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Adil Bhaloda Pharmacist GPhC: 2086262 Updated on: 29/10/2020 Next review: 29/04/2021

Buy Duac Once Daily Gel UK

Duac Once Daily Gel is an acne treatment which is contains benzoyl peroxide and clindamycin. It fights bacteria which are commonly associated with acne.

If you don't have time to get to your local pharmacy to pick up your prescription, you can buy Duac Once Daily Gel online from Prescription Doctor's trusted GPhC registered pharmacy.

To begin your order, simply complete our online medical form for our doctor to review. If your order is approved by our doctor before 3pm on weekdays, our UK based pharmacy will dispatches your item the same day via a next-day, discreet delivery straight to your door.

Can I buy Duac Once Daily Gel over the counter in the UK?

Duac Once Daily Gel is only available on prescription in the UK and cannot be bought over the counter.

With Prescription Doctor's online private prescription service, you can get a prescription for Duac Once Daily Gel online following a short online medical questionnaire.


How does Duac Once Daily Gel work?

Duac Once Daily Gel contains two active ingredients which work together to clear acne; benzoyl peroxide and clindamycin. These two active ingredients kill and prevent the growth of bacteria called propionibacterium acnes.

The bacteria, which live on the skin, feed on an oily substance called sebum. Sebum is produced by sebaceous glands in within the pores of the skin, and plays a key role in lubricating and protecting the skin.

When the bacteria eat sebum, they produce a fatty acid which causes inflammation and acne.

Clindamycin is an antibiotic which stops the bacteria from reproducing. It works by preventing the bacteria from creating a protein they need to replicate.

Benzoyl peroxide is an antiseptic which rids bacteria from the skin. It can also clean out pores in the skin, removing dirt and other substances such as dead skin cells and sebum, which can block the pores.

By ridding the bacteria from the skin, the inflammatory fatty acids are not produced and so the skin is able to heal.

How long does it take Duac Once Daily Gel to work?

It takes approximately 2 to 5 weeks for Duac Once Daily Gel to start working, though it may take up to 2 months before it reaches its maximum effectiveness. It's important to continue using the gel for as long as prescribed by your doctor.

You should not use Duac Once Daily Gel for longer than 12 weeks continuously.

Your doctor will tell you how long you need to use Duac Once Daily Gel for. You should always speak to your doctor before stopping treatment with Duac Once Daily Gel.


How do I use Duac Once Daily Gel?

Dual Gel is a topical cream which is applied directly to the skin once a day - usually in the evening.

  1. Thoroughly wash the area you will be applying the skin with soap and warm water. Remove any make-up from the area you will be applying the gel to. Dry the area completely by patting it with a towel.
  2. Squeeze an appropriate amount of Duac Once Daily Gel onto your fingers.
    • For your face only, squeeze out an amount of gel which reaches from the tip of your finger to the first joint or crease in your finger. This is a finger tip length.
    • For your face and back, apply two and a half finger tip lengths of cream.
  3. Using your finger tips, gently rub the cream into the affected areas. If the gel is not absorbed by your skin, you are applying too much and should use less gel next time.
  4. Wash your hands after applying the gel. Use soap and warm water.
  5. Allow the area of skin to dry before applying any make-up or topical creams, such as moisturisers.

If you experience dryness or skin peeling, you can use Duac Once Daily Gel less often to allow your skin to heal and adjust to the treatment. You can also use a gentle moisturiser to treat peeling or dry skin. When choosing a moisturiser, look for hypoallergenic creams which are free from oils or fragrances.

What should I do if I accidentally use too much Duac Once Daily Gel?

If you use more Duac Once Daily Gel than you should, wipe away the excess with a clean, dry tissue and discard of it appropriately. Use Duac Once Daily Gel less often or stop using the gel for a few days before starting again.

Using more Duac Once Daily Gel will not clear your acne faster, but can increase your risk of side effects such as skin irritations.

