1 What is Zacare?

Brand: Zacare, Benoxyl, Benzac, Brevoxyl, Desquam, Fostex, Lavoclen, Zoderm

Generic: Benzoyl Peroxide and Sodium Hyaluronate Topical

Zacare is a topical antibiotic drug, used to treat acne. It is a drug combination of benzoyl peroxide and sodium hyaluronate.

Benzoyl peroxide kills bacteria and removes oil and dirt on the skin through its mild drying effect. Sodium hyaluronate lubricates and moisturizes the skin to neutralize the drying effect of benzoyl peroxide.

Read your medication guide and follow your doctor’s prescription at all times.

  • Use this medication topically per doctor’s prescription.
  • Use a mild cleanser on face/ affected skin, rinse properly and pat dry before applying Zacare 1- 2 times a day (if you are using cream or lotion preparation). Zacare has cleanser/liquid preparation too. You can use it to replace soap for facial wash. Then, apply the sodium hyaluronate gel 2- 3 times a day after cleansing the face.
  • The dosage depends on your medical condition or treatment response. Do not adjust your dose without your doctor’s recommendation.
  • Keep Zacare away from the eyes, nose, mouth or lips. Never apply this medication on broken skin. Rinse thoroughly with water once Zacare gets in contact with these body areas.
  • Benzoyl peroxide component of Zacare has bleaching effect so keep it away from hair, clothes or furniture.
  • Continue taking Zacare on the regular schedule (same time of the day). Do not stop taking this medication abruptly without consulting your doctor. Acne symptoms may appear better after 3 weeks but Zacare treatment usually last for 8-12 weeks.

Inform your doctor immediately if your condition aggravates or does not improve. Apply your missed dose as soon as possible. However, make sure that the time interval between the missed and the next dose is not too close.

Otherwise, stick with the regular schedule and leave out the missed dose. Do not double dose to cover up a missed dose. Record your missed dose and inform your doctor immediately if you missed several doses.

Zacare interacts with other medicated skin products or other skin medications, particularly dapsone.

Some drugs may either lessen the beneficial effects or worsen the side effects of Zacare. Likewise, Zacare may make some drugs less efficient or intensify their side effects.

Make sure to inform your doctor about all other drugs you are currently taking or using (prescribed and non-prescribed medications including vitamins, minerals, and herbal products) to check for possible drug interaction with Zacare.

Never alter the doses of other medications while on Zacare neither stop nor start any medicine without the doctor’s recommendation.

Side Effects: There are no side effects known aside from a possible allergic reaction in people who have previous or unknown hypersensitivity to the drug.

Watch out for signs of allergic reactions such as:

  • Rash
  • Itching
  • Swelling

Before applying Zacare inform your health care provider if you have/are:

  • Any allergies to any substance, food or medication, particularly to Zacare or any of its components; and
  • Pregnant or planning to get pregnant or currently breastfeeding a child (Zacare can harm an unborn child but it is unknown if it passes through breast milk that may harm the nursing child).