ZoDerm cleanser

Generic Name: benzoyl peroxide/urea (BEN-zoe-ill per-OX-ide/yoo-REE-ah)
Brand Name: ZoDerm

ZoDerm cleanser is used for:

Treating acne.

ZoDerm cleanser is a keratolytic agent with antibacterial actions. The effectiveness of benzoyl peroxide appears to be due to its antibacterial, peeling (keratolytic), and drying actions.

Do NOT use ZoDerm cleanser if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in ZoDerm cleanser

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

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Before using ZoDerm cleanser:

Some medical conditions may interact with ZoDerm cleanser. 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

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with ZoDerm cleanser. Because little, if any, of ZoDerm cleanser is absorbed into the blood, the risk of it interacting with another medicine is low.

Ask your health care provider if ZoDerm cleanser 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 ZoDerm cleanser:

Use ZoDerm cleanser as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Wash your hands immediately after using ZoDerm cleanser.
  • Contact your doctor if the affected area becomes too dry or if excessive irritation develops. You may need to use less medicine or apply the medicine less often.
  • Several weeks may pass before you see improvement in your acne. Continue to use ZoDerm cleanser for the full time recommended by your doctor. If your acne does not improve or if it gets worse, check with your doctor.
  • If you miss a dose of ZoDerm cleanser, 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 ZoDerm cleanser.

Important safety information:

  • Use on the skin only. Avoid getting ZoDerm cleanser in your eyes, on the inside of your nose or mouth, on highly inflamed or damaged skin, or on your lips. If you get ZoDerm cleanser in your eyes, immediately wash them out with cool tap water.
  • Avoid applying ZoDerm cleanser 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 ZoDerm cleanser 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.
  • ZoDerm cleanser may cause you to become sunburned more easily. Avoid the sun, sunlamps, or tanning booths until you know how you react to ZoDerm cleanser. Use a sunscreen or wear protective clothing if you must be outside for more than a short time.
  • ZoDerm cleanser may cause bleaching. Avoid contact with hair, fabrics, or carpeting.
  • ZoDerm cleanser should be used with extreme caution in CHILDREN; safety and effectiveness in 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 ZoDerm cleanser while you are pregnant. It is not known if ZoDerm cleanser is found in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you use ZoDerm cleanser, check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of ZoDerm cleanser:

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; feeling of warmth; irritation; itching; peeling; redness; 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); excessive burning, itching, irritation, peeling, redness, or tenderness of your skin; extreme dryness; swelling.

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; flushing; redness; swelling.

Proper storage of ZoDerm cleanser:

Store at room temperature, between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C). Store in a tightly closed container, away from fire, flame, heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep ZoDerm cleanser out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about ZoDerm cleanser, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • ZoDerm cleanser 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 ZoDerm cleanser 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 ZoDerm cleanser. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to ZoDerm cleanser. 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 ZoDerm cleanser.

Issue Date: July 2, 2014
Database Edition 14.3.1.001
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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