benzoyl peroxide topical (cont.)
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What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before using benzoyl peroxide topical?
Do not use benzoyl peroxide topical while you are also using tretinoin (Altinac, Avita, Renova, Retin-A, Tretin-X). Using these medications together could cause severe skin irritation.
FDA pregnancy category C. It is not known whether benzoyl peroxide topical will harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant while using this medication.
It is not known whether benzoyl peroxide passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.
How should I use benzoyl peroxide topical?
Use exactly as directed on the label, or as prescribed by your doctor. Do not use in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended.
Wash your hands before and after applying this medication.
Shake the lotion well just before each use.
Clean and pat dry the skin to be treated. Apply benzoyl peroxide in a thin layer and rub in gently.
Do not cover the treated skin area unless your doctor has told you to.
Benzoyl peroxide topical is usually applied one to three times daily. Follow your doctor's instructions.
Benzoyl peroxide may bleach hair or fabrics. Avoid allowing this medication to come into contact with your hair or clothing.
It may take several weeks before your symptoms improve. Keep using the medication as directed and tell your doctor if your symptoms do not improve.
Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat.
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