IMPORTANT NOTE: The following information is intended to supplement, not substitute for, the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacist or other healthcare professional. It should not be construed to indicate that use of the drug is safe, appropriate, or effective for you. Consult your healthcare professional before using this drug.

ERYTHROMYCIN WITH BENZOYL PEROXIDE - TOPICAL

(eh-rith-row-MY-sin WITH BEN-zoh-ill per-OX-ide)

COMMON BRAND NAME(S): Benzamycin

USES: This medication has antibacterial action which prevents pimples and blackheads. It also removes excess oil and dries the skin. It is used in the treatment of mild to moderate acne.

HOW TO USE: This medication is for topical use on the affected area only. Avoid using this in the eyes, mouth or nose or on inflamed or damaged skin. This is usually applied in the morning and evening. First wash, rinse and dry the affected area. Then apply a small amount of the medication and rub in gently with fingertips or an applicator. Wash hands after use.

SIDE EFFECTS: Slight stinging, redness, eye irritation, itching, tenderness, dryness and peeling may occur initially. Expect this. However, if redness or irritation continue or become worse, notify your doctor. Moisturizers or cool compresses may help relieve the irritation. This medication may stain hair or colored fabric. Use cautiously to avoid contact with clothing or hair. In the unlikely event you have an allergic reaction to this drug, seek medical attention immediately. Symptoms of an allergic reaction include: rash, itching, swelling, dizziness, trouble breathing. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

PRECAUTIONS: Tell your doctor if you have: other skin disorders, allergies (especially to antibiotics). Unless ordered by your doctor, avoid sunlamps, sunbathing or other topical acne medications while using this drug. Excessive skin irritation can occur. This drug should be used only if clearly needed during pregnancy. It is not known if this medication is found in breast milk; consult your doctor before breast-feeding.

DRUG INTERACTIONS: Tell your doctor of any over-the-counter or prescription medication you may use, including: other acne medications. Do not start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.

OVERDOSE: If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately. This medicine may be harmful if swallowed.

NOTES: Do not share this product with others.

MISSED DOSE: If you miss a dose, apply it as soon as remembered; do not use if it is almost time for the next dose. Instead, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule.

STORAGE: Store the reconstituted gel in the refrigerator but do not freeze. The packet form of this drug may be stored at room temperature.

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