Benzoyl Peroxide Medicine Information


by cure on January 25, 2010

How to Take Benzoyl Peroxide

Take Benzoyl Peroxide exactly as prescribed by health care provider. Benzoyl Peroxide is generally available in market in the form of Capsules 100 mg, Capsules 200 mg. Cream, gel, or lotion is usually applied to affected area(s) qd or bid. Thoroughly wash and pat area(s) to be treated dry, then apply a thin film of cream, gel, or lotion to cover skin areas with acne lesions. Avoid contact with eyes, eyelids, lips, and mucus membranes. Cleanser is usually used qd or bid. Wet skin area(s) to be treated prior to use of cleanser.

Dosage Instructions for Benzoyl Peroxide Drug

Treatment of mild to moderate acne vulgaris and as an adjunct to antibiotics, retinoic acid, and sulfur or salicylic acid-containing products in treating more severe cases of acne.

What are the Side Effects of Benzoyl Peroxide

Like other medicines, Benzoyl Peroxide can cause side effects. Some of the more common side effects of Benzoyl Peroxide include:

* Excessive drying, manifested by marked peeling,

* erythema,

* possible edema, and

* allergic contact sensitization/dermatitis.

Warnings and precautions before taking BP :

* Advise patient before using Benzoyl Peroxide that medication is applied topically to skin lesions qd or bid.

* Teach patient with acne proper technique for applying cream, gel, or lotion: wash hands; thoroughly wash and pat dry area(s) to be treated then apply a thin film of cream, gel, or lotion to cover skin areas with acne lesions. Wash hands after applying medication.

* Caution patient before using Benzoyl Peroxide to avoid contact of medication with hair or colored fabrics because bleaching may occur.

* Instruct patient before using BP to avoid concurrent use of topical alcoholic cleansers, tinctures, astringents, abrasives, and peeling agents unless advised by health care provider.

* Caution patient not to cover treated areas with bandages or dressings.

* Warn patient that applying medication more often than prescribed or in excessive quantities will not produce more rapid improvement or better results but will result in greater side effects such as redness, scaling, and discomfort.

* Advise patient if an application is missed, not to try to make it up but to return to normal application schedule as soon as possible.

* Warn patient to avoid contact with the eyes, eyelids, lips, and mucous membranes.

* Advise patient if cream or gel comes in contact with the eyes to wash eyes with large amounts of cool water and to contact health care provider if eye irritation persists.

* Advise patient before using Benzoyl Peroxide that local stinging, burning, tingling, dryness, and redness are the most common side effects and to notify health care provider if they become bothersome.

* Advise patient before using Benzoyl Peroxide if severe skin reactions occur to stop using the medication and contact health care provider.

* Warn patient to avoid unnecessary exposure to sun and sun lamps while using this medication. Advise patient to use sunscreens and protective clothing over treated areas when exposure cannot be avoided.

* Advise patient before using Benzoyl Peroxide to talk to health care provider before using any other topical agents (eg, medicated soaps, astringents, cosmetics, or other acne products) on treated skin.

* Advise women before using Benzoyl Peroxide to notify health care provider if pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or breastfeeding.

* Warn patient not to take any prescription or OTC (over the counter) drugs or dietary supplements without consulting health care provider.

* Advise patient before using Benzoyl Peroxide that follow-up visits to examine the skin lesions may be necessary and to keep appointments.

* Caution patient before using Benzoyl Peroxide not to take any prescription or OTC medications, herbal preparations, or dietary supplements unless advised by health care provider.

What if you Overdose on Benzoyl Peroxide ?

If you think you or anyone else taken overdose of Benzoyl Peroxide, immediately telephone your doctor or contact your local or regional Poisons Information Centre Seek medical attention immediately. You may need urgent medical attention. Excessive scaling, erythema, edema are may be the overdose symptoms of Benzoyl Peroxide .

What if Missed Dose of Benzoyl Peroxide ?

If you miss a dose of Benzoyl Peroxide medicine and you remember within an hour or so, take the dose immediately. If you do not remember until later, skip the dose you missed and go back to your regular schedule. Do not double doses.

Storage Conditions for Benzoyl Peroxide:

Store Benzoyl Peroxide at controlled room temperature (59° to 86°F).

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Disclaimer: This article is only for informative purposes. It is not intended to be a medical advice and it is not a substitute for professional medical opinion. Please consult your doctor for your medical concerns. Please follow any tip given in this article only after consulting your doctor. The author is not liable for any outcome or damage resulting from information obtained from this article.

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Julie September 16, 2010 at 7:24 PM

I use benzoyl peroxide in conjunction with salicylic acid. They both work very well together and has made a huge difference in my face. However, acne cannot just be treated on the outside. If you suffer from acne, then you are likely toxic on the inside. A good, natural diet and drinking plenty of water makes all the difference in the world.

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Dr Senthil Kumar S February 2, 2011 at 7:13 AM

Nice and useful post thanks

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