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Acnotex Side Effects

Generic Name: resorcinol / sulfur topical

Note: This page contains information about the side effects of resorcinol / sulfur topical. Some of the dosage forms included on this document may not apply to the brand name Acnotex.

For the Consumer

Applies to resorcinol / sulfur topical: topical cream, topical liquid, topical lotion, topical ointment, topical paste

In addition to its needed effects, some unwanted effects may be caused by resorcinol / sulfur topical. In the event that any of these side effects do occur, they may require medical attention.

Severity: Moderate

If any of the following side effects occur while taking resorcinol / sulfur topical, check with your doctor or nurse as soon as possible:

Less common or rare:
  • Skin irritation not present before use of this medicine
Symptoms of resorcinol poisoning
  • Diarrhea, nausea, stomach pain, or vomiting
  • dizziness
  • drowsiness
  • headache (severe or continuing)
  • nervousness or restlessness
  • slow heartbeat, shortness of breath, or troubled breathing
  • sweating
  • unusual tiredness or weakness

Minor Side Effects

Some of the side effects that can occur with resorcinol / sulfur 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:

More common:
  • Redness and peeling of skin (may occur after a few days)
Less common:
  • Unusual dryness of skin

For Healthcare Professionals

Applies to resorcinol / sulfur topical: topical cream, topical lotion


Dermatologic side effects have included irritation and dryness.[Ref]


1. "Product Information. Bensulfoid (resorcinol-sulfur topical)." ECR Pharmaceuticals, Richmond, VA.

Not all side effects for Acnotex may be reported. You should always consult a doctor or healthcare professional for medical advice. Side effects can be reported to the FDA here.

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