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Generic Name: benzoyl peroxide and sulfur topical (BEN zoe ill per OX ide and SULL fur)
Brand Names: NuOx, Sulfoxyl Regular, Sulfoxyl Strong

What is NuOx (benzoyl peroxide and sulfur topical)?

Benzoyl peroxide has an antibacterial effect. It also has a mild drying effect that decreases oiliness of the skin.

When sulfur is applied topically, it causes drying and peeling of the skin. This allows excess oils and dirt to be easily washed away.

Benzoyl peroxide and sulfur topical is used to treat acne.

Benzoyl peroxide and sulfur topical may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this medication guide.

What is the most important information I should know about NuOx (benzoyl peroxide and sulfur topical)?

Do not use benzoyl peroxide and sulfur topical on sunburned, windburned, dry, chapped, or irritated skin or on an open wound.

Avoid abrasive, harsh, or drying soaps and cleansers while using benzoyl peroxide and sulfur topical.

Avoid contact with clothing and hair. Benzoyl peroxide may cause bleaching.

Avoid combining PABA-containing sunscreens and benzoyl peroxide and sulfur topical. Temporary skin discoloration may occur if they are used together.

Who should not use NuOx (benzoyl peroxide and sulfur topical)?

Do not use benzoyl peroxide and sulfur topical on sunburned, windburned, dry, chapped, or irritated skin. It could make these conditions much worse. Also avoid using benzoyl peroxide and sulfur topical in wounds or on areas of eczema. Wait until these conditions have healed before using this medication.

Do not use benzoyl peroxide and sulfur topical during treatment with tretinoin (Retin-A). The combination could lead to severe skin irritation.

It is not known whether benzoyl peroxide and sulfur topical will harm an unborn baby. Do not use this medication without first talking to your doctor if you are pregnant. It is also not known whether benzoyl peroxide and sulfur topical passes into breast milk. Do not use benzoyl peroxide and sulfur topical without first talking to your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

How should I use NuOx (benzoyl peroxide and sulfur topical)?

Use benzoyl peroxide and sulfur topical exactly as directed by your doctor, or follow the instructions that accompany the package. If you do not understand these directions, ask your pharmacist, nurse, or doctor to explain them to you.

Wash your hands before and after applying this medication.

Clean and dry the area of skin where you will apply benzoyl peroxide and sulfur topical. Apply the medication to the affected area. When applying benzoyl peroxide and sulfur topical, avoid your eyes, the inside of your nose and mouth, your lips, and areas where the skin is broken to prevent excessive irritation. If you get medication in any of these areas, rinse it off with water. Do not cover the affected area after applying benzoyl peroxide and sulfur topical. Doing so could cause too much medicine to be absorbed by your body and could be harmful. It may take several weeks or more to see the effects of this drug. Do not stop using benzoyl peroxide and sulfur topical if you do not see results immediately.

Apply benzoyl peroxide and sulfur topical less often if you experience excessive burning, dryness, or irritation.

Store benzoyl peroxide and sulfur topical at room temperature away from moisture and heat.

What happens if I miss a dose?

Apply the missed dose as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the dose you missed and apply only your next regularly scheduled dose.

What happens if I overdose?

An overdose of benzoyl peroxide and sulfur topical is unlikely to occur. If you do suspect an overdose, or if benzoyl peroxide and sulfur topical has been ingested, call a poison control center or an emergency room for advice.

What should I avoid while using NuOx (benzoyl peroxide and sulfur topical)?

Do not use benzoyl peroxide and sulfur topical on sunburned, windburned, dry, chapped, or irritated skin or on open wounds.

Avoid using other topical products on the same area at the same time unless directed to do so by your doctor. They may interfere with the effects or absorption of benzoyl peroxide and sulfur topical.

Do not cover the area after applying benzoyl peroxide and sulfur topical. Doing so could cause too much medicine to be absorbed by your body and could be harmful.

Avoid using harsh, abrasive, or irritating cleansers, perfumes, or cosmetics on the area you are treating.

Avoid contact with clothing and hair. Benzoyl peroxide may cause bleaching.

Avoid combining PABA-containing sunscreens and benzoyl peroxide and sulfur topical. Temporary skin discoloration may occur if they are used together.

NuOx (benzoyl peroxide and sulfur topical) side effects

Serious side effects are not likely to occur. Stop using benzoyl peroxide and sulfur topical and seek emergency medical attention if you experience an allergic reaction (shortness of breath; closing of your throat; swelling of your lips, face, or tongue; or hives).

You may experience some burning, stinging, tingling, itching, redness, dryness, peeling, or irritation while you are using benzoyl peroxide topical. If these side effects are excessive, apply benzoyl peroxide and sulfur topical less often.

Side effects other than those listed here may also occur. Talk to your doctor about any side effect that seems unusual or that is especially bothersome.

What other drugs will affect NuOx (benzoyl peroxide and sulfur topical)?

Do not use benzoyl peroxide and sulfur topical during treatment with tretinoin (Retin-A). The combination could lead to severe skin irritation.

Do not use other topical prescription or over-the-counter products unless directed to do so by your doctor. They may interfere with your treatment or increase irritation to your skin.

Avoid using harsh, abrasive, or irritating cleansers, perfumes, or cosmetics on the area you are treating.

Drugs other than those listed here may also interact with benzoyl peroxide and sulfur topical. Talk to your doctor and pharmacist before taking any prescription or over-the-counter medicines.

Where can I get more information?

  • Your pharmacist has additional information about benzoyl peroxide and sulfur topical written for health professionals that you may read.

What does my medication look like?

Benzoyl peroxide and sulfur topical is available with a prescription and over the counter under the brand names Sulfoxyl Regular, Sulfoxyl Strong, Dryox 10S 5, and Dryox 20S 10 in lotion and gel formulations. Other brand or generic formulations may also be available. Ask your pharmacist any questions you have about this medication, especially if it is new to you.

  • Sulfoxyl Regular--5% benzoyl peroxide and 2% sulfur

  • Sulfoxyl Strong--10% benzoyl peroxide and 5% sulfur

  • Dryox 10S 5--10% benzoyl peroxide and 5% sulfur

  • Dryox 20S 10--20% benzoyl peroxide and 10% sulfur

  • Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.
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