benzoyl peroxide and urea topical

Generic Name: benzoyl peroxide and urea topical (BEN zoe ill per OX ide and you REE ah)
Brand Name: ZoDerm, ZoDerm Redi-Pads, Peroderm

What is benzoyl peroxide and urea topical?

Benzoyl peroxide has an antibacterial effect. It also has a mild drying effect, which allows excess oils and dirt to be easily washed away.

Urea is an emollient (skin softening agent). Urea helps to moisturize the skin.

Benzoyl peroxide and urea topical is used to treat acne.

Benzoyl peroxide and urea topical may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this medication guide.

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

When applying benzoyl peroxide and urea topical, avoid the eyes, the inside of the nose and mouth, the lips, and areas of broken skin to prevent excessive irritation. If you get medication on any of these areas, rinse it off with water.

Do not use benzoyl peroxide and urea topical on sunburned, windburned, dry, chapped, or irritated skin. It could make these conditions worse. Also avoid using benzoyl peroxide and urea topical on wounds or on areas of eczema. Wait until these conditions have healed before using this medication.

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Benzoyl peroxide and urea topical may increase the sensitivity of the skin to sunlight. Avoid prolonged exposure to sunlight or artificial UV light (e.g., sunlamps). Use a sunscreen on treated areas while using benzoyl peroxide and urea topical.

Avoid combining sunscreen containing PABA and benzoyl peroxide. Temporary skin discoloration may occur if they are used together.

Avoid contact with clothing and hair. Benzoyl peroxide and urea topical may cause bleaching.

What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before using benzoyl peroxide and urea topical?

Do not use benzoyl peroxide and urea topical on sunburned, windburned, dry, chapped, or irritated skin. It could make these conditions worse. Also avoid using benzoyl peroxide and urea topical on wounds or on areas of eczema. Wait until these conditions have healed before using this medication.

Do not use benzoyl peroxide and urea topical during treatment with tretinoin (Altinac, Avita, Renova, Retin-A), except under the direction of your doctor. The combination could lead to severe skin irritation.

Benzoyl peroxide and urea topical is in the FDA pregnancy category C. This means that it is not known whether benzoyl peroxide and urea topical will be harmful to an unborn baby. Do not use this medication without first talking to your doctor if you are pregnant or could become pregnant during treatment.

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

How should I use benzoyl peroxide and urea topical?

Use benzoyl peroxide and urea topical exactly as directed by your doctor, or follow the instructions on the package. If you do not understand these directions, ask your pharmacist, nurse, or doctor to explain them to you.

To use the cleanser, wet the skin and apply the cleanser to the affected area. Massage the medication gently into the skin for 10-20 seconds, working into a full lather. Rinse thoroughly and pat dry.

Wash your hands before and after application of the cream or gel.

Before using the cream or gel, clean and dry the affected area using a mild cleanser and water. Apply the medication to the affected area.

When applying benzoyl peroxide and urea topical, avoid the eyes, the inside of the nose and mouth, the lips, and areas where the skin is broken to prevent excessive irritation. If you get medication on any of these areas, rinse it off with water.

Do not use benzoyl peroxide and urea topical on sunburned, windburned, dry, chapped, or irritated skin. It could make these conditions worse. Also avoid using benzoyl peroxide and urea topical on wounds or on areas of eczema. Wait until these conditions have healed before using this medication.

Do not cover the affected area after applying benzoyl peroxide and urea topical, unless otherwise directed by your doctor. Doing so could cause too much medicine to be absorbed by the body and could be harmful.

Benzoyl peroxide and urea topical is usually applied once or twice daily. Follow your doctor's instructions.

Contact your doctor if you experience excessive skin burning, dryness, or irritation. Less frequent administration of the medication may be necessary.

Avoid contact with clothing and hair. Benzoyl peroxide may cause bleaching.

It is important to use benzoyl peroxide and urea topical regularly to get the most benefit.

It may take several weeks or more to see the effects of this drug. Do not stop using benzoyl peroxide and urea topical if you do not see results immediately.

Store benzoyl peroxide and urea topical at room temperature away from moisture and heat.

What happens if I miss a dose?

Apply the missed dose as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for the next dose, skip the dose you missed and apply only the next regularly scheduled dose.

What happens if I overdose?

An overdose of benzoyl peroxide and urea topical is unlikely to threaten life. If an overdose is suspected, or if benzoyl peroxide and urea topical has been ingested, call a poison control center or emergency room for advice.

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

Do not use benzoyl peroxide and urea topical on sunburned, windburned, dry, chapped, or irritated skin. It could make these conditions worse. Also avoid using benzoyl peroxide and urea topical on wounds or on areas of eczema. Wait until these conditions have healed before using this medication.

Do not use other topical products on the same area at the same time unless directed to do so by your doctor. Other products may interfere with the effects or absorption of benzoyl peroxide and urea topical.

Do not cover the area after applying benzoyl peroxide and urea topical, unless otherwise directed by your doctor. Doing so could cause too much medicine to be absorbed by the body and could be harmful.

Avoid using harsh, abrasive, or irritating cleansers, perfumes, or cosmetics on the area being treated.

Avoid contact with clothing and hair. Benzoyl peroxide may cause bleaching.

Benzoyl peroxide and urea topical may increase the sensitivity of the skin to sunlight. Avoid prolonged exposure to sunlight or artificial UV light (e.g., sunlamps). Use a sunscreen on treated areas while using benzoyl peroxide and urea topical.

Avoid combining sunscreen containing PABA and benzoyl peroxide. Temporary skin discoloration may occur if they are used together.

Benzoyl peroxide and urea topical side effects

Serious side effects are not likely to occur. Stop using benzoyl peroxide and urea topical and seek emergency medical attention if you experience a rare but serious allergic reaction (shortness of breath; closing of the throat; swelling of the lips, face, or tongue; or hives).

Some skin burning, stinging, tingling, itching, redness, dryness, peeling, or irritation of the treated area may be experienced while using benzoyl peroxide and urea topical. Contact your doctor if these side effects are excessive. Less frequent application of benzoyl peroxide and urea topical may be necessary.

Side effects other than those listed here may also occur. Talk to your doctor about any side effect that seems unusual or that is especially bothersome. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

See also: Side effects (in more detail)

Benzoyl peroxide and urea topical Dosing Information

Usual Adult Dose for Acne:

Cream and gel: Apply to affected areas once or twice daily after washing with a mild cleanser and water.

Cleanser and pads: Apply to affected areas once or twice daily. Wet skin and apply to areas, massage gently into skin for 10 to 20 seconds and work into a lather, then rinse thoroughly and pat dry.

What other drugs will affect benzoyl peroxide and urea topical?

Do not use benzoyl peroxide and urea topical during treatment with tretinoin (Altinac, Avita, Renova, Retin-A), unless otherwise directed by your doctor. The combination could lead to severe skin irritation.

Do not use other topical products on the same area at the same time unless directed to do so by your doctor. Other products may interfere with the effects or absorption of benzoyl peroxide and urea topical.

Avoid using harsh, abrasive, or irritating cleansers, perfumes, or cosmetics on the area being treated.

Drugs other than those listed here may also interact with benzoyl peroxide and urea topical. Talk to your doctor and pharmacist before taking any prescription or over-the-counter medicines, including vitamins, minerals, and herbal products.

Where can I get more information?

  • Your pharmacist has additional information about benzoyl peroxide and urea topical written for health professionals that you may read.
  • 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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