Drug information provided by: IBM Micromedex
It is very important that you use this medicine only as directed. Do not use more of it, do not use it more often, and do not use it for a longer time than your doctor ordered. To do so may cause your skin to become irritated. You may need to use this medicine for several weeks or months before your skin starts to look better. Applying extra medicine will not make it work faster.
This medicine is for use on the skin only. Do not get it in your eyes, nose, mouth, or vagina. Do not use it on skin areas that have cuts or scrapes. If it does get on these areas, rinse it off right away.
This medicine should come with a patient information insert. Read and follow these instructions carefully. Ask your doctor if you have any questions.
Wash your hands with soap and water before and after using this medicine.
Before applying this medicine, wash the affected area of your skin with warm water and a mild soap. Rinse well and pat dry.
Apply a small amount of the medicine to each affected area of the skin (eg, forehead, chin, cheeks, chest, shoulders), and gently rub it in.
The dose of this medicine will be different for different patients. Follow your doctor's orders or the directions on the label. The following information includes only the average doses of this medicine. If your dose is different, do not change it unless your doctor tells you to do so.
The amount of medicine that you take depends on the strength of the medicine. Also, the number of doses you take each day, the time allowed between doses, and the length of time you take the medicine depend on the medical problem for which you are using the medicine.
For topical dosage form (gel):
Adults and children 12 years of age and older—
Benzaclin®: Apply a thin layer to the affected area(s) of the skin two times a day (morning and evening).
Duac®: Apply a thin layer to the affected area(s) of the face once a day, in the evening, or as directed by your doctor.
Children younger than 12 years of age—Use and dose must be determined by your doctor.
If you miss a dose of this medicine, apply it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule.
Store the medicine in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light. Keep from freezing.
Keep out of the reach of children.
Do not keep outdated medicine or medicine no longer needed.
Ask your healthcare professional how you should dispose of any medicine you do not use.
Throw away any unused Duac® gel after 60 days or Benzaclin® gel after 3 months.