adapalene, Differin

  • Pharmacy Author:
    Omudhome Ogbru, PharmD

    Dr. Ogbru received his Doctorate in Pharmacy from the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy in 1995. He completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency at the University of Arizona/University Medical Center in 1996. He was a Professor of Pharmacy Practice and a Regional Clerkship Coordinator for the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy from 1996-99.

  • Medical and Pharmacy Editor: Jay W. Marks, MD
    Jay W. Marks, MD

    Jay W. Marks, MD

    Jay W. Marks, MD, is a board-certified internist and gastroenterologist. He graduated from Yale University School of Medicine and trained in internal medicine and gastroenterology at UCLA/Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

Get Rid of Adult Acne

GENERIC AVAILABLE: Yes

PRESCRIPTION: Yes

PREPARATIONS: Gel, 0.1%

STORAGE: Store at room temperature, 20 C - 25 C (68 F - 77 F)

DOSING: Wash and dry the affected areas. Apply a thin layer of gel to the affected areas once daily at bedtime. Avoid the eyes, lips and nose. There may be a worsening of acne during the first few weeks of therapy because adapalene promotes the growth of pimples that have begun to form but are not yet visible. Therefore, treatment should not be stopped if acne appears to be worsening. Beneficial effects should be seen by 8 to 12 weeks.

DRUG INTERACTIONS: Excessive skin irritation may occur if adapalene is used with other acne medications.

PREGNANCY: Only very small amounts of adapalene are absorbed through skin and into the body. However, there are no adequate studies in pregnant women.

NURSING MOTHERS: It is not known whether adapalene is excreted in breast milk.

Medically reviewed by Eni Williams, PharmD

Reference: FDA Prescribing Information

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 12/22/2015

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