Brevoxyl Gel

Medical Editor: John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP Last updated on RxList: 2/1/2022
Drug Description

What is Brevoxyl Gel and how is it used?

Brevoxyl Gel is a prescription medicine used to treat the symptoms of Acne Vulgaris. Brevoxyl Gel may be used alone or with other medications.

Brevoxyl Gel belongs to a class of drugs called Acne Agents, Topical.

It is not known if Brevoxyl Gel is safe and effective in children younger than 12 years of age.

What are the possible side effects of Brevoxyl Gel?

Brevoxyl Gel may cause serious side effects including:

  • hives,
  • difficulty breathing,
  • swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat,
  • severe skin irritation,
  • lightheadedness,
  • severe itching,
  • severe burning,
  • severe stinging or redness,
  • swelling, and
  • peeling

Get medical help right away, if you have any of the symptoms listed above.

The most common side effects of Brevoxyl Gel include:

  • mild stinging or burning,
  • itching or tingly feeling,
  • skin dryness,
  • skin peeling, or flaking, and
  • redness or irritation

Tell the doctor if you have any side effect that bothers you or that does not go away.

These are not all the possible side effects of Brevoxyl Gel. For more information, ask your doctor or pharmacist.

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

AQUEOUS BASE ACNE GEL FOR TOPICAL USE

DESCRIPTION

Brevoxyl-4 Gel (benzoyl peroxide gel) and Brevoxyl-8 Gel are topical preparations containing benzoyl peroxide 4% and 8%, respectively, as the active Ingredient In a gel vehicle containing purified water, cetyl alcohol, dimethyl Isosorblde, fragrance, simethicone, stearyl alcohol and ceteareth-20.

The structural formula of benzoyl peroxide is:

Brevoxyl (benzoyl peroxide) structural formula illustration

Indications & Dosage

INDICATIONS

Brevoxyl-4 Gel (benzoyl peroxide gel) and Brevoxyl-8 Gel are indicated for use in the topical treatment of mild to moderate acne vulgaris. Brevoxyl-4 Gel (benzoyl peroxide gel) or Brevoxyl-8 Gel may be used as an adjunct in acne treatment regimens including antibiotics, retinoic acid products, and sulfur/salicylic acid containing preparations.

DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION

Therapy may be initiated with either Brevoxyl-4 Gel (benzoyl peroxide gel) or Brevoxyl-8 Gel. The medication should be applied once or twice daily to the affected areas. Frequency of use should be adjusted to obtain the desired clinical response. Gentle cleansing of the affected areas prior to application of Brevoxyl-4 Gel (benzoyl peroxide gel) or Brevoxyl-8 Gel may be beneficial. Clinically visible improvement will normally occur by the third week of therapy. Maximum lesion reduction may be expected after approximately eight to twelve weeks of drug use. Continuing use of the drug is normally required to maintain a satisfactory clinical response. HOW SUPPLIED

Brevoxyl®-4 Gel is supplied in 42.5 g (1.5 oz) tubes NDC 0145-2374-06.
Brevoxyl®-8 Gel is supplied in 42.5 g (1.5 oz) tubes NDC 0145-2384-06.

Store at controlled room temperature 15°-30°C (59°- 86°F).

Stiefel Laboratories, Inc. Coral Gables, FL 33134. Rev. 1007

QUESTION

Acne is the result of an allergy. See Answer
Side Effects & Drug Interactions

SIDE EFFECTS

Contact sensitization reactions are associated with the use of topical benzoyl peroxide products and may be expected to occur in 10 to 25 of 1000 patients. The most frequent adverse reactions associated with benzoyl peroxide use are excessive erythema and peeling which may be expected to occur in 5 of 100 patients. Excessive erythema and peeling most frequently appear during the initial phase of drug use and may normally be controlled by reducing frequency of use.

DRUG INTERACTIONS

No information provided.

Warnings & Precautions

WARNINGS

No information provided.

PRECAUTIONS

General - For external use only. Avoid contact with eyes and mucous membranes. AVOID CONTACT WITH HAIR, FABRICS OR CARPETING AS BENZOYL PEROXIDE WILL CAUSE BLEACHING.

Carcinogenesis, Mutagenesis, Impairment of Fertility

Based upon all available evidence, benzoyl peroxide is not considered to be a carcinogen. However, data from a study using mice known to be highly susceptible to cancer suggest that benzoyl peroxide acts as a tumor promoter. The clinical significance of the findings is not known.

Pregnancy

Category C - Animal reproduction studies have not been conducted with benzoyl peroxide. It is also not known whether benzoyl peroxide can cause fetal harm when administered to a pregnant woman or can affect reproduction capacity. Benzoyl peroxide should be used by a pregnant woman only if clearly needed.

Nursing Mothers

It is not known whetherthis drug is excreted in human milk. Because many drugs are excreted in human milk, caution should be exercised when benzoyl peroxide is administered to a nursing woman.

Pediatric Use

Safety and effectiveness in children below the age of 12 have not been established.

Overdosage & Contraindications

OVERDOSE

No information provided.

CONTRAINDICATIONS

Brevoxyl-4 Gel (benzoyl peroxide gel) and Brevoxyl-8 Gel should not be used in patients who have shown hypersensitivity to benzoyl peroxide or to any of the other ingredients in the product.

Clinical Pharmacology

CLINICAL PHARMACOLOGY

The exact method of action of benzoyl peroxide In acne vulgaris is not known. Benzoyl peroxide is an antibacterial agent with demonstrated activity against Propionibacterium acnes. This action, combined with the mild keratolytic effect of benzoyl peroxide is believed to be responsible for its usefulness in acne.

Benzoyl peroxide is absorbed by the skin where it is metabolized to benzoic acid and excreted as benzoate in the urine.

Medication Guide

PATIENT INFORMATION

No information provided. Please refer to the PRECAUTIONS section.

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