Why is this medication prescribed?
Mild to moderate acne is treated with a medication called benzoyl peroxide.
How should this medicine be used?
For usage on the skin, benzoyl peroxide is offered as a liquid or bar cleanser, a lotion, a cream, and a gel. Typically, one or two times a day are utilized for benzoyl peroxide. To see how this drug affects your skin, start with once daily. Pay close attention to the instructions on the packaging or the label of your prescription, and ask your doctor or pharmacist to clarify any instructions you do not understand. Benzoyl peroxide should be used exactly as recommended. Never use more or less of it or more frequently than recommended by your doctor.
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 realize 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?
Side effects from benzoyl peroxide are possible. If any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away, let your doctor know right once:
- 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:
- Swelling, redness, blistering, or burning in the treated region
Stop using benzoyl peroxide and seek emergency medical attention if you suffer any of the following symptoms:
- 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 program online at http://www.fda.gov/Safety/MedWatch or by phone at 1-800-332-1088 if you have a serious side event.
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. Keep it at room temperature and out of the bathroom and other places with excessive heat and moisture.
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, utilizing a medicine take-back program is the easiest approach to get rid of your medication. To find out about take-back programs 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 program, 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 colored 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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