Treating severe acne. It may be used with other acne medications.
Benzoyl Peroxide/Erythromycin Gel is a combination macrolide antibiotic and keratolytic (drying) agent with antibacterial actions. The effectiveness of benzoyl peroxide appears to be due to its antibacterial, peeling (keratolytic), and drying actions. How topical erythromycin treats acne is not fully known. It is thought that the improvement in acne is due to the ability of topically applied erythromycin to slow the growth on the skin of bacteria that cause the acne.
Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.
Some medical conditions may interact with Benzoyl Peroxide/Erythromycin Gel. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:
Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Benzoyl Peroxide/Erythromycin Gel. Because little, if any, of Benzoyl Peroxide/Erythromycin Gel is absorbed into the blood, the risk of it interacting with another medicine is low.
Ask your health care provider if Benzoyl Peroxide/Erythromycin Gel 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.
Use Benzoyl Peroxide/Erythromycin Gel as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.
Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Benzoyl Peroxide/Erythromycin Gel.
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; hives; irritation; itching; peeling; redness; stinging; swelling of the skin.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, redness, or tenderness of the skin; extreme dryness; severe irritation; sloughing of the skin; swelling of the treated areas.
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.
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, and swelling of the skin.Proper storage of Benzoyl Peroxide/Erythromycin Gel:
Storage of Pak: Store Benzoyl Peroxide/Erythromycin Gel at room temperature at 68 to 77 degrees F (20 to 25 degrees C). Store in a tightly closed container after it has been mixed. Do not freeze. Discard unused medicine after 3 months. Keep Benzoyl Peroxide/Erythromycin Gel out of the reach of children and away from pets.
Storage of Jar: Store Benzoyl Peroxide/Erythromycin Gel in the refrigerator at 36 to 46 degrees F (2 to 8 degrees C). Store in a tightly closed container after it has been mixed. Do not freeze. Discard unused medicine after 3 months. Keep Benzoyl Peroxide/Erythromycin Gel out of the reach of children and away from pets.
This information is a summary only. It does not contain all information about Benzoyl Peroxide/Erythromycin Gel. 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.