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Benzoyl Peroxide use while Breastfeeding

Drugs containing Benzoyl Peroxide: Epiduo, Benzaclin, Acne Treatment, Duac, Acanya, Benzamycin, Onexton, PanOxyl, Benzac, Zeroxin, Show all 131 »Panoxyl 5, Peroxin A, Oxy-10, Benzagel, Panoxyl 10, BenzePro, Benzac AC, Peroderm 7 Wash, Lavoclen-4, Triaz, BP Wash, Inova, Benprox, Zacare, Pacnex MX Wash, Inova 8/2, Peroderm, Pacnex HP, Neuac, Z-Clinz 10, Benzamycin Pak, Sulfoxyl Regular, Acne-Clear, Neutrogena On Spot Acne Treatment, Brevoxyl, Oscion, Loroxide, BenzEFoam, Acetoxyl, Pacnex, Clearskin, Lavoclen-4 Creamy Wash, Delos, Brevoxyl-8, Benzac AC Wash, Dermisa Acne Treatment, Oxy Spot Treatment, Brevoxyl-4, BP Cleansing Lotion, ZoDerm, Binora, BenzEFoam Ultra, Oxy Daily Wash Chill Factor, Lavoclen-8 Creamy Wash, NeoBenz Micro, EthexDERM BPW, Benziq Wash, Panoxyl Aqua Gel, Oscion Cleanser, BPO Gel, Brevoxyl Acne Wash Kit, NeoBenz Micro SD, Benzashave, RE Benzoyl Peroxide, Benziq, BenzaClin Carekit, Z-Clinz 5, Bencort, Vanoxide-HC, Cleanse & Treat, Cleanse & Treat Plus, Inova 4/1, BPS, Sulfoxyl Strong, BPO Foaming Cloths, SE BPO, BeyondClear, NeoBenz Micro Wash Plus Pack, ZoDerm Redi-Pads, NuOx, BPS Gel, Clearasil DailyClear Vanishing Acne Treatment Cream, Fostex Bar 10%, Benzac W, Panoxyl AQ 5, Desquam-E, Panoxyl AQ 2.5, Desquam-X 10, PanOxyl Maximum Strength Foaming Acne Wash, Desquam-X 5, Panoxyl AQ 10, Clearplex, Lavoclen-8, Persa-Gel W, Persa-Gel, BPO 3 Foaming Cloths, BPO, Benzagel-5, Benzagel-10, Oxy Daily Wash, Breze, Acnomel BP 5, SoluCLENZ Rx, NeoBenz Micro Cream Plus Pack, Fostex BPO, Alquam-X Acne Therapy Gel, Peroxin A 10, Desquam-X Wash, Brevoxyl Creamy Wash, Seba-Gel, BPO 9 Foaming Cloths, Oxy Vanishing Gel, Clinac BPO, Benzagel Wash, Oxy Balance, Zaclir, Oxy 10 Balance, Ethexderm, BPO 6 Foaming Cloths, Vanoxide, OC8, Del-Aqua, Ben-Aqua, Benoxyl 5, Acne-10, Benoxyl 10, Clear By Design, Fostex Wash 10%, Fostex Gel 10%, Neutrogena Acne Mask, Benziq LS

Benzoyl Peroxide Levels and Effects while Breastfeeding

Summary of Use during Lactation

Topical benzoyl peroxide has not been studied during breastfeeding. Because only about 5% is absorbed following topical application, it is considered a low risk to the nursing infant.[1][2] Ensure that the infant's skin does not come into direct contact with the areas of skin that have been treated. Only water-miscible cream or gel products should be applied to the breast because ointments may expose the infant to high levels of mineral paraffins via licking.[3]

Drug Levels

Maternal Levels. Relevant published information was not found as of the revision date.

Infant Levels. Relevant published information was not found as of the revision date.

Effects in Breastfed Infants

Relevant published information was not found as of the revision date.

Effects on Lactation and Breastmilk

Relevant published information was not found as of the revision date.

Alternate Drugs to Consider

(Acne) Azeleic Acid, Clindamycin, Erythromycin, Tretinoin

References

1. Leachman SA, Reed BR. The use of dermatologic drugs in pregnancy and lactation. Dermatol Clin. 2006;24:167-97. PMID: 16677965

2. Zip C. Common sense dermatological drug suggestions for women who are breast-feeding. Skin Therapy Lett. 2002;7:5-7. PMID: 12007012

3. Noti A, Grob K, Biedermann M et al. Exposure of babies to C(15)-C(45) mineral paraffins from human milk and breast salves. Regul Toxicol Pharmacol. 2003;38:317-25. PMID: 14623482

Benzoyl Peroxide Identification

Substance Name

Benzoyl Peroxide

CAS Registry Number

94-36-0

Drug Class

Dermatologic Agents

Peroxides

Administrative Information

LactMed Record Number

540

Last Revision Date

20130907

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