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Benzamycin Side Effects Center
Medical Editor: John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP
Benzamycin (erythromycin 3%-benzoyl peroxide 5%) Topical Gel is used to treat acne. Erythromycin is an antibiotic; benzoyl peroxide has an antibacterial effect and a mild drying effect. This medication is available in generic form. Common side effects include mild dryness and mild peeling of the top layer of skin. Skin irritation, itching, burning, or redness may occur, especially at the start of treatment as your body adjusts to the medication. Eye irritation and skin discoloration may also occur.
Apply a dose of Benzamycin Topical Gel twice daily, morning and evening, or as directed by a physician, to affected areas after the skin is thoroughly washed, rinsed with warm water and gently patted dry. Avoid using harsh, abrasive, or irritating cleansers, perfumes, or cosmetics on the area being treated. Do not use other topical prescription or over-the-counter products on the same area at the same time unless directed to do so by your doctor. Benzamycin may interact with tretinoin (Retin-A). Other drugs may interact with Benzamycin topical. Tell your doctor all medications you use. During pregnancy, Benzamycin should be used only when prescribed. It is unknown if this drug passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.
Our Benzamycin (erythromycin) 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.
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Benzamycin in Detail - Patient Information: Side Effects
Serious side effects are not likely to occur. Stop using benzoyl peroxide and erythromycin topical and seek emergency medical attention if you experience an allergic reaction (shortness of breath; closing of the throat; swelling of the lips, face, or tongue; or hives).
You may experience some skin burning, stinging, tingling, itching, redness, dryness, peeling, or irritation while using benzoyl peroxide topical. If these side effects are excessive, apply benzoyl peroxide and erythromycin topical less often.
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.
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Benzamycin Overview - Patient Information: Side Effects
Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because 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.
Rarely, use of this medication for prolonged or repeated periods may result in other types of skin infections (such as fungal infections). Contact your doctor if you notice any unusual skin symptoms or if your condition does not improve.
A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, seek immediate medical attention if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: 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.
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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.
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Benzamycin FDA Prescribing Information: Side Effects
The following additional local adverse reactions have been reported occasionally: irritation of the skin including peeling, itching, burning sensation, erythema, inflammation of the face, eyes and nose, and irritation of the eyes. Skin discoloration, oiliness and tenderness of the skin have also been reported.
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