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Brand Names: Zoderm

Generic Name: benzoyl peroxide and urea topical (Pronunciation: BEN zoe ill per OX ide and you REE ah)

What is benzoyl peroxide and urea topical (Zoderm)?

Benzoyl peroxide has an antibacterial effect. It also has a mild drying effect, which allows excess oils and dirt to be easily washed away.

Urea is an emollient (skin softening agent). Urea helps to moisturize the skin.

Benzoyl peroxide and urea topical is used to treat acne.

Benzoyl peroxide and urea topical may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this medication guide.

What are the possible side effects of benzoyl peroxide and urea topical (Zoderm)?

Serious side effects are not likely to occur. Stop using benzoyl peroxide and urea topical and seek emergency medical attention if you experience a rare but serious allergic reaction (shortness of breath; closing of the throat; swelling of the lips, face, or tongue; or hives).

Some skin burning, stinging, tingling, itching, redness, dryness, peeling, or irritation of the treated area may be experienced while using benzoyl peroxide and urea topical. Contact your doctor if these side effects are excessive. Less frequent application of benzoyl peroxide and urea topical may be necessary.

Side effects other than those listed here may also occur. Talk to your doctor about any side effect that seems unusual or that is especially bothersome. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

What is the most important information I should know about benzoyl peroxide and urea topical (Zoderm)?

When applying benzoyl peroxide and urea topical, avoid the eyes, the inside of the nose and mouth, the lips, and areas of broken skin to prevent excessive irritation. If you get medication on any of these areas, rinse it off with water.

Do not use benzoyl peroxide and urea topical on sunburned, windburned, dry, chapped, or irritated skin. It could make these conditions worse. Also avoid using benzoyl peroxide and urea topical on wounds or on areas of eczema. Wait until these conditions have healed before using this medication.

Benzoyl peroxide and urea topical may increase the sensitivity of the skin to sunlight. Avoid prolonged exposure to sunlight or artificial UV light (e.g., sunlamps). Use a sunscreen on treated areas while using benzoyl peroxide and urea topical.

Avoid combining sunscreen containing PABA and benzoyl peroxide. Temporary skin discoloration may occur if they are used together.

Avoid contact with clothing and hair. Benzoyl peroxide and urea topical may cause bleaching.



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