adapalene, Differin (cont.)

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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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