Benzamycin Pak

Generic Name: Erythromycin

  • What is Benzamycin Pak?

    Benzamycin Pak is used for the topical treatment of acne.

  • What is the most important information I should know about Benzamycin Pak?

    Benzamycin Pak may bleach hair or colored fabric.

    Limit excessive or prolonged exposure to sunlight. Wear sunscreen or sun-protective clothing.

    Report any signs of local adverse reactions such as itching, burning, stinging or peeling of the skin to your doctor.

    The use of antibiotics may result in the overgrowth of nonsusceptible bacteria. If you experience any signs of a new or worsened infection, discontinue use and contact your doctor.

    Do not use this medication for any disorder other than that for which it was prescribed.

    Do not use any other topical acne preparation unless otherwise directed by your doctor.

    Do not mix or apply near an open flame.

  • Who should not take Benzamycin Pak?

    Do not take Benzamycin Pak if you are allergic to any of its components.

  • What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Benzamycin Pak?

    Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Benzamycin Pak. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you are using other topical acne therapy. Also, tell your doctor if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

  • What is the usual dosage?

    The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your doctor uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your doctor may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your doctor's approval.

    Adults and children ≥12 years: Apply Benzamycin Pak twice a day, once in the morning and once in the evening, or as directed by your doctor.

  • How should I take Benzamycin Pak?

    Before applying Benzamycin Pak, thoroughly wash the affected skin with soap and warm water, rinse well, and pat dry.

    Benzamycin Pak is dispensed in one foil pouch containing medication in 2 separate compartments. The contents of each pouch must be mixed thoroughly in the palm of your hand prior to application. Apply the product immediately after mixing and wash your hands.

    Carefully read and review instructions for use before using Benzamycin Pak.

  • What should I avoid while taking Benzamycin Pak?

    Benzamycin Pak is for external use only. Avoid contact with eyes and all mucous membranes.

    Avoid or minimize exposure to natural or artificial sunlight (tanning beds or UVA/UVB treatment). Benzamycin may bleach hair or colored fabric; avoid getting it on your clothes.

  • What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Benzamycin Pak?

    If Benzamycin Pak is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to check with your doctor before combining Benzamycin Pak with any other prescription or over-the-counter acne remedy.

    Use of other topical acne agents, especially abrasive agents, may cause additional irritancy, and therefore should be used with caution.

  • What are the possible side effects of Benzamycin Pak?

    Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this drug.

    Side effects may include: dry skin and swelling, stinging, burning, redness of the skin, inflammation of the eyelids, itching

  • Can I receive Benzamycin Pak if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

    The effects of Benzamycin Pak during pregnancy and breastfeeding are unknown. It is not known whether the ingredients of Benzamycin Pak appear in breast milk after topical use. However, erythromycin is excreted in human milk if it is taken orally or by injection. Caution must be taken during nursing, so talk with your doctor before taking this drug if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

  • What should I do if I miss a dose of Benzamycin Pak?

    If you miss a dose of Benzamycin Pak, apply the missed dose as soon as you remember it. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the dose you missed and return to your regular dosing schedule. Do not use two doses at once.

  • How should I store Benzamycin Pak?

    Store at room temperature away from heat and any open flame.

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