The following side effects are expected to occur in the first few weeks of treatment, and resolve with continued use of erythromycin / benzoyl peroxide. Contact your doctor if these symptoms are severe and/or do not go away:
How Common (based on clinical studies)
|Burning, stinging, or tingling sensation||Up to 21% of all users|
|Itching||Up to 21% of all users|
|Skin peeling or scaling||Up to 32% of all users|
|Dryness of skin||Up to 47% of all users|
|Redness and/or warmth in the area||Up to 15 % of all users|
|Sunburn||Up to 1.8% of all users|
|Increased skin oiliness||Unknown|
|Soreness or tenderness in the area||Unknown|
|Discoloration of skin||Unknown|
Erythromycin / Benzoyl peroxide may cause some side effects that are serious. If you experience any of the following uncommon side effects, get in touch with your doctor immediately or seek emergency medical treatment:
- A sudden appearance of swelling and rash (known as hives)
- Severe abdominal pain or cramps
- Irritation or swelling of the eye or eyelid
- Signs of fungal infection in the skin or nails such as discoloration, itching, or irritation
- Severe diarrhea
- Appearance of blood or mucus in stool
- Swelling of any parts of the face
Erythromycin / Benzoyl peroxide may also cause other side effects that are not mentioned here. Contact your doctor if you experience any other troublesome symptoms when using erythromycin / benzoyl peroxide.
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