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Benzamycin (Generic Erythromycin and Benzoyl Peroxide Topical)

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Why is this medication prescribed?

Erythromycin and benzoyl peroxide are both used to treat acne. Topical antibiotics are a class of drugs that includes erythromycin and benzoyl peroxide. Erythromycin and benzoyl peroxide work together to eliminate the acne-causing bacteria.

How should this medicine be used?

Erythromycin and benzoyl peroxide are combined in a gel for topical use. The typical application schedule calls for morning and evening applications. Applying the erythromycin and benzoyl peroxide gel at roughly the same times each day can help you remember to do so. Ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any instructions on your prescription label that you are unsure about following. Erythromycin and benzoyl peroxide gel should be used exactly as recommended. Use it only as directed by your doctor, neither more nor less often.

Before you experience the full benefits of this drug, it could take a few weeks or longer. Even if you first do not notice any improvement, keep taking this medication.

Follow these steps to use the gel:

  1. With a clean towel, gently pat dry the afflicted areas after washing them with a moderate, soap-free cleanser.
  2. If the container your prescription comes in is big, take a pea-sized amount out with your finger and proceed on to step 5.
  3. If your medication comes in a little bag, cut off the top at the notched tab with scissors or your fingers. Never use your teeth to open the pouch.
  4. Onto your palm, squeeze the pouch’s contents. A clear gel and a white gel will be visible. With five to ten circular strokes, combine the gels with your fingertip.
  5. Apply a little layer of gel evenly over the affected region using your fingertips. Keep the gel away from your lips, nose, eyes, and other body openings. Wash your eyes with warm water if you do manage to get the gel in them.
  6. Check your reflection. You have taken too much medication if you notice a white film on your skin.
  7. After throwing away the empty pouch, wash your hands.

Other uses for this medicine

Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more details if you believe this drug should be used for something else.

What special precautions should I follow?

Before using erythromycin and benzoyl peroxide,

  • If you have any drug allergies, including those to erythromycin (E.E.S., E-Mycin, Erythrocin), benzoyl peroxide (Benzac, Desquam, PanOxyl, Triaz, and others), please let your doctor and pharmacist know right away.
  • Inform your physician and pharmacist about all prescription and over-the-counter drugs, vitamins, dietary supplements, and herbal products you are taking. Make sure to mention any additional topical acne treatments. Your physician might need to adjust the dosage of your drugs or keep a close eye on you for side effects.
  • If you have or have previously had any medical issues, let your doctor know.
  • Inform your doctor if you are expecting, intend to get pregnant, or are nursing a baby. Call your doctor if you become pregnant while taking erythromycin and benzoyl peroxide.
  • Make a plan to limit your time spent in the sun and to use sunscreen, sunglasses, and protective clothes. Your skin may become more sensitive to the sun if you use erythromycin and benzoyl peroxide.
  • To keep your skin soft during treatment, ask your doctor or pharmacist for a moisturiser recommendation.
  • The flammability of Benzamycin Pak should be noted. Never combine, use, or keep it close to a flame.

What special dietary instructions should I follow?

Keep eating normally unless your doctor instructs you otherwise.

What should I do if I forget a dose?

As soon as you realise you missed a dose, administer it. If the next dose is soon due, skip the missed one and carry on with your regular dosing plan. Applying a second dose to make up for a missed one is not advised.

What side effects can this medication cause?

Benzoyl peroxide and erythromycin both have potential adverse effects. If any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away, let your doctor know right once:

  • Arid skin
  • Skin that is peeling, red, itchy, stinging, burning, or tingly
  • Skin that’s oily, sensitive, or discoloured

Some adverse effects can be very harmful. Even though the following signs are unusual, you should call your doctor right once if you notice any of them:

  • Really bad diarrhoea
  • Faeces with blood or mucous in it
  • Severe cramping or discomfort in the stomach
  • The nose or facial swelling
  • Edoema and inflammation of the eye or eyelids
  • Hives
  • Alterations in your skin or nails that could indicate a fungal infection

Benzoyl peroxide and erythromycin both have potential negative effects. If you experience any strange issues while taking this drug, call your doctor right away.

You or your doctor can submit a report to the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting programme online or by phone if you have a serious side event (1-800-332-1088).

What should I know about storage and disposal of this medication?

Keep this medication tightly closed in the original container and out of the reach of children. Do not freeze Benzamycin Gel; instead, keep it in the refrigerator. If you forget to put the gel in the fridge for a day, you can put it in the fridge when you remember and use it after that. Benzamycin Pak should be kept at room temperature, away from sources of extreme heat and moisture (not in the bathroom). After three months, discard any unused Benzamycin Gel.

Unused prescriptions must be disposed of carefully to prevent pets, kids, and other people from ingesting them. You should not, however, dispose of this medication in the toilet. Instead, utilising a medicine take-back programme is the easiest approach to get rid of your medication. To find out about take-back programmes in your area, speak with your pharmacist or the garbage/recycling department in your city. If you do not have access to a take-back programme, see the FDA’s Safe Disposal of Medicines website at for additional information.

As many containers (such as weekly pill minders and those for eye drops, creams, patches, and inhalers) are not child-resistant and are simple for young children to open, it is crucial to keep all medications out of sight and out of reach of children. Always lock safety caps and promptly stash medication up and away from young children where it is out of their sight and reach to prevent poisoning.

What other information should I know?

Keep all of your doctor’s appointments.

Be careful not to get erythromycin and benzoyl peroxide gel on your clothes or hair. Benzoyl peroxide and erythromycin can bleach coloured clothing or hair.

Do not share your medication with anybody else. Any queries you may have regarding medication refills should be directed to your pharmacist.

You should keep a written record of every medication you take, including any over-the-counter (OTC) items, prescription drugs, and dietary supplements like vitamins and minerals. This list should be brought with you whenever you see a doctor or are admitted to the hospital. You should always have this information with you in case of emergencies.

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