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Benzoyl Peroxide Wash and Cleansing Bar
Benzoyl Peroxide Wash and Cleansing Bar


Benzoyl Peroxide Wash and Cleansing Bar

Generic Name: Benzoyl Peroxide (BEN-zoe-il per-OX-ide)Brand Name: Brevoxyl Creamy Wash Complete Pack

Benzoyl Peroxide Wash and Cleansing Bar is used for:

Treating acne.

Benzoyl Peroxide Wash and Cleansing Bar is a keratolytic agent with antibacterial actions. The effectiveness of benzoyl peroxide appears to be due to its antibacterial, peeling (keratolytic), and drying actions.

Do NOT use Benzoyl Peroxide Wash and Cleansing Bar if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in Benzoyl Peroxide Wash and Cleansing Bar

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

Before using Benzoyl Peroxide Wash and Cleansing Bar:

Some medical conditions may interact with Benzoyl Peroxide Wash and Cleansing Bar. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

  • if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
  • if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
  • if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Benzoyl Peroxide Wash and Cleansing Bar. However, no specific interactions with Benzoyl Peroxide Wash and Cleansing Bar are known at this time.

Ask your health care provider if Benzoyl Peroxide Wash and Cleansing Bar may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.

How to use Benzoyl Peroxide Wash and Cleansing Bar:

Use Benzoyl Peroxide Wash and Cleansing Bar as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • To use the wash: Shake well before each use.
  • Wet the affected area. Use your hands to apply the medicine and gently wash the affected area. Rinse with water and pat dry.
  • To use the bar: Wash the affected area with warm water as directed for 1 to 2 minutes. Rinse well, then pat dry with a clean towel.
  • Wash your hands immediately after using Benzoyl Peroxide Wash and Cleansing Bar.
  • If you miss a dose of Benzoyl Peroxide Wash and Cleansing Bar, use it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not use 2 doses at once.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Benzoyl Peroxide Wash and Cleansing Bar.

Important safety information:

  • Use on the skin only. Avoid getting Benzoyl Peroxide Wash and Cleansing Bar in your eyes, eyelids, on the inside of your nose or mouth, on highly inflamed or damaged skin, or on your lips. If you get Benzoyl Peroxide Wash and Cleansing Bar in your eyes, immediately wash them out with cool tap water.
  • Avoid applying Benzoyl Peroxide Wash and Cleansing Bar to raw or irritated skin, including sunburns, or to open wounds.
  • Several weeks may pass before you see improvement in your acne. Continue to use Benzoyl Peroxide Wash and Cleansing Bar for the full time recommended by your doctor. If your acne does not improve or if it gets worse, check with your doctor.
  • Talk with your doctor before you use any other medicines, special cleansers, aftershave, or cosmetics on your skin.
  • Benzoyl Peroxide Wash and Cleansing Bar may cause you to become sunburned more easily. Avoid the sun, sunlamps, or tanning booths until you know how you react to Benzoyl Peroxide Wash and Cleansing Bar. Use a sunscreen or wear protective clothing if you must be outside for more than a short time.
  • Benzoyl Peroxide Wash and Cleansing Bar may cause bleaching. Avoid contact with hair, fabrics, or carpeting.
  • Benzoyl Peroxide Wash and Cleansing Bar may cause harm if it is swallowed. If you may have taken it by mouth, contact your poison control center or emergency room right away.
  • Benzoyl Peroxide Wash and Cleansing Bar should be used with extreme caution in CHILDREN younger than 12 years old; safety and effectiveness in these children have not been confirmed.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: It is not known if Benzoyl Peroxide Wash and Cleansing Bar can cause harm to the fetus. If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using Benzoyl Peroxide Wash and Cleansing Bar while you are pregnant. It is not known if Benzoyl Peroxide Wash and Cleansing Bar is found in breast milk after topical use. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you use Benzoyl Peroxide Wash and Cleansing Bar, check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of Benzoyl Peroxide Wash and Cleansing Bar:

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:

Dryness; feeling of warmth; irritation; itching; peeling; redness; stinging.

Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; dizziness; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); excessive burning, itching, irritation, peeling, redness, or tenderness of your skin; extreme dryness; swelling.

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088. You may also report side effects at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center (http://www.aapcc.org), or emergency room immediately. Symptoms may include excessive scaling; flushing; redness; swelling.

Proper storage of Benzoyl Peroxide Wash and Cleansing Bar:

Store at room temperature, between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C). Store in a tightly closed container, away from fire, flame, heat, moisture, and light. Keep Benzoyl Peroxide Wash and Cleansing Bar out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about Benzoyl Peroxide Wash and Cleansing Bar, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Benzoyl Peroxide Wash and Cleansing Bar is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
  • If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.

This information is a summary only. It does not contain all information about Benzoyl Peroxide Wash and Cleansing Bar. If you have questions about the medicine you are taking or would like more information, check with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.

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