Vanoxide-HC lotion

Generic Name: benzoyl peroxide/hydrocortisone (BEN-zoe-il per-OX-ide/hye-droe-KOR-ti-sone)
Brand Name: Vanoxide-HC

Vanoxide-HC lotion is used for:

Treating acne and oily skin.

Vanoxide-HC lotion is a kit containing an antibacterial/keratolytic agent and corticosteroid combination along with a cleanser. The effectiveness of benzoyl peroxide appears to be because of its antibacterial, peeling (keratolytic), and drying actions. The corticosteroid reduces inflammation in a way that is not fully understood.

Do NOT use Vanoxide-HC lotion if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in Vanoxide-HC lotion
  • you have a viral skin disease (eg, chickenpox, shingles)

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

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Before using Vanoxide-HC lotion:

Some medical conditions may interact with Vanoxide-HC lotion. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

  • if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
  • if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
  • if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
  • if you have any kind of skin infection, cuts, scrapes, or lessened blood flow to your skin
  • if you have had a recent vaccination, have measles or tuberculosis (TB), or have had a positive TB test
  • if you are taking prednisone or similar medicines

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Vanoxide-HC lotion. However, no specific interactions with Vanoxide-HC lotion are known at this time.

Ask your health care provider if Vanoxide-HC lotion may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.

How to use Vanoxide-HC lotion:

Use Vanoxide-HC lotion as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Before applying Vanoxide-HC lotion to the affected area, cleanse the skin with the cleansing lotion. Apply the cleanser to the skin and gently rub. The excess may be removed with a soft cloth or allowed to stay on the skin. When using with water, apply to the skin, moisten with warm water, and gently rub. Rinse with warm water and pat dry.
  • Shake Vanoxide-HC lotion well before each use.
  • Apply a thin film of medicine to the affected area. Gently rub the medicine in until it is evenly distributed.
  • Wash your hands after using Vanoxide-HC lotion.
  • If you miss a dose of Vanoxide-HC lotion, use it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not use 2 doses at once.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Vanoxide-HC lotion.

Important safety information:

  • Vanoxide-HC lotion is for external use only. Avoid contact with the eyes, nose, mouth, and other mucous membranes. If you get Vanoxide-HC lotion in your eyes, rinse them right away with cool tap water.
  • Avoid applying Vanoxide-HC lotion to raw or irritated skin, including sunburns, or to open wounds.
  • Several weeks may pass before you see improvement in your acne. Continue to use Vanoxide-HC lotion for the full time recommended by your doctor. If your acne does not improve or if it gets worse, check with your doctor.
  • Talk with your doctor before you use any other medicines, special cleansers, aftershave, or cosmetics on your skin.
  • Vanoxide-HC lotion may cause you to become sunburned more easily. Avoid the sun, sunlamps, or tanning booths until you know how you react to Vanoxide-HC lotion. Use a sunscreen or wear protective clothing if you must be outside for more than a short time.
  • Vanoxide-HC lotion may cause bleaching. Avoid contact with hair, fabrics, or carpeting.
  • Vanoxide-HC lotion should be used with extreme caution in CHILDREN younger than 12 years; safety and effectiveness in these children have not been confirmed.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using Vanoxide-HC lotion while you are pregnant. It is not known if Vanoxide-HC lotion is found in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you use Vanoxide-HC lotion, check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of Vanoxide-HC lotion:

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:

Dryness; mild irritation or stinging.

Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; dizziness; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); acne-like rash; burning, cracking, or itching of the skin; excessive hair growth; extreme dryness; inflamed hair follicles; inflammation around the mouth; irritation, redness, peeling, or tenderness not present before you began using Vanoxide-HC lotion; swelling; thinning, softening, or discoloration of the skin.

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. To report side effects to the appropriate agency, please read the Guide to Reporting Problems to FDA.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center, or emergency room immediately. Symptoms may include excessive scaling; redness; swelling.

Proper storage of Vanoxide-HC lotion:

Store Vanoxide-HC lotion at room temperature, between 68 and 77 degrees F (20 and 25 degrees C). Store in a tightly closed container. Throw away any unused medicine after 3 months. Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep Vanoxide-HC lotion out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about Vanoxide-HC lotion, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Vanoxide-HC lotion is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
  • If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.
  • Check with your pharmacist about how to dispose of unused medicine.

This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take Vanoxide-HC lotion or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. 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 Vanoxide-HC lotion. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to Vanoxide-HC lotion. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using Vanoxide-HC lotion.

Issue Date: April 2, 2014
Database Edition 14.2.1.001
Copyright © 2014 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc.

Disclaimer: This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take this medicine or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. 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 your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.

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