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Inova 8/2

Generic name: benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid (topical) [BEN-zoey-il-per-OX-ide-and-sal-i-SIL-ik-AS-id]
Brand names: Cleanse & Treat Plus, Inova 4-1/2, and Inova 8-2.
Drug class: Topical acne agents

What is Inova 8.2 (topical)?

Benzoyl peroxide is antibacterial. It has a mild drying action that helps to wash away excess dirt and oil.Salicylic acid is an agent that peels the outer layer of skin.Inova (8/2 for the skin) is an acne treatment that uses a combination of medicines.

This medication should not be used to treat mild acne. It contains a stronger concentration of benzoyl peroxide than many acne products available over the counter. Improper use of this product can cause severe skin irritation.Inova 8/2 can be used in other ways not mentioned in this guide.

Side effects of Inova 8/2

Inova 8/2 can cause an allergic reaction that is rare but severe. It may also cause skin irritation. These reactions can occur within minutes of applying the medication or even a day later.

If you experience any of the following symptoms of an allergic reaction, stop using this medication and seek emergency medical attention: hives; itching; difficulty breathing; feeling lightheaded; swelling in your face, lips, or throat.

If you experience any of the following symptoms, stop using Inova 8/2 immediately and contact your doctor.

  • Skin irritation following the use of a medicine
  • Peeling or scaly skin
  • Redness or swelling on the treated skin
  • Nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.

Inova 8/2 side effects that are common include:

  • Dry skin or mild irritation
  • Dizziness;
  • Ringing in the ears

There may be other side effects. For medical advice on side effects, call your doctor. The FDA can be contacted at 1-800-FDA-1088 to report side effects.

Similar/related drugs

Doxycycline, Clindamycin topical, Topical Erythromycin, Tetracycline, and Tazorac


This medication can cause an allergic reaction that is rare but severe. If you experience hives or itching, have difficulty breathing, feel light-headed, or swell your face, lips, or throat, stop using the medicine immediately and seek emergency medical attention.

Before you take this drug

This medicine should not be used if you have an allergy to aspirin, salicylic acid, or benzoyl acid.Tell your doctor about any allergies you may have or other medical conditions you might be suffering from.

FDA pregnancy class C There is no information on whether Inova 8/2 can harm a developing baby. If you plan to get pregnant or are already pregnant, tell your doctor.

There is no way to know if benzoyl-peroxide or salicylic acid topical can pass into breast milk or if they could harm a baby who is nursing. You should tell your doctor if you're breastfeeding a child.Inova 8/2 is not recommended for children younger than 12 years of age.

How to take Inova 8/2?

Do not alter the instructions on your prescription. Use this medication only as directed. Do not exceed the recommended dosage or use it for longer.

Inova can cause an allergic reaction, which is rare but severe. You may want to test the medicine first to see if it causes a reaction. Every day, apply a small amount of medicine to one or two small acne spots. On the fourth day, if there is no reaction to the medicine, you can use the full amount prescribed.Only use mild skin cleansers or those prescribed by your doctor.

The medicated pad should be applied to dry, clean skin at least twice a day. If your doctor has prescribed this regiment, you can apply it as often as needed. Do not wash off the medication unless you experience severe skin irritation immediately after application.

This medication should not be shared with anyone else, even if the other person has similar symptoms.Store away from moisture or heat at room temperature. Each medicated pad should be kept in its foil pouch.

What happens if I miss the dose?

As soon as you recall, apply the missed dose. If your next dose is approaching, skip the missed dose. You should not take extra medicine to compensate for a missed dose.

What happens if I overdose?

Call 1-800-222-1222 for poison help or seek immediate medical attention.

What should be avoided?

Inova 8/2 topical is not to be taken by mouth. Inova 8/2 Topical should only be applied to the skin. Do not get this medication into your mouth or nose. Rinse with water if this happens. This medicine should not be used on skin that is sunburned or windburned. It also shouldn't be applied to dry, chapped, itchy, irritated, or broken skin.

If you accidentally get this medication in your eyes, wash them with water.Do not use other medications to treat the same areas that you have treated with Inova 8/2, unless you are told by your doctor.

Avoid skin products that can cause irritation. These include harsh soaps, skin cleansers or shampoos, permanent hair dyes or chemicals, hair waxes or removers, and skin products containing alcohol, spices, astringents, or lime.

Interaction with other drug

Inova 8/2 is unlikely to be affected by other drugs that you may take orally or even inject. Many drugs interact with each other. Inform your healthcare providers of all the medicines you take, including vitamins and herbal remedies.