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.

Benzagel (Benzoyl Peroxide)


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Generic Equivalent - Benzagel (Benzoyl Peroxide)

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    Benzagel is available as a prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) in some countries. Your healthcare provider may prescribe this medication to treat acne vulgaris or rosacea.

    Acne vulgaris is a skin condition when hair follicles, usually of the face, become plugged with oil and dead skin cells. When the hair follicles become clogged, they can become red and inflamed. Acne vulgaris is more commonly found in teenagers than children or adults.

    Rosacea is also a skin condition that causes red, inflamed skin of the face. It is most commonly experienced by middle-aged women with fair skin. It looks similar to acne vulgaris but is not the same. Symptoms include redness, inflammation, and visible blood vessels.

    Acne vulgaris and rosacea are commonly associated with a bacterial infections. Benzagel works by releasing free-radical oxygen, which attacks bacterial proteins and kills bacteria that are found in follicles.

    Fact Table




    US FDA



    Legal status

    US: OTC / Rx-only

    Chemical Name

    Benzoyl peroxide

    Elimination half-life


    Dosage (Strength)

    2.5%, 5%


    Consult Doctor


    Benzac, Panoxyl

    Protein binding


    PubChem CID






    ATC code






    Routes of administration



    For rosacea, the standard dosage is one application to the affected area once daily.

    For acne vulgaris, the dosage is one application 1-3 times daily. Reduce usage if excessive dryness of the face occurs.


    The active ingredient in Benzagel is benzoyl peroxide.


    Benzagel can interact with the following medications:

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


    Benzagel can have a bleaching effect on material that it comes into contact with, including fabric, hair, and carpet.

    Your skin may become more sensitive to the sun when you are using this product.

    If you develop skin irritation while using Venzagel, consult your doctor or pharmacist.

    Avoid contact with neonates, as benzyl alcohol is associated with fatal "gasping syndrome" in very young children.

    Side Effects

    Common adverse reactions to this medication include: 

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


    1. 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.

    Product Code : 13675

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