Generic Name: Benzoyl Peroxide

  • What is Brevoxyl?

    Brevoxyl Gel and Brevoxyl Creamy Wash are used to treat mild to moderate acne. Brevoxyl may be used with other acne products, including antibiotics, retinoic acid products, and sulfur/salicylic acid-containing products.

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

    Brevoxyl Gel and Brevoxyl Creamy Wash are for external use only. Brevoxyl should be kept away from your eyes. With overuse, severe irritation may develop with Brevoxyl Creamy Wash; temporarily discontinue the product until the skin returns to normal and notify your doctor. Brevoxyl's results will not be visible until the third week of treatment; therefore, do not stop treatment without consulting your doctor.

    Avoid contact with hair, fabrics, or carpeting since Brevoxyl will cause bleaching.

    Intensive sunbathing or UV radiation should be avoided.

  • Who should not take Brevoxyl?

    Patients who are allergic to Brevoxyl and its ingredients should not take this medication. Do not use in children <12 years old unless you have consulted with your doctor.

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

    Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Brevoxyl. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you are pregnant, intend on becoming 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.

    Brevoxyl-4 and Brevoxyl-8 Gels

    Adults: Apply once or twice daily to affected areas.

    Brevoxyl-4 and Brevoxyl-8 Creamy Washes

    Adults: Wash with creamy wash once a day during the first week and twice a day afterwards, as tolerated.

  • How should I take Brevoxyl?

    For the Brevoxyl-4 and Brevoxyl-8 Gels, gently clean the affected areas prior to application.

    For the Brevoxyl-4 and Brevoxyl-8 Creamy Washes, shake well before use. Wet the areas to be treated; apply creamy wash, work to a full lather, rinse thoroughly, and pat dry.

  • What should I avoid while taking Brevoxyl?

    Avoid contact with your eyes and mucous membranes, such as the lining of your nasal passages. Avoid contact with your hair, fabrics, or carpeting as Brevoxyl may cause bleaching. Also, avoid excessive sun exposure.

  • What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Brevoxyl?

    No significant interactions have been reported with Brevoxyl. However, always tell your doctor about any medicines you take, including over-the-counter drugs, vitamins, and herbal supplements.

  • What are the possible side effects of Brevoxyl?

    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: burning, redness, peeling, dryness, itching, rash, irritation, inflammation

  • Can I receive Brevoxyl if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

    The effects of Brevoxyl during pregnancy and breastfeeding are unknown. Tell your doctor immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding. Benzoyl peroxide should be used by a pregnant woman only if it is clearly needed.

  • What should I do if I miss a dose of Brevoxyl?

    Apply the missed dose of Brevoxyl as soon as you remember it. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the one you missed and return to your regular dosing schedule. Do not apply two doses at once.

  • How should I store Brevoxyl?

    Store at room temperature.

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