older.
It is not known if VELTIN Gel is safe or effective in children under 12 years of age.
IMPORTANT: VELTIN Gel is for use only on your skin. Do not get VELTIN Gel in your mouth, eyes, or vagina.
Important Safety Information for VELTIN Gel
Do not use VELTIN Gel if you have Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis, or have had inflammation of the colon (colitis) with past antibiotic use. Talk to your doctor if you are not sure if you have one of these conditions.
Clindamycin, one of the ingredients in VELTIN Gel, can cause severe colitis that may lead to death. Topical clindamycin may be absorbed through the skin into the bloodstream. Diarrhea, bloody diarrhea, and colitis have been reported with the use of topical clindamycin. Stop using VELTIN Gel and call your doctor if you develop severe watery diarrhea, bloody diarrhea, or severe stomach cramps.
While using VELTIN Gel, limit your time in the sun and avoid tanning beds and sunlamps. VELTIN Gel may cause your skin to become sunburned more easily. If you have a sunburn, do not use VELTIN Gel until it is healed. Use sunscreen and protective clothing, such as a hat. Also avoid other weather extremes such as wind and cold temperatures because these may be irritating to your skin.
Common side effects of VELTIN Gel include skin irritation (for example dryness, peeling, burning, or itching), which usually decreases gradually after 2 weeks.
Tell your doctor if you have any allergies or any other medical conditions.
Before using VELTIN Gel, tell your doctor if you plan to have surgery with general anesthesia. One of the medicines in VELTIN Gel can affect how certain anesthesia medicines work.
Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant, as it is not known if VELTIN Gel may harm your unborn baby.
It is not known if VELTIN Gel passes into breast milk. Topical clindamycin may be absorbed through the skin into the bloodstream. Clindamycin may pass into the breast milk when taken by mouth or by injection. You and your doctor should decide if you will use VELTIN Gel or breast-feed. You should not do both.
VELTIN Gel should not be used with products that contain erythromycin. Tell your doctor if you take medicine that contains erythromycin.
For more information about VELTIN Gel, please see the full Prescribing Information.
You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA.
Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch, or call 1-800-FDA-1088.
VELTIN is a registered trademark of Astellas Pharma Europe B.V.