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Erythromycin/Benzoyl Peroxide Side Effects

Although most people do not experience problems while using erythromycin/benzoyl peroxide, side effects can still occur. Common problems may include skin irritation, such as dryness, redness, and itching. In most cases, side effects are minor and easily treated. However, notify your healthcare provider right away if you develop serious problems while using the drug, such as severe diarrhea, hives, or difficulty breathing.

An Introduction to Side Effects of Erythromycin/Benzoyl Peroxide

Just like any medication, erythromycin/benzoyl peroxide (Benzamycin®) can cause side effects. However, not everyone who uses the medication will have problems. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well. If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or are treated easily by you or your healthcare provider.
(This article covers many, but not all, of the possible side effects with erythromycin/benzoyl peroxide. Your healthcare provider can discuss a more complete list with you.)

Serious Erythromycin/Benzoyl Peroxide Side Effects

Some side effects of erythromycin/benzoyl peroxide are potentially serious and should be reported immediately to your healthcare provider. These include but are not limited to:
  • Swelling or inflammation of the face, eyes, eyelids, or nose
  • Eye or eyelid irritation
  • Skin redness, irritation, peeling, or burning that does not go away, is severe, or worsens with repeated use
  • Extreme sensitivity to the sun or severe sunburn
  • Watery, bloody, or severe diarrhea
  • A fungal infection of the skin or nails
  • Signs of an allergic reaction, such as:
    • An unexplained rash
    • Hives
    • Itching
    • Swelling of the mouth or throat
    • Wheezing
    • Difficulty breathing.

Erythromycin/Benzoyl Peroxide Information

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