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Benzoyl Peroxide use while Breastfeeding

Drugs containing Benzoyl Peroxide: Epiduo, Benzaclin, Onexton, Benzamycin, Acne Treatment, Duac, Acanya, Benzac AC, Oxy-10, Peroxin A, Show all 133 »Benzac, PanOxyl, Zeroxin, Panoxyl 5, BenzEFoam, Peroderm, Clearplex, Benzagel, Brevoxyl-4, Brevoxyl, Benzac AC Wash, BPO Foaming Cloths, NeoBenz Micro Wash Plus Pack, Z-Clinz 5, BP Cleansing Lotion, Acne-Clear, Peroxin A 10, Inova, BP Wash, Acetoxyl, Oxy Daily Wash, Neutrogena On Spot Acne Treatment, Benzamycin Pak, Triaz, Brevoxyl Creamy Wash, Oxy Daily Wash Chill Factor, BPO Gel, Oxy Spot Treatment, Dermisa Acne Treatment, BenzEFoam Ultra, Binora, Brevoxyl-8, Benziq LS, EthexDERM BPW, NeoBenz Micro, Benziq Wash, Benziq, Oxy Balance, Clearasil DailyClear Vanishing Acne Treatment Cream, Panoxyl Aqua Gel, Oscion Cleanser, Lavoclen-4 Creamy Wash, Lavoclen-8 Creamy Wash, Oscion, Brevoxyl Acne Wash Kit, NeoBenz Micro SD, Benzashave, Cleanse & Treat, BPS, Zacare, Inova 8/2, Inova 4/1, Sulfoxyl Regular, Sulfoxyl Strong, ZoDerm, ZoDerm Redi-Pads, BPS Gel, NuOx, BeyondClear, Zaclir, Neuac, Pacnex MX Wash, Pacnex HP, SE BPO, Z-Clinz 10, BenzaClin Carekit, Cleanse & Treat Plus, Vanoxide-HC, Bencort, RE Benzoyl Peroxide, Fostex Bar 10%, Persa-Gel, Desquam-X 10, Delos, BPO 3 Foaming Cloths, Benprox, Panoxyl AQ 2.5, Desquam-E, Desquam-X 5, Lavoclen-4, PanOxyl Maximum Strength Foaming Acne Wash, Panoxyl AQ 5, Benzac W, Peroderm 7 Wash, SoluCLENZ Rx, BPO, Breze, Benzagel-5, Benzagel-10, Epiduo Forte, Acnomel BP 5, Alquam-X Acne Therapy Gel, Clearskin, NeoBenz Micro Cream Plus Pack, Fostex BPO, Pacnex, Persa-Gel W, Lavoclen-8, Vanoxide, BPO 6 Foaming Cloths, Loroxide, Clear By Design, Fostex Wash 10%, Oxy Vanishing Gel, BPO 9 Foaming Cloths, Ethexderm, Benzagel Wash, Clinac BPO, Seba-Gel, Fostex Gel 10%, Neutrogena Acne Mask, BenzePro, Desquam-X Wash, Panoxyl AQ 10, Panoxyl 10, Riax, Benoxyl 5, Ben-Aqua, Benoxyl 10, Acne-10, OC8, Del-Aqua, Oxy 10 Balance

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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