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Brand Names: Benzamycin

Generic Name: benzoyl peroxide and erythromycin topical (Pronunciation: BEN zoe ill per OX ide and er ith roe MYE sin)

What is benzoyl peroxide and erythromycin topical (Benzamycin)?

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

Erythromycin is an antibiotic. Erythromycin topical prevents bacteria from growing on the skin.

Together, benzoyl peroxide and erythromycin are used to treat acne.

Benzoyl peroxide and erythromycin 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 erythromycin topical (Benzamycin)?

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

You may experience some skin burning, stinging, tingling, itching, redness, dryness, peeling, or irritation while using benzoyl peroxide topical. If these side effects are excessive, apply benzoyl peroxide and erythromycin topical less often.

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 erythromycin topical (Benzamycin)?

Do not use benzoyl peroxide and erythromycin topical on sunburned, windburned, dry, chapped, or irritated skin or on open wounds.

Avoid abrasive, harsh, or drying soaps and cleansers while using benzoyl peroxide and erythromycin topical.

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

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



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