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Benzoyl Peroxide Topical Lotion (BENZOYL PEROXIDE - TOPICAL)

Instructions

DO NOT take this medicine by mouth.

Shake the bottle well before using the medicine.

Clean and dry the area to be treated before applying the medicine.

Apply a thin layer to the affected area and rub it in.

Wash the area first. Apply the medicine to the skin and then allow to dry for a few minutes.

Follow the instructions on the package to use this medicine correctly.

Use medicine only on clean, intact, dry skin. Rub medication thoroughly into skin. Allow medicine to dry before it touches your clothing.

Place small amount of medicine on several areas of the skin and then rub gently to spread over entire area to be treated. If the medicine is still visible after spreading it, or skin becomes flaky soon after applying the medicine, you are using too much.

Do not apply heat to the areas where this medicine is used.

Store in original bottle, tightly closed and upright.

Do not cover the area after applying the medicine.

Keep the medicine at room temperature. Avoid heat and direct light.

Please ask your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist how to discard unused medicines safely.

This medicine should only be used on the skin.

Do not use any other acne medicines on your skin while using this medicine unless instructed by your doctor.

Avoid getting the medicine in the eyes, nose, or mouth. Wash the medicine off your fingers after applying it.

Gently rub the medicine into area until evenly spread.

This medicine may bleach fabric or hair.

Avoid prolonged or excessive sunlight exposure. Use sunscreen lotion with SPF 15 or higher.

Do not use on damaged or irritated skin, or skin that has not healed.

Wash your hands before and after handling this medicine.

Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth after handling the medicine.

If medicine gets in your eyes, rinse well with cool water.

Drug interactions can change how medicines work or increase risk for side effects. Tell your health care providers about all medicines taken. Include prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal medicines. Speak with your doctor or pharmacist before starting or stopping any medicine.

This medicine is available over-the-counter and does not require a prescription.

Do not freeze the medicine.

Do not take the medicine more than twice during 24 hours.

Generic Name: Benzoyl Peroxide

Cautions

Cautions

Tell your doctor and pharmacist if you ever had an allergic reaction to a medicine.

Do not use the medication any more than instructed.

It is unknown if this medicine passes into breast milk. Ask your doctor before breastfeeding.

During pregnancy, this medicine should be used only when clearly needed. Talk to your doctor about the risks and benefits.

Do not share this medicine with anyone who has not been prescribed this medicine.

You may need to increase the dose gradually to reduce the risk of side effects. Follow your doctor's instructions carefully.

Seek medical attention if you see any signs of a serious infection. These signs include pain, increasing redness or pus where this medicine is being used.

Side Effects

Side Effects

The following is a list of some common side effects from this medicine. Please speak with your doctor about what you should do if you experience these or other side effects.

  • burning or stinging
  • itching
  • change in skin color
  • flaking or peeling skin
  • skin irritation where medicine is applied
  • skin redness
  • increased risk of sunburn

Call your doctor or get medical help right away if you notice any of these more serious side effects:

  • swelling of the face, mouth, tongue or throat

A few people may have an allergic reaction to this medicine. Symptoms can include difficulty breathing, skin rash, itching, swelling, or severe dizziness. If you notice any of these symptoms, seek medical help quickly.

Please speak with your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist if you have any questions about this medicine.

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