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,
* possible edema, and
* allergic contact sensitization/dermatitis.
Warnings and precautions before taking Benzoyl Peroxide :
* 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 Benzoyl Peroxide 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 …