monobenzone - topical, Benoquin (cont.)
HOW TO USE: This medication is for use on the skin only. Apply a thin layer of the medication to normal-colored skin, usually 2-3 times daily or as directed by your doctor. Avoid getting this product in your eyes or on the inside of your nose or mouth. If you do get this medication in those areas, flush with plenty of water.After using this medication, the skin will be permanently affected and sensitive to sunlight. Avoid prolonged exposure to sunlight, tanning booths, and sunlamps. Always use a sunscreen of SPF 15 or greater, and wear protective clothing when outdoors.It may take up to 4 months before the full benefit of this drug takes effect. Once the desired skin color is achieved, this medication is applied only as needed to maintain your new skin color (usually 2 times a week).Use this medication regularly to get the most benefit from it. To help you remember, use it at the same times each day.Inform your doctor if your condition persists or worsens after 4 months.
SIDE EFFECTS: Mild burning, irritation, redness, cracking, or peeling of the treated skin may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly.Skin that is not treated with this medication may also become discolored or irregular in appearance. Sometimes these effects may be permanent. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more details.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 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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