Benzagel

Medical Editor: John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP Last updated on RxList: 1/12/2022
Benzagel Side Effects Center

What Is Benzagel?

Benzagel (benzoyl peroxide gel) is a topical (for the skin) antibacterial agent that also has a mild drying effect used to treat acne. Benzagel is available in generic form.

What Are Side Effects of Benzagel?

Common side effects of Benzagel include:

  • skin reactions such as peeling,
  • itching,
  • irritation,
  • stinging,
  • burning,
  • tingly feeling,
  • dryness,
  • flaking, and
  • redness, especially at the start of treatment

Dosage for Benzagel

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.

What Drugs, Substances, or Supplements Interact with Benzagel?

But many drugs can interact with each other. Tell your doctor all prescription and over-the-counter medications and supplements you use.

Benzagel During Pregnancy or Breastfeeding

During pregnancy, Benzagel should be used only when prescribed. It is unknown if this drug passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breastfeeding.

Additional Information

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.

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Benzagel Consumer Information

Benzoyl peroxide topical can cause a rare but serious allergic reaction or severe skin irritation. These reactions may occur just a few minutes after you apply the medicine, or within a day or longer afterward.

Stop using this medicine and get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction: hives, itching; difficult breathing, feeling light-headed; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Stop using benzoyl peroxide and call your doctor at once if you have any of these side effects on the treated skin:

  • severe itching or burning;
  • severe stinging or redness;
  • swelling; or
  • peeling.

Common 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)

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Benzagel Professional Information

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)

© Benzagel Patient Information is supplied by Cerner Multum, Inc. and Benzagel Consumer information is supplied by First Databank, Inc., used under license and subject to their respective copyrights.

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