Benzamycin Gel gets its name from its active ingredients, benzoyl peroxide and erythromycin. The active ingredients in Benzamycin Gel are antibiotics and are used to treat moderate acne. Acne is a skin condition where the hair follicles are clogged with dead skin cells and oil which create blackheads, whiteheads, pimples, oily skin, and possible scarring.
Benzamycin Gel works by preventing the growth of bacteria on the skin (erythromycin) and allows excess oils and dirt to be easily washed away due to its mild drying effect.
Read the instructions that come with this medication before using, or as directed by your doctor.
Wash the area you are going to apply Benzamycin gel with warm water. Gently pat dry, do not rub as this can sometimes cause irritation.
Apply a thin layer of the gel; this is done usually twice a day, once in the morning and once at night.
Wash your hands thoroughly once done.
Use caution when using this product as benzoyl peroxide can bleach hair and colors fabrics (like clothing and bedding).
Use this medication regularly to get the most benefit out of it.
Tell your doctor about your medical history as well as all medications you are currently taking including prescription, over-the-counter, vitamins, and herbal remedies. Make sure to tell whomever it may concern before surgery as well.
This medication can cause extra sensitivity to the sun. Limit your time in the sun if possible and avoid tanning booths and sunlamps. Use sunscreen and wear protective clothing when you have to be in the sun for long periods of time. Be sure to contact your doctor right away if you get sunburned or have skin blisters/redness.
During pregnancy, this medication should be used only when absolutely needed. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.
It is not yet known if this drug passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before taking this medication if you are breastfeeding.
Common side effects may include:
mild burning or stinging; itching or tingly feeling; dryness or peeling of treated skin; or redness or other irritation.
Discontinue using this gel if you have:
severe redness, burning, stinging, or peeling of treated skin areas; or diarrhea that is watery or bloody.
Signs of allergic reaction:
sneezing and an itchy, runny or blocked nose (allergic rhinitis) itchy, red, watering eyes (conjunctivitis) wheezing, chest tightness, shortness of breath and a cough. a raised, itchy, red rash (hives) swollen lips, tongue, eyes or face.
Are there any drug interactions with Benzamycin gel?
Yes, most of them include;
How long till I see the full benefit of this medication?
It can take a few weeks to 2-3 months for the full benefit. Result speed depends on the condition of your acne and your bodys response to treatment.
If I use a little more than suggested by my doctor, will it help speed up the process?
No. It will not heal your acne any quicker but can increase the risk of side effects.
How old do you have to be to use Benzamycin gel?
You must be at least 12 years old to use this product. It is not recommended for children under 12.
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