What should I do if I forget to use Duac Once Daily Gel?

If you forget to use Duac Once Daily Gel when you should, use it at the next usual time.

Do not use more Duac Once Daily Gel to make up for a missed dose.

If you find it difficult to remember when to take medicine, set a reminder on your phone or store your medicine in a place which is likely to jog your memory.

What should I do if I want to stop using Duac Once Daily Gel?

If you wish to stop using Duac Once Daily Gel, speak to your doctor first.

What should I do if I accidenally get Duac Once Daily Gel in my eye?

If you accidentally get Duac Once Daily Gel in your eye, immediately rinse your eyes with cold water. If stinging persists, seek immediate medical attention by going straight to your nearest accident and emergency department. Remember to take the packaging and any remaining medicine with you so that doctors know exactly what you have taken.


Side effects and cautions of Duac Once Daily Gel

Before you use Duac Once Daily Gel, it's important to read the accompanying patient information leaflet. This leaflet contains important information on how to use and store Duac Once Daily Gel, as well as other safety notices that you need to be aware during your course of treatment.

You can view the patient information leaflets for Duac Once Daily Gel here:

Duac Once Daily 10 mg/g + 30 mg/g Gel

Duac Once Daily 10 mg/g + 50 mg/g Gel

Always speak to your doctor before you use Duac Once Daily Gel to ensure it is safe for you.

Side effects of Duac Once Daily Gel

Duac Once Daily Gel, like all medicines, carries the risk of side effects. Though it's important to be aware that not everybody who uses Duac Once Daily Gel will experience side effects.

It's important to remain vigilant of any side effects you experience during your course of treatment with Duac Once Daily Gel and to inform your doctor if any side effects occur.

Stop using Duac Once Daily Gel and see a doctor straight away if you notice any of the following serious side effects:

  • Signs of an allergic reaction
  • Severe or prolonged diarrhoea, or abdominal cramps
  • Severe burning, peeling or itching

Very common side effects (may affect more than 1 in 10 people):

  • Burning feeling, dry skin, itching or peeling at the site of the application
  • Redness of the skin (especially during the first few weeks of treatment)

Common side effects (may affect up to 1 in 10 people):

  • Headache
  • Red, itchy skin, rash (dermatitis)
  • Sensitivity to sunlight

Uncommon side effects (may affect up to 1 in 100 people):

  • Tingling sensation
  • Worsening of acne

This is not an exhaustive list of side effects. Further information regarding the safety of Duac Once Daily Gel, including a complete list of side effects, can be found within the patient information leaflet enclosed within the packaging of your treatment.

If you experience any side effects, regardless of whether they are listed above or in the patient information leaflet, it is important that you report them to your doctor.

Allergies

Do not use Duac Once Daily Gel if you are allergic to benzoyl peroxide, clindamycin or any of the other ingredients listed in the patient information leaflet.

If you experience the signs and symptoms of an allergic reaction, stop using Duac Once Daily Gel and seek immediate medical attention by going straight to your nearest accident and emergency department. Remember to take the packaging and any remaining medicine with you so that doctor's know exactly what you have taken.

Signs of an allergic reaction include:

  • Chest tightening
  • Dry, red and cracked skin
  • Itchy, red watery eyes
  • Raised, itchy, red rash (hives)
  • Swelling of the lips, tongue, eyes or face
  • Tummy pain, nausea, vomiting or diarrhoea
  • Wheezing

Pregnancy and breastfeeding

If you are pregnant, think you might be pregnant, or breastfeeding, it's important to speak to your doctor before using Duac Once Daily Gel as there is limited information regarding the safety of Duac Once Daily Gel when used by pregnant and breastfeeding women.

Do not apply Duac Once Daily Gel to your breasts if you are breastfeeding.

Other safety information

Always speak to your doctor before you buy Duac Once Daily Gel online from Prescription Doctor.

