Benzagel

Benzagel Side Effects Center

Medical Editor: John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP

Benzagel (benzoyl peroxide gel) is used to treat acne. It is a topical (for the skin) antibacterial agent that also has a mild drying effect. This medication is available in generic form. Common side effects include skin reactions such as peeling, itching, irritation, and reddened skin, especially at the start of treatment.

Wash and dry affected areas prior to application of the dose of Benzgel. Apply sparingly one or more times daily. It is not likely other drugs you take orally or inject will have an effect on topically applied Benzagel. But many drugs can interact with each other. Tell your doctor all prescription and over-the-counter medications and supplements you use. During pregnancy, Benzagel should be used only when prescribed. It is unknown if this drug passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.

Our Benzagel (benzoyl peroxide gel) Side Effects Drug Center provides a comprehensive view of available drug information on the potential side effects when taking this medication.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

What is Patient Information in Detail?

Easy-to-read and understand detailed drug information and pill images for the patient or caregiver from Cerner Multum.

Benzagel in Detail - Patient Information: Side Effects

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

Stop using benzoyl peroxide and call your doctor at once if you have severe stinging or burning of your skin.

Less serious side effects may include:

  • mild stinging or burning;
  • itching or tingly feeling;
  • skin dryness, peeling, or flaking; or
  • redness or other irritation.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Read the entire detailed patient monograph for Benzagel (Benzoyl Peroxide Gel) »

What is Patient Information Overview?

A concise overview of the drug for the patient or caregiver from First DataBank.

Benzagel Overview - Patient Information: Side Effects

SIDE EFFECTS: Skin reactions such as peeling, itching, irritation, and reddened skin may occur, especially at the start of treatment. If any of these effects persist or worsen, notify your doctor or pharmacist promptly. You may need to apply smaller amounts of the drug or use it less often. Consult your doctor or pharmacist for more details.

If your doctor has directed you to use this medication, remember that he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.

A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is unlikely, but seek immediate medical attention if it occurs. Symptoms of a serious allergic reaction may include: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.

This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

In the US -

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

In Canada - Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to Health Canada at 1-866-234-2345.

Read the entire patient information overview for Benzagel (Benzoyl Peroxide Gel)»

What is Prescribing information?

The FDA package insert formatted in easy-to-find categories for health professionals and clinicians.

Benzagel FDA Prescribing Information: Side Effects
(Adverse Reactions)

SIDE EFFECTS

Irritation and contact dermatitis are the most frequent side reactions to benzoyl peroxide.

Read the entire FDA prescribing information for Benzagel (Benzoyl Peroxide Gel) »

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Benzagel - User Reviews

Benzagel User Reviews

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You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.


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