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Benzoyl Peroxide use while Breastfeeding

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

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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