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benzoyl peroxide and erythromycin topical (cont.)

What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before using benzoyl peroxide and erythromycin topical (Benzamycin)?

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

Do not use benzoyl peroxide and erythromycin topical during treatment with tretinoin (Retin-A). The combination could lead to severe skin irritation.

It is not known whether benzoyl peroxide and erythromycin topical will harm an unborn baby. Do not use this medication without first talking to your doctor if you are pregnant.

It is also not known whether benzoyl peroxide and erythromycin topical passes into breast milk. Do not use benzoyl peroxide and erythromycin topical without first talking to your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

How should I use benzoyl peroxide and erythromycin topical (Benzamycin)?

Use benzoyl peroxide and erythromycin topical exactly as directed by your doctor. If you do not understand these directions, ask your pharmacist, nurse, or doctor to explain them to you.

Wash your hands before and after applying this medication.

Clean and dry the area to which you will apply the medication. Benzoyl peroxide and erythromycin topical is usually applied twice daily in the morning and evening. Follow your doctor's directions.

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

Do not cover the affected area after applying benzoyl peroxide and erythromycin topical. Doing so could cause too much medicine to be absorbed by the body and could be harmful.

It may take several weeks or more to see the effects of this drug. Do not stop using benzoyl peroxide and erythromycin topical if you do not see results immediately.

Store benzoyl peroxide and erythromycin topical at room temperature away from moisture and heat.

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