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Benzoyl Peroxide use while Breastfeeding

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

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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