adapalene, Differin

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GENERIC NAME: adapalene

BRAND NAME: Differin

DRUG CLASS AND MECHANISM: Adapalene is a gel used for the treatment of acne vulgaris (pimples). The exact mechanism of action is not known. Scientists believe that when adapalene is applied to the skin, it affects the growth of skin cells and thereby reduces the formation of pimples.

PRESCRIBED FOR: The topical treatment of acne vulgaris.

SIDE EFFECTS: The most common side effects of adapalene are:

  • irritation,
  • redness,
  • dryness, and
  • itching
  • flares of acne.

Most of these side effects lessen with continued use; however, if they are bothersome, decreasing the frequency with which adapalene is applied may reduce these side effects.

Adapalene may increase the sensitivity of the skin to sun and lead to sunburn. Excessive sun exposure should be avoided, and sunscreens should be used over the treated areas if exposure to the sun cannot be avoided. Adapalene should not be applied to sunburned skin, cuts, eyes, nose, or lips.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 12/22/2015



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