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benzoyl peroxide - where can I get it?

(29 Posts)
StarlightMcKenzie Mon 18-Feb-13 15:19:46

It seems to have disappeared from the shelves and online costs a fortune.

Help anyone?

fruitpastille Mon 18-Feb-13 15:22:01

Your gp? Is it for acne?

Lafaminute Mon 18-Feb-13 15:23:30

Pharmacys used to stock Panoxyl 5 or 10...great for spots!! (but bleaches towels blush

ceebeegeebies Mon 18-Feb-13 15:24:04

I have been trying to get hold of it for the last few months sad best I can find was a half used tube on ebay shock

am gutted as it really cleared spots (the only thing that ever has) and other products just aren't the same so I am back to my spotty chin again sad

StarlightMcKenzie Mon 18-Feb-13 15:26:52

GP can't prescribe it apparently because the pharmacies don't even stock it for prescriptions it appears (unless they are lying).

It it some essential ingredient in amateur bombs or something?

StarlightMcKenzie Mon 18-Feb-13 19:07:25

So it's disappeared then?

NorbertDentressangle Mon 18-Feb-13 19:13:28

I used to be prescribed that for spots about 25 years ago! I remember it ruining several pillowcases and duvet covers as it used to leave bleached out splodges everywhere

Has it been withdrawn then?

StarlightMcKenzie Mon 18-Feb-13 19:16:28

I really don't know. The pharmacists don't seem to know.

StarlightMcKenzie Mon 18-Feb-13 21:26:30


derektheladyhamster Mon 18-Feb-13 21:30:56

I use duac once daily which contains 5% benzoyl peroxide. It's on prescription from the doctors. I last got it in Jan, so I don't know if it's been stopped since then.

4nomore Mon 18-Feb-13 21:33:05

I've been unable to get Panoxyl Aquagel 5 (or any of the other Panoxyls), through Amazon I found Brevoxyl 4%. It's like the gream formulation of Panoxyl, I think it's even by the same manufacturer (Stiefel?) and it works (even at 1% down)

derektheladyhamster Mon 18-Feb-13 21:38:12

Quick check on suggests that they all need a prescription, even panoxyl which I used to get over the counter

StarlightMcKenzie Mon 18-Feb-13 21:39:14

I need the 10% stuff. (Actually I need the liver-killing oral stuff but am bfing).

OrangeLily Mon 18-Feb-13 21:46:33

I had it up until the summer and would collect my prescription from boots. The saga went on for weeks/months but the

derektheladyhamster Mon 18-Feb-13 21:46:48

I always used the 10% stuff, but it stopped working so I went to the doctors who prescribed the duac once daily. It works so much better, and unless i've got better at using it, it doesn't bleach my clothes, towels and bedsheets!

OrangeLily Mon 18-Feb-13 21:47:41


Basically the manufacturer has stopped making it

Bastards.... It was the only thing that worked.

LaurenLaverne Mon 18-Feb-13 21:53:02

oh noooo! Im going to turn back into a spotty mess!

StarlightMcKenzie Mon 18-Feb-13 22:05:24

Okay. So I've ordered some from Malaysia....... Goodness knows what if anything will come!!!!

StarlightMcKenzie Mon 18-Feb-13 22:05:48

So basically I have to go to the GP!?

didoreth Mon 18-Feb-13 22:11:14

Don't know why but benzoyl peroxide is currently unavailable. Your gp can prescribe duac instead - its benzoyl peroxide plus an antibiotic.

LaurenLaverne Mon 18-Feb-13 22:16:32

Just ordered Quinoderm from amazon but it said I might get an email requesting additional information. Hope they cough up the goods!
I might be back asking for the details of the Malaysian stuff.

LaurenLaverne Thu 21-Feb-13 20:04:19

Whoop! The Quinoderm arrived with no questions asked. It was £7, so a bit more expensive than Panoxyl Aquagel. Has the Malaysian stuff arrived?

Jux Thu 21-Feb-13 20:09:23

I was trying to get this for dd with a prescription from our doc, about 4 weeks ago. The local chemist rang round all the pharmacies within a 20 mile area, to no avail. We bought something over the counter, but can't remember what.

Will keep an eye on this yhread for when dd runs out again. Duac. Must remember that!

expatinscotland Thu 21-Feb-13 20:11:32

I buy mine from the US.

StarlightMcKenzie Thu 21-Feb-13 20:12:29

ooh, a box arrived yesterday but assumed it was a mouse trap

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