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Benzoyl Peroxide - Indications, Dosage, Side Effects and Precautions

Written & Compiled by Anushta Chandrapalan, M.Sc  | Medically Reviewed by The Medindia Medical Review Team
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General Information on Benzoyl Peroxide

Generic Name : Benzoyl Peroxide
Pronunciation : BEN-Zoh-illper-ox-ide
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, warnings and its storage instructions . Also listed are the International and Indian trade name(s) of the drug and its price list.
Therapeutic Classification : Keratolytic Agents
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Trade Names/Brand Names of Benzoyl Peroxide

India : 

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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, Brev Read more..
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Why is Benzoyl Peroxide Prescribed? (Indications)

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.

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When should Benzoyl Peroxide not be taken? (Contraindications)

Hypersensitivity.

What is the dosage of Benzoyl Peroxide?

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

How should Benzoyl Peroxide be taken?

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

What are the warnings and precautions for Benzoyl Peroxide?

• 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.

What are the side effects of Benzoyl Peroxide?

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

What are the other precautions for Benzoyl Peroxide?

Extreme caution needed in children.

What are the storage conditions for Benzoyl Peroxide?

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

Last Updated : Jun 2018



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