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Brand Names: Cleanse & Treat, Inova 4/1, Inova 8/2

Generic Name: benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid topical (Pronunciation: BEN zoe il per OX ide and sal i SIL ik A sid)

What is benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid topical (Cleanse & Treat, Inova 4/1, Inova 8/2)?

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

Salicylic acid is a peeling agent that causes shedding of the outer layer of skin.

The combination of benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid is used to treat severe acne.

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

What are the possible side effects of benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid topical (Cleanse & Treat, Inova 4/1, Inova 8/2)?

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Stop using this medication and call your doctor at once if you have severe skin irritation.

Less serious side effects may include dry skin or mild irritation.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Tell your doctor about any unusual or bothersome side effect. 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 salicylic acid topical (Cleanse & Treat, Inova 4/1, Inova 8/2)?

Do not use this medication if you are allergic to benzoyl peroxide (Benzagel, Clear by Design, Fostex, Oxy-10, Panoxyl, and others) or to salicylic acid (aspirin, Compound W, Duofilm, Stri-Dex, and others).

This medication is not for use in treating mild forms of acne. The strength of benzoyl peroxide contained in this medication is higher than that used in many over-the-counter acne products. Severe skin irritation can result from improper use of this product.

Do not share this medication with anyone, even if they have the same symptoms you do.

Do not use this medication on anyone under 18 years old without the advice of a doctor.



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You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

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