HEALTH GUIDE REFERENCE FROM A.D.A.M
Benzoyl Peroxide (BEN-zoe-ill per-OX-ide), Erythromycin (er-ith-roe-MYE-sin)
Used on the skin to treat acne.
Benzamycin Pak, Benzamycin
There may be other brand names for this medicine.
When This Medicine Should Not Be Used
You should not use this medicine if you have had an allergic reaction to erythromycin or benzoyl peroxide in the past.
How to Use This Medicine
- Your doctor will tell you how often to use this medicine.
- For use on the skin only.
- Wash and dry the area before you put on the medicine. If you have just shaved, you should wait 30 minutes before applying the medicine to prevent stinging or irritation.
- Put the medicine on with your fingers and spread it over the affected area (on and around the acne).
- Do not apply in or around the eyes.
- Wash your hands after using.
If a dose is missed:
- Apply the missed dose as soon as possible.
- Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next regular dose.
- You should not use twice as much medicine at one time.
How to Store and Dispose of This Medicine
- Store this medicine in the refrigerator, away from heat and direct light. Do not freeze.
- Keep all medicine out of the reach of children.
Drugs and Foods to Avoid
Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.
- Check with your doctor before using any other acne medicine on your skin.
- Using PABA sunscreen and benzoyl peroxide together may cause your skin to change color. Ask your pharmacist for a sunscreen product that does not contain PABA.
Warnings While Using This Medicine
- If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, talk to your doctor before using this medicine.
- Benzoyl peroxide may bleach hair and dyed fabric. Avoid getting the medicine on your hair or clothes.
Possible Side Effects While Using This Medicine
Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:
- Severe skin swelling or blistering
If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:
- Skin rash, redness, swelling or itching
- Dry or peeling skin
- Tenderness, stinging or burning
- Eye irritation
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