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    What is Benzoyl Peroxide used for?

    Benzoyl Peroxide is an antibacterial gel used to treat mild-to-moderate acne. This medicine works by reducing the amount of bacteria that causes acne. This medicine may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.

    What is the recommended dosage of Benzoyl Peroxide?

    The dosage of Benzoyl Peroxide prescribed to each patient will vary. Always follow your physician’s instructions and/or the directions on the prescription drug label. The following dosage information includes the common dose of Benzoyl Peroxide. If your dose is different, do not follow the dosage described below unless your physician has approved.

    A small amount of Benzoyl Peroxide is usually applied one to three times daily onto the affected area. Wash the affected area before applying the medication.

    What if you miss a dose of Benzoyl Peroxide?

    If your physician has instructed or directed you to apply Benzoyl Peroxide medication in a regular schedule and you have missed a dose of this medicine, apply it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, then skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double the doses unless otherwise directed.

    What if you overdose on Benzoyl Peroxide?

    Any medication taken in excess can have serious consequences. If you suspect an overdose of Benzoyl Peroxide, seek medical attention immediately.

    What other drugs could interact with Benzoyl Peroxide?

    It may be noted that drugs other than those listed above may also interact with Benzoyl Peroxide.

    Usually drug interactions occur when it is taken with another drug or with food. Before you take a medication for a particular ailment, you should inform the health expert about intake of any other medications including non-prescription medications, over-the-counter medicines that may increase the effect of Benzoyl Peroxide, and dietary supplements like vitamins, minerals and herbal, so that the doctor can warn you of any possible drug interactions.

    Benzoyl Peroxide can interact with other skin products containing alcohol as well as sunscreen containing PABA.

    Do let your doctor know if you smoke, consume alcohol or caffeinated drinks, or use illegal drugs as these may interfere with the action of your medication. Make sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions you may have, or any family history of medical problems. Do not start or stop using any medicine without consulting your doctor.

    What are the side effects of Benzoyl Peroxide?

    Like other medicines, Benzoyl Peroxide can cause some side effects. If they do occur, the side effects of Benzoyl Peroxide are most likely to be minor and temporary. However, some may be serious and may require the individual to inform the doctor or visit the nearest hospital immediately.

    It is pertinent to note that side effects of Benzoyl Peroxide cannot be anticipated. If any side effects of Benzoyl Peroxide develop or change in intensity, the doctor should be informed as soon as possible.

    Benzoyl Peroxide can cause side effects such as stinging, burning, itching, dryness, peeling and redness. Some of the serious side effects of this drug are skin rash, painful irritation, blistering, and swelling. This is not a complete list of all side effects. Do concur with your doctor and follow his directions completely when you are taking Benzoyl Peroxide.

    What are the questions to ask your doctor before taking Benzoyl Peroxide?

    Is it possible for me to apply Benzoyl Peroxide with other drugs?
    Should certain beverages, foods and other products be avoided when I apply Benzoyl Peroxide?
    What are the possible drug interactions of Benzoyl Peroxide?
    How will Benzoyl Peroxide work in my body?
    How should Benzoyl Peroxide be applied?
    How to reduce the risk of Benzoyl Peroxide drug interactions and side effects?


    The health and medical information provided here is intended to supplement and not substitute for the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacists or other health care professional. Avoid getting Benzoyl Peroxide into your mouth or eyes. Do not use this medication on wounds as well as on sunburned skin. Before using this medication, inform your doctor if you have any allergies and if you are pregnant or breast-feeding. Avoid prolonged exposure to sun.


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