Why is this medication prescribed?
Mild to moderate acne is treated with benzoyl peroxide.
How should this medicine be used?
For usage on the skin, benzoyl peroxide is available as a cleansing liquid or bar, lotion, cream, and gel. Typically, benzoyl peroxide is applied once or twice daily. To evaluate how your skin responds to this treatment, start with once daily. Ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any instructions you do not understand, and carefully follow any instructions on the packaging or on the label of your prescription. Benzoyl peroxide should only be used as indicated. Use it only as prescribed by your doctor, neither more nor less of it, and never more frequently.
When using this medication for the first time, apply a small amount of the benzoyl peroxide product to one or two small places you want to treat for three days. Use the product as instructed on the packaging or on the label of your prescription if no response or pain happens.
As instructed, cleanse the afflicted area with the cleansing bar and liquid.
Before applying the lotion, cream, or gel, wash the regions of the skin that are afflicted and gently pat them dry with a towel. After that, apply a small amount of benzoyl peroxide and gently rub it in.
Unless your doctor instructs you otherwise, stay away from anything that could irritate your skin (such as abrasive soaps or cleansers, alcohol-containing products, cosmetics or soaps that dry the skin, medicated cosmetics, sunlight, and sunlamps).
The effects of this medicine may not be felt for four to six weeks. Call your doctor if your acne doesn’t clear up after this period.
Do not let any medication enter your mouth, nose, or eyes.
Without consulting a doctor, never administer benzoyl peroxide to children younger than 12 years of age.
What special precautions should I follow?
Before using benzoyl peroxide,
- If you have any allergies, including to benzoyl peroxide, any drugs, or any of the substances in products containing benzoyl peroxide, inform your doctor and pharmacist right away. For a list of the ingredients, see your pharmacist or look on the label of the container.
- In addition to vitamins, be sure to let your doctor and pharmacist know what prescription and over-the-counter medications you are taking.
- Inform your physician if you are nursing a baby, intend to get pregnant, or are already pregnant. Call your doctor if you become pregnant while taking benzoyl peroxide.
What should I do if I forget a dose?
As soon as you recall, take the missed dose. Skip the missed dose and carry on with your regular dosing plan, nevertheless, if it is almost time for the subsequent dose. To make up for a missing dose, avoid applying a second one.
What side effects can this medication cause?
Side effects are possible with benzoyl peroxide. If any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away, consult your doctor:
- Peeling or dryness of the skin
- Warming sensation
- Minimal stinging
There could be some severe negative effects. Call your doctor right away if you encounter any of these symptoms, or seek emergency care:
- The treated area may experience swelling, redness, blistering, or burning
You should stop taking benzoyl peroxide and call your doctor right once if you have any of the following symptoms, or seek emergency medical attention:
- Throat constriction
- Having trouble breathing
- Feeling dizzy
- Enlargement of the tongue, lips, face, or eyes
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. Store it away from excessive heat and moisture at room temperature (not in the bathroom).
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 http://goo.gl/c4Rm4p 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. http://www.upandaway.org
What other information should I know?
Keep all of your doctor’s appointments. Only usage of benzoyl peroxide is recommended. Avoid getting benzoyl peroxide in your mouth, nose, or eyes, and avoid swallowing it. If your doctor has not instructed you to, avoid using dressings, bandages, cosmetics, lotions, or other skin treatments on the region being treated.
Benzoyl peroxide may bleach coloured materials and your hair, so keep it away from both.
Do not share your medication with anybody else. If your skin problem worsens or does not improve, let your doctor know.
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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