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Adapalene Topical

Generic Name

  • Adapalene Topical.

Brand names

  • Differin.

General Information

Adapalene is a compound similar to vitamin A. It works partly by keeping skin pores clear. Adapalene topical is used to treat acné. Adapalene topical may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this medication guide. Adapalene topical is the FDA pregnancy category C. This means that it is not known whether adapalene topical will harm an unborn baby. Do not use this medication without first talking to your doctor if you are pregnant. When applying adapalene topical, avoid your eyes, the inside of your nose and mouth, your lips, and areas where the skin is broken to prevent excessive irritation. If you get medication in any of these areas, rinse it off with water. A brief sensation of warmth or stinging may occur immediately after applying the medication. Skin redness, dryness, itching, scaling, mild burning, or worsening of acne may occur during the first 2-4 weeks of using the medication. This medication is available in different strengths and forms (e.g., gel, cream, solution). The best type of medication for you to use will depend on the condition of your skin and your response to therapy.

Adapalene-topical Dosage

  • Adults and teenagers - Apply a small amount as a thin film once a day, at least one hour before bedtime. Apply the medicine to dry, clean areas affected by acne. Rub in gently and well.
  • Children - Use and dose must be determined by your doctor.

Side Effects of Adapalene-topical

The following side effects of Adapalene-topical may includes:

  • Burning sensation or stinging of skin. 
  • Dryness and peeling of skin.
  • Redness of skin. 
  • Increased sensitivity to the sun.

Warnings and precautions before taking Adapalene-topical

  • Do not use adapalene on sunburned, windburned, dry, chapped, or irritated skin or on open wounds.
  • Do not cover the affected area after applying adapalene topical.
  • Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: eczema.
  • Do not apply two doses at the same time.
  • It is not known whether this drug passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.
  • Cold temperatures or wind may also cause skin irritation while you are using this medicine.


  • An overdose of adapalene topical is unlikely to occur.
  • If you do suspect an overdose, or if adapalene topical has been ingested, call a poison control left or emergency room for advice.
  • US residents can call the US national poison hotline at 1-800-222-1222.
  • Canadian residents should call their local poison control center directly. This medication may be harmful if swallowed.



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