BP Wash Side Effects
Generic Name: benzoyl peroxide topical
Note: This page contains information about the side effects of benzoyl peroxide topical. Some of the dosage forms included on this document may not apply to the brand name BP Wash.
Not all side effects for BP Wash may be reported. You should always consult a doctor or healthcare professional for medical advice. Side effects can be reported to the FDA here.
For the Consumer
Applies to benzoyl peroxide topical: topical bar, topical cream, topical foam, topical gel/jelly, topical liquid, topical lotion, topical pad, topical soap, topical solution
In addition to its needed effects, some unwanted effects may be caused by benzoyl peroxide topical (the active ingredient contained in BP Wash). In the event that any of these side effects do occur, they may require medical attention.
You should check with your doctor immediately if any of these side effects occur when taking benzoyl peroxide topical:Less common or rare
- Painful irritation of skin, including burning, blistering, crusting, itching, severe redness, or swelling
- skin rash
- Difficult breathing
- swelling of the eyes, face, lips, or tongue
- tightness in the throat
If any of the following symptoms of overdose occur while taking benzoyl peroxide topical, get emergency help immediately:Symptoms of overdose
- Burning, itching, scaling, redness, or swelling of skin (severe)
Some of the side effects that can occur with benzoyl peroxide topical may not need medical attention. As your body adjusts to the medicine during treatment these side effects may go away. Your health care professional may also be able to tell you about ways to reduce or prevent some of these side effects. If any of the following side effects continue, are bothersome or if you have any questions about them, check with your health care professional:Less common
- Dryness or peeling of the skin (may occur after a few days)
- feeling of warmth, mild stinging, and redness of the skin
For Healthcare Professionals
Applies to benzoyl peroxide topical: compounding powder, topical bar, topical cream, topical foam, topical gel, topical kit, topical liquid, topical lotion, topical pad
Dermatologic side effects including excessive drying have been reported in 4% of patients. This is associated with skin peeling, irritation, erythema, and possible edema.[Ref]
Hypersensitivity reactions have included allergic contact dermatitis.[Ref]
1. "Product Information. Triaz (benzoyl peroxide topical)." Medicis Dermatatologics Inc, Phoenix, AZ.
2. Swinyer LJ, Baker MD, Swinyer TA, Mills OH Jr "A comparative study of benzoyl peroxide and clindamycin phosphate for treating acne vulgaris." Br J Dermatol 119 (1988): 615-22
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