hydrocortisone/benzoyl peroxide - topical, Vanoxide-HC (cont.)

HOW TO USE: Shake the container well before each use. Wash your hands before and after using this medication. Apply this medication to the areas of your skin affected by acne usually 1 to 3 times a day or as directed by your doctor. Before applying each dose, gently wash the affected area with a mild cleanser, and then pat dry. Apply a small amount of medicine to the affected area and rub in gently.Do not bandage, cover, or wrap the area unless directed to do so by your doctor.Dosage is based on your medical condition and response to treatment. Your acne may become worse before it improves. It may take 3 weeks of use to notice improvement in acne. It may take 8 to 12 weeks before full benefit takes effect.Do not use large amounts of this medication or apply it more often than directed. Doing so will not clear acne faster and may increase side effects.Avoid getting this medication into your eyes, inside your nose or mouth, or on any areas of broken skin since it may cause irritation. If this occurs, flush the area with plenty of water. Benzoyl peroxide may bleach hair or fabrics. Use carefully, and avoid contact with hair, clothing, and furnishings.Use this medication regularly in order to get the most benefit from it. To help you remember, use it at the same time(s) each day.Tell your doctor if your condition persists or worsens.

SIDE EFFECTS: Skin reactions such as peeling, itching, irritation, and redness may occur, especially at the start of treatment. You may need to apply smaller amounts of the drug or use it less often. Consult your doctor or pharmacist for more details. Less common side effects include skin thinning/discoloration, "hair bumps" (folliculitis), or stretch marks. If any of these effects persist or worsen, contact your doctor or pharmacist promptly.Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, seek immediate medical attention if you notice any of the following symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.In the US -Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.In Canada - Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to Health Canada at 1-866-234-2345.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 4/16/2014

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