benzoyl peroxide and sulfur topical

Generic Name: benzoyl peroxide and sulfur topical (BEN zoe ill per OX ide and SULL fur)
Brand Name: NuOx, Sulfoxyl Regular, Sulfoxyl Strong, BPS

What is benzoyl peroxide and sulfur topical?

Benzoyl peroxide reduces bacteria and has a mild drying effect that decreases oiliness of the skin.

Sulfur causes drying and peeling of the skin.

Benzoyl peroxide and sulfur topical (for the skin) is a combination medicine used to treat acne.

Benzoyl peroxide and sulfur topical may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

What is the most important information I should know about benzoyl peroxide and sulfur topical?

Follow all directions on your medicine label and package. Tell each of your healthcare providers about all your medical conditions, allergies, and all medicines you use.

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Who should not use benzoyl peroxide and sulfur topical?

You should not use benzoyl peroxide and sulfur topical if you are allergic to it.

Do not use benzoyl peroxide and sulfur topical during treatment with tretinoin (Retin-A). The combination could lead to severe skin irritation.

It is not known whether benzoyl peroxide and sulfur topical will harm an unborn baby. Do not use this medication without first talking to your doctor if you are pregnant.

It is also not known whether benzoyl peroxide and sulfur topical passes into breast milk. Do not use benzoyl peroxide and sulfur topical without first talking to your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

How should I use benzoyl peroxide and sulfur topical?

Follow all directions on your prescription label. Do not use this medicine in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended.

Do not use this medicine on sunburned, windburned, dry, chapped, or irritated skin. It could make these conditions much worse.

Wash your hands before and after applying this medication.

Clean and dry the skin before you apply the medicine.

Do not cover the treated skin area unless your doctor tells you to.

It may take up to several weeks before your symptoms improve. Keep using the medication as directed and tell your doctor if your symptoms do not improve.

Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat. Keep the bottle tightly closed when not in use.

What happens if I miss a dose?

Apply the missed dose as soon as you remember. Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. Do not use extra medicine to make up the missed dose.

What happens if I overdose?

An overdose of benzoyl peroxide and sulfur topical is not expected to be dangerous. Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222 if anyone has accidentally swallowed the medication.

What should I avoid while using benzoyl peroxide and sulfur topical?

Avoid getting this medication in your eyes, nose, or mouth. If this does happen, rinse with water.

Do not use this medicine on sunburned, windburned, dry, chapped, irritated, or broken skin. Also avoid using benzoyl peroxide and sulfur topical in wounds or on areas of eczema. Wait until these conditions have healed before using this medication.

Avoid using other medications on the areas you treat with benzoyl peroxide and sulfur topical unless your doctor tells you to.

Avoid using skin products that can cause irritation, such as harsh soaps, shampoos, or skin cleansers on the area you are treating. Avoid contact with clothing and hair. Benzoyl peroxide may cause bleaching.

Avoid combining PABA-containing sunscreens and benzoyl peroxide and sulfur topical. Temporary skin discoloration may occur if they are used together.

Benzoyl peroxide and sulfur topical side effects

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Stop using this medicine if it causes severe burning or excessive dryness or irritation.

Common side effects may include:

  • mild burning or stinging after applying the medicine; or

  • redness, dryness, or peeling of treated skin.

This list is not complete. Other drugs may interact with benzoyl peroxide and sulfur topical, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Not all possible interactions are listed in this medication guide.

See also: Side effects (in more detail)

Benzoyl peroxide and sulfur topical dosing information

Usual Adult Dose for Acne:

Apply to affected areas once daily for the first week, and twice daily thereafter. The skin should be gently washed, rinsed with warm water, and patted dry before application.

Maximum reduction of lesions generally occurs after 8 to 12 weeks of therapy.

Usual Pediatric Dose for Acne:

>12 years: Apply to affected areas once daily for the first week, and twice daily thereafter. The skin should be gently washed, rinsed with warm water, and patted dry before application.

Maximum reduction of lesions generally occurs after 8 to 12 weeks of therapy.

What other drugs will affect benzoyl peroxide and sulfur topical?

It is not likely that other drugs you take orally or inject will have an effect on topically applied benzoyl peroxide and sulfur topical. But many drugs can interact with each other. Tell each of your health care providers about all medicines you use, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.

Where can I get more information?

  • Your pharmacist can provide more information about benzoyl peroxide and sulfur topical.
  • Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.
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