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Benzoyl Peroxide (BEN zoe il peer OKS ide)

Pediatric Medication

Brand Names: U.S.

Acne Medication 10 [OTC]; Acne Medication 5 [OTC]; Acne Medication [OTC]; Acne-Clear [OTC]; Benzac AC Wash; Benzac W Wash; BenzEFoam; BenzEFoamUltra; BenzePrO; BenzePrO Short Contact; Benziq; Benziq LS; Benziq Wash; Benzoyl Peroxide Cleanser [OTC]; Benzoyl Peroxide Wash; Benzoyl Peroxide Wash [OTC]; BP Cleansing [OTC]; BP Foam; BP Gel [OTC]; BP Wash; BP Wash [OTC]; BPO; BPO Creamy Wash; BPO Creamy Wash [OTC]; BPO Foaming Cloths; BPO-10 Wash [OTC]; BPO-5 Wash [OTC]; Clearplex V [OTC]; Clearplex X; Clearskin [OTC]; Desquam-X Wash [OTC]; Inova; Lavoclen-4 Acne Wash; Lavoclen-4 Creamy Wash; Lavoclen-8 Acne Wash; Lavoclen-8 Creamy Wash; Neutrogena Clear Pore [OTC]; OC8 [OTC]; Oscion Cleanser; PanOxyl Wash [OTC]; PanOxyl [OTC]; PanOxyl-4 Creamy Wash [OTC]; PanOxyl-8 Creamy Wash [OTC]; PR Benzoyl Peroxide Wash; Riax; SE BPO Wash; Zaclir Cleansing

Brand Names: Canada

Acetoxyl®; Benoxyl®; Benzac AC®; Benzac W® Gel; Benzac W® Wash; Desquam-X®; Oxyderm™; PanOxyl®; Solugel®

What is this drug used for?

  • It is used to treat pimples (acne).

Is it safe for my child to take this drug?

  • Not if your child has an allergy to benzoyl peroxide or any other part of this drug.
  • Be sure to let the doctor know if your child has any allergies or side effects to drugs, foods, or dyes. Make sure to tell about the allergy and what signs your child had. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.

What are some things I need to know or do while my child takes this drug?

  • Tell dentists, surgeons, and other doctors that your child is using this drug.
  • Certain acne products that contain benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid can rarely cause very bad and sometimes life-threatening allergic reactions or very bad irritation. Before first use, you may need to follow certain steps to make sure your child does not have an allergic reaction. Put on this drug as you were told by the doctor or read the package label. Talk with the doctor.
  • Keep a list of all your child’s drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your child’s doctor.
  • Check all drugs your child is taking with your child’s doctor. This drug may not mix well with some other drugs.
  • Use of other skin products may cause more irritation.
  • Your child may get sunburned more easily. Avoid lots of sun, sunlamps, and tanning beds. Use sunscreen and dress your child in clothing and eyewear that protects him/her from the sun.
  • Use care when putting on. It may bleach hair or colored fabric.
  • If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.

What are some side effects that I need to call my child’s doctor about right away?

  • If any of this news causes you to be worried, any of the unwanted side effects happen, or if your child is not better after taking this drug.
  • If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.
  • If your child shows signs of a very bad reaction, call your child’s doctor or the ER right away. These include wheezing; chest tightness; fever; itching; bad cough; blue skin color; seizures; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or if your child is not acting normal.
  • If your child has very bad skin irritation.
  • If your child gets a rash.
  • If your child’s health problem does not get better or if you think your child’s health problem is worse.

What are some other side effects of this drug?

  • Dry skin.
  • Skin irritation.
  • Itching.
  • Change in color of skin.

How is this drug best given?

Give this drug as ordered by your child’s doctor. Read and follow the dosing on the label closely.
  • Do not give by mouth. Use on your child’s skin only. Keep out of your child’s mouth, nose, and eyes (may burn).
  • Wash your hands before and after use.
  • Wash your child’s affected skin, then pat dry.
  • Shake foam and lotion well before use.
  • Put a thin layer on the affected part and rub in gently.


  • Wash and rinse your child’s affected skin with warm water, then pat dry.

What do I do if my child misses a dose?

  • Put on a missed dose as soon as you think about it.
  • If it is close to the time for your child’s next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your child’s normal time.
  • Do not put on 2 doses or extra doses.
  • Do not change the dose or stop your child’s drug. Talk with your child’s doctor.

How do I store and/or throw out this drug?

  • Store at room temperature. Do not freeze.

General drug facts

  • If your child’s symptoms or health problems do not get better or if they become worse, call your child’s doctor.
  • Do not share your child’s drug with others and do not give anyone else’s drug to your child.
  • Keep a list of all your child’s drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your child’s doctor.
  • Talk with your child’s doctor before giving your child any new drug, including prescription or OTC, natural products, or vitamins.
  • Some drugs may have another patient information leaflet. If you have any questions about this drug, please talk with your child’s doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.

Consumer Information Use and Disclaimer

This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take this medicine or any other medicine. Only the healthcare provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for a specific patient. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about this medicine. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to this medicine. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from the healthcare provider. You must talk with the healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.


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