Erythromycin and Benzoyl Peroxide Gel Packets
Medically reviewed on April 4, 2018.
Uses of Erythromycin and Benzoyl Peroxide Gel Packets:
What do I need to tell my doctor BEFORE I take Erythromycin and Benzoyl Peroxide Gel Packets?
- If you have an allergy to erythromycin, benzoyl peroxide, or any other part of this medicine (erythromycin and benzoyl peroxide gel packets).
- If you are allergic to any drugs like this one, any other drugs, foods, or other substances. Tell your doctor about the allergy and what signs you had, like rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.
This medicine may interact with other drugs or health problems.
Tell your doctor and pharmacist about all of your drugs (prescription or OTC, natural products, vitamins) and health problems. You must check to make sure that it is safe for you to take this medicine (erythromycin and benzoyl peroxide gel packets) with all of your drugs and health problems. Do not start, stop, or change the dose of any drug without checking with your doctor.
What are some things I need to know or do while I take Erythromycin and Benzoyl Peroxide Gel Packets?
- Tell all of your health care providers that you take this medicine (erythromycin and benzoyl peroxide gel packets). This includes your doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists.
- Certain acne products that contain benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid can rarely cause very bad and sometimes life-threatening allergic reactions or very bad irritation. Before first use, you may need to follow certain steps to make sure you do not have an allergic reaction. Use this medicine (erythromycin and benzoyl peroxide gel packets) as you were told by the doctor or read the package label. Talk with the doctor.
- Do not use longer than you have been told by the doctor.
- Use of other skin products while using this medicine (erythromycin and benzoyl peroxide gel packets) may cause more irritation.
- Talk with your doctor before you use other drugs or products on your skin.
- Use care when putting on. It may bleach hair or colored fabric.
- You may get sunburned more easily. Avoid sun, sunlamps, and tanning beds. Use sunscreen and wear clothing and eyewear that protects you from the sun.
- Diarrhea, bloody diarrhea, and a certain bowel problem (colitis) have happened with this medicine (erythromycin and benzoyl peroxide gel packets). Very bad colitis may lead to death. Call your doctor right away if you have stomach pain or cramps, very bad or watery diarrhea, or bloody diarrhea. Do not try to treat diarrhea without first checking with your doctor.
- This medicine may catch on fire. Do not use near an open flame or while smoking.
- Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant. You will need to talk about the benefits and risks of using this medicine (erythromycin and benzoyl peroxide gel packets) while you are pregnant.
- Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding. You will need to talk about any risks to your baby.
How is this medicine (Erythromycin and Benzoyl Peroxide Gel Packets) best taken?
Use this medicine (erythromycin and benzoyl peroxide gel packets) as ordered by your doctor. Read all information given to you. Follow all instructions closely.
- Do not take this medicine (erythromycin and benzoyl peroxide gel packets) by mouth. Use on your skin only. Keep out of your mouth, nose, and eyes (may burn).
- Wash your hands before and after use.
- Wash and rinse affected skin with warm water, then pat dry.
- Mix in the palm of your hand.
- Use right away after mixing.
- Put a thin layer on the affected skin and rub in gently.
- Do not put on irritated skin.
- Put on gel at the same time of day.
What do I do if I miss a dose?
- Put on a missed dose as soon as you think about it.
- If it is close to the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your normal time.
- Do not put on 2 doses at the same time or extra doses.
See also: Dosage Information (in more detail)
What are some side effects that I need to call my doctor about right away?
WARNING/CAUTION: Even though it may be rare, some people may have very bad and sometimes deadly side effects when taking a drug. Tell your doctor or get medical help right away if you have any of the following signs or symptoms that may be related to a very bad side effect:
- Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing, swallowing, or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.
- Very bad skin irritation.
What are some other side effects of Erythromycin and Benzoyl Peroxide Gel Packets?
All drugs may cause side effects. However, many people have no side effects or only have minor side effects. Call your doctor or get medical help if any of these side effects or any other side effects bother you or do not go away:
These are not all of the side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, call your doctor. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.
You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088. You may also report side effects at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.
See also: Side effects (in more detail)
If OVERDOSE is suspected:
If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.
How do I store and/or throw out Erythromycin and Benzoyl Peroxide Gel Packets?
- Store at room temperature. Do not freeze.
- Protect from heat or open flame.
- Keep all drugs in a safe place. Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
- Throw away unused or expired drugs. Do not flush down a toilet or pour down a drain unless you are told to do so. Check with your pharmacist if you have questions about the best way to throw out drugs. There may be drug take-back programs in your area.
Consumer information use
- If your symptoms or health problems do not get better or if they become worse, call your doctor.
- Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else's drugs.
- Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
- Talk with the doctor before starting any new drug, including prescription or OTC, natural products, or vitamins.
- Some drugs may have another patient information leaflet. Check with your pharmacist. If you have any questions about this medicine (erythromycin and benzoyl peroxide gel packets), please talk with your doctor, nurse, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
- If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.
Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.
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