Benzoyl Peroxide - Drug Information

Generic Name : Benzoyl Peroxide | Pronunciation : BEN-Zoh-illper-ox-ide
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Latest prescription information about Benzoyl Peroxide. Learn how to pronounce the drug's name, its indications, dosage, how to take, when to take, when not to take, side effects, special precautions, its storage instructions and warnings if any when taken during pregnancy. Also listed are the International and Indian trade name(s) of the drug and its price list.
Therapeutic Classification : Keratolytic Agents
Drug Information

Trade Name(s): 

India : 


International : 

Brevoxyl, Triaz, Acne-Clear, Benzac Ac, Benzac W, Benzagel-5, Benzashave 10, Benzashave 5, Benziq, Benziq Ls, Benziq Wash, Brevoxyl, Brevoxyl Acne Wash Kit, Brevoxyl-4 Creamy Wash Complete Pack, Brevoxyl-8 Creamy Wash Complete Pack, Breze, Clearplex, Clearskin, Clinac Bpo, Desquam-E, Desquam-X 10, Desquam-X 5, Desquam-X Wash, Fostex Bar 10%, Fostex Gel 10%, Fostex Wash 10%, Inova, Lavoclen-4, Lavoclen-4 Creamy Wash, Lavoclen-8, Lavoclen-8 Creamy Wash, Loroxide, Neobenz Micro, Neobenz Micro Sd, Neobenz Micro Wash, Neobenz Micro Wash Plus Pack, Neutrogena Acne Mask, Neutrogena On Spot Acne Treatment, Oscion, Oscion Cleanser, Oxy 10 Balance, Oxy Balance, Oxy Daily Wash Chill Factor, Oxy-10, Pacnex, Panoxyl 10, Panoxyl 5, Panoxyl Aqua Gel, Panoxyl Maximum Strength Foaming Acne Wash, Persa-Gel, Seba-Gel, Soluclenz Rx, Triaz, Triaz Cleanser, Zaclir

Why it is prescribed : 

This medication is a keratolytic agent with antibacterial actions, prescribed for acne.  It allows excess oils and dirt to be easily washed away from the skin.

When it is not to be taken (Contraindications): 


Pregnancy Category :






Category C :

Animal studies have shown adverse effects on the fetus and there are no appropriate studies in pregnant women, but potential benefits may allow the use of the drug in pregnant women despite the potential for risks.

Dosage & When it is to be taken (Indications): 

As 2.5-10% cream: Apply 1-2 times/day to the affected areas.

How it should be taken : 

It comes as gel to apply topically as directed by your physician.

Warnings and Precautions : 

Caution needed for pregnant and breastfeeding women.
Avoid contact with eyes and mucous membranes.
Avoid applying this medication into irritated skin, including sunburns, or to open wounds.
Avoid exposure to sunlight.

Side Effects : 

Dryness, feeling of warmth, irritation, itching, peeling, redness, stinging and swelling of the skin.

Other Precautions : 

Extreme caution needed in children.

Storage Conditions : 

Store it at room temperature and keep away from light and moisture.


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