Benzagel (Benzoyl Peroxide)

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Example: If you find a product on Canada Drugs Direct for $50.00 and find the same product for $40.00 at another mail order pharmacy, we will provide you with a $12.50 discount, bringing your total to $37.50.

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What is a Generic Drug?

A generic drug is a copy of the brand-name drug with the same dosage, safety, strength, quality, consumption method, performance, and intended use. Before generics become available on the market, the generic company must prove it has the same active ingredients as the brand-name drug and works in the same way and in the same amount of time in the body.

The only differences between generics and their brand-name counterparts is that generics are less expensive and may look slightly different (eg. different shape or color), as trademarks laws prevent a generic from looking exactly like the brand-name drug.

Generics are less expensive because generic manufacturers don't have to invest large sums of money to develop a drug. When the brand-name patent expires, generic companies can manufacture a copy of the brand-name and sell it at a substantial discount.


Your doctor or healthcare provider may prescribe Benzagel to treat skin conditions like Acne Vulgaris or Rosacea.

Acne vulgaris is commonly found in teenagers. It occurs when hair follicles become clogged with oil and dead skin cells. It can occur anywhere on the body but is most common on the face. Bacteria can contribute to the formulation of acne by producing fatty acids that clog follicles.

Rosacea is more common in middle-aged women with fair skin. Symptoms include redness, swelling, and visible blood vessels. It is thought that bacteria may contribute to Rosacea by increasing inflammation of facial skin.

Benzagel works by killing bacterial cells that are contributing to Rosace and Acne Vulgaris. It produces free-oxygen radicals that are toxic to bacteria and prevent their growth.

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Legal status

US: OTC / Rx-only

Chemical Name

Benzoyl peroxide

Elimination half-life


Dosage (Strength)

2.5%, 5%


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Benzac, Panoxyl

Protein binding


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For the treatment of rosacea, the standard dosage is one application to the face once daily.

For acne vulgaris, the standard dosage starts at one application once daily but may be increased to 2-3 times daily depending on the treatment needs.


The active ingredient in Benzagel is benzoyl peroxide. 


Common drug-drug interactions with this medication can include:

  • Aminolevulinic Acid
  • Dapsone
  • Isotretinoin 
  • Methoxsalen
  • Porfimer
  • Verteporfin


Use appropriate sun protection when you are using Benzagel because it can make you more sensitive to the sun.

Benzagel can cause a bleaching effect on hair and fabrics.

Avoid contact with the eyes, nose, and mouth. 

Children, especially neonates, should avoid contact with Benzagel due to the risk of fatal "gasping syndrome."

Ask your doctor and pharmacist about a full list of precautions that apply to you.

Side Effects

The most common side effects of Benzagel include

  • Application-site edema
  • Application-site erythema
  • Application-site pain
  • Application-site pruritus
  • Contact dermatitis
  • Desquamation
  • Erythema of skin
  • Skin irritation
  • Xeroderma


Benzagel [package insert]. Bridgewater, NJ: sanofi-aventis U.S. LLC; 2006.

IMPORTANT NOTE: The above information is intended to increase awareness of health information and does not suggest treatment or diagnosis. This information is not a substitute for individual medical attention and should not be construed to indicate that use of the drug is safe, appropriate, or effective for you. See your health care professional for medical advice and treatment.

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