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Composition for ADAPAN

Adapalene Topical(0.1% w/w)

food interaction for ADAPAN

alcohol interaction for ADAPAN

pregnancy interaction for ADAPAN

lactation interaction for ADAPAN

It can be taken with or without food, but it is better to take it at a fixed time.
Interaction with alcohol is unknown. Please consult your doctor.
It may be unsafe to use during pregnancy.
Animal studies have shown adverse effects on the foetus, however, there are limited human studies. The potential benefits may outweigh the risks. Please consult your doctor.
It is probably safe to use during breastfeeding. Please consult your doctor.


Adapalene Topical(0.1% w/w)


Adapalene is used topically for the treatment of severe acne on the face, chest, back, spots and pimples.

How it works

Adapalene belongs to the class of medications called as retinoid-like compounds. It exhibits an anti-inflammatory effect and reduces soreness and irritation. It works by stopping pimple formation under the surface of the skin and helps the skin to renew.

Common side effects

Application site itching, Burning sensation, Tingling sensation, Scaling of skin, Skin redness


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Expert advice for ADAPAN

  • Avoid contact of cream/ gel with the eyes, lips, mouth or angles of the nose, and other sensitive areas of the body. 
  • Avoid excessive sun exposure and wear protective clothing while using adapalene topical. Use of sunscreen products and protective clothing over the treated area.
  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant or are breastfeeding.
  • Do not use if you are allergic to adapalene or any of its ingredients.

Frequently asked questions for ADAPAN

Adapalene Topical

Q. Is adapalene/Differin/Adaferin a steroid or statin?
No, adapalene, Differin (brand name for adapalene, Adaferin (brand name for adapalene) belong to class of medications called retinoid-like compounds.
Q. Is adapalene topical good for wrinkles?
In some clinical studies, anti-wrinkle effect of adapalene has been observed. However, consult your doctor regarding its use.
Q. Is adapalene the same as Retin-A?
No, Adapalene is a medication that works in the same way as Retin-A, but it is more effective than Retin-A.
Q. Does adapalene topical reduces acne scars?
Yes, adapalene topical reduces acne scars.
Q. Does adapalene topical cause skin exfoliation?
Yes, it may sometime cause skin exfoliation.


Content on this page was last updated on 12 January, 2016, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)