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What should I know about erythromycin-benzoyl peroxide before taking it?

Some skin conditions should not be treated with erythromycin-benzoyl peroxide. If you have eczema or open wounds or your skin is burned, dry or irritated, do not use this medication. Do not use this treatment alongside tretinoin, or Retin-A, or sunscreens that contain PABA (para-aminobenzoic acid). When using erythromycin-benzoyl peroxide, you should avoid harsh or abrasive cleansers in the treated area, and talk to your doctor about using a moisturizer to prevent your skin from drying out. You are more sensitive to sunburn while using erythromycin-benzoyl peroxide, so be sure to wear sunscreen. The benzoyl peroxide component of the medication may bleach hair, fabrics or carpets. The effects of erythromycin-benzoyl peroxide on developing fetuses are unknown.

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