Please inform our doctor of all medicines you are currently taking, including those bought over the counter and health supplements.

Do not use Duac Once Daily Gel past the expiry date printed on the packaging. The date refers to the last day of the indicated month. For example, "EXP: 03/25" means the 31st of March 2025.

Never throw away medicine via household or water waste. Take any unwanted or expired medication to your pharmacy and ask them to dispose of them safely on your behalf.

Always store Duac Once Daily Gel out of sight and reach of children and pets.

Never share your medicine with anybody else, even if they are experiencing the same symptoms or have the same condition as you.


Frequently asked questions

Can I drink alcohol while using Duac Once Daily Gel?

It is safe to drink alcohol while using Duac Once Daily Gel. You should avoid drinking more than the recommended weekly limit of 14 units of alcohol.

Will Duac Once Daily Gel affect my ability to drive or operate machinery?

Duac Once Daily Gel should not impact your ability to drive or operate machinery. However, if you accidentally get Duac Once Daily Gel in your eye, you may experience blurred vision which may render you unable to safely drive or operate machinery. Speak to your doctor if you accidentally get Duac Once Daily Gel in your eye.

How do I store Duac Once Daily Gel?

Do not store Duac Once Daily Gel above 25°C and discard the medicine 2 months after opening. Always store Duac Once Daily Gel out of reach from children and pets.

Will Duac Once Daily Gel affect my contraception?

Duac Once Daily Gel does not interact with hormonal contraceptives, such as the combined contraceptive pill or morning after pill.

Will Duac Once Daily Gel affect my fertility?

There is no evidence that Duac Once Daily Gel affects male or female fertility.

Does Duac Once Daily Gel treat acne scars?

Duac Once Daily Gel is not indicated specifically for treating acne scars, though some users have reported that the appearance of scarring has diminished while using Duac Once Daily Gel. To prevent scarring, it is important not to pick or pop your spots. Acne scars usually fade over time.

Can I use Duac Once Daily Gel with other topical treatments?

You should avoid using Duac Once Daily Gel with other acne treatments.

Can I wear make-up while using Duac Once Daily Gel?

You can wear make-up while using Duac Once Daily Gel. Wait for the area you applied Duac Once Daily Gel to to completely dry before applying make-up. Choose hypoallergenic make-up and avoid oily cosmetic products.

What should I do if Duac Once Daily Gel does not work for me?

If you do not notice an improvement after 4 weeks, or if your acne worsens, speak to your doctor. Your doctor may be able to recommend an alternative treatment for your acne.


Sources

Stiefel, 2020. Duac Once Daily 10 mg/g + 30 mg/g Gel: Summary of Product Characteristics

Stiefel 2020. Duac Once Daily 10mg/g + 50mg/g Gel: Summary of Product Characteristics

NHS, 2019. Benzoyl Peroxide

British Association of Dermatologists (BAD), 2020. Acne: Patient Information Leaflet

Treatment information

  • Product Name: Duac Once Daily Gel
  • Manufacturer: Stiefel
  • Active Ingredient(s): Benzoyl peroxide and Clindamycin
  • Administration: Topical
  • Presentation: Gel
  • Available Strength: 10mg/g benzoyl peroxide + 30mg/g clindamycin, 10mg/g benzoyl peroxide + 50mg/g clindamycin
  • Exemption: Prescription Only
  • Dosage: Apply once daily to the affected areas
  • Description: Duac Once Daily Gel is a treatment for acne which contains an antibiotic and an antiseptic to clear the bacteria responsible for acne.
  • Drug Class: Antibiotic
  • Alcohol Consumption: No influence
  • When Pregnant: Speak to your doctor before using Duac Once Daily Gel if you are pregnant or think you might be pregnant.
  • When Breastfeeding: Speak to your doctor before using Duac gel if you are breastfeeding.
Click here to view the Duac Once Daily Gel - Patient Information Leaflet

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