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Adapalene

INFORMATION

Uses

Adapalene is used in the treatment of acne (pimples).

How it works

Adapalene belongs to class of medications called 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.

Common side effects

Pain, Burning sensation, Scaling of skin, Itching, Skin redness

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Expert advice

  • Do not start or continue adapalene and consult your doctor if you are allergic to adapalene, or to 
  • Do not start or continue adapalene and consult your doctorif you have cuts or scrapes or on sunburnt skin 
  • Do not start or continue adapalene and consult your doctorif you have a skin condition called eczema
  • Avoid contact with the eyes, mouth or angles of the nose, and avoid other very sensitive areas of your body. If accidental contact does occur, immediately wash with warm water.
  • Avoid exposure to strong sunlight and artificial UV light. Use of sunscreen products and protective clothing over the treated area is recommended.
  • If you experience sensitivity or irritation when applying this medicine, stop using it and tell your doctor. You may be asked to use the cream less often, or to stop using it for a short time.
  • Talk with your doctor before taking azathioprine if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant or breast feeding

Frequently asked questions

Adapalene

Q.Is adapalene / Differin/Adaferin a steroid or statin?
No. Adapalene belongs to class of medications called retinoid-like compounds

Q.Is adapalene safe?
Adapalene is safe if used at prescribed doses for the prescribed duration as advised by your doctor

Q.Is adapalene good for wrinkles?
In some clinical studies, anti-wrinkle effect of adapalne 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 reduces acne scars?
Yes

Q.Does adapalene skin exfoliation?
Yes, it may sometime cause skin exfoliation.


Content on this page was last updated on 02 December, 2016, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)