ADAPALENE/BENZOYL PEROXIDE GEL - TOPICAL
PHONETIC PRONUNCIATION: (a-DAP-a-leen/BEN-zoh-il per-OX-ide)
COMMON BRAND NAME(S): Epiduo
GENERIC NAME(S): adapalene/benzoyl peroxide
USES: This medication is used on the skin to treat acne. This medication is a combination of adapalene (a retinoid) and benzoyl peroxide (an antibiotic and skin-peeling agent). This product may decrease the number and severity of acne pimples and promote quick healing of pimples that do appear. Adapalene works by affecting the growth of cells and decreasing swelling and inflammation. Benzoyl peroxide works by reducing the amount of acne-causing bacteria and by causing the skin to dry and peel off..
How to use ADAPALENE/BENZOYL PEROXIDE GEL - TOPICAL
HOW TO USE: Wash your hands before applying this medication. Gently clean the affected skin with a mild or soapless cleanser and pat dry. Apply a thin layer of this medication usually once daily or as directed by your doctor. Use your fingertips to apply a small amount of medication (about the size of a pea) to the affected areas of skin. Use this medication on the skin only. Do not apply to the inner lip area, inside the nose/mouth, or on mucous membranes. Do not apply to cut, scraped, sunburned or eczema-affected skin. Avoid getting this medication in your eyes. If this medication gets into your eyes, flush with large amounts of water. Call your doctor if eye irritation develops. Wash your hands after using the medication to avoid accidentally getting it in your eyes. Your dosage and treatment plan is based on your medical condition and response to treatment. During the first few weeks of using adapalene, your acne might appear worse because the medication is working on pimples forming inside the skin. Use this medication regularly to get the most benefit from it. To help you remember, use it at the same time each day. Do not use a larger amount or use it more frequently than recommended. Your skin will not improve any faster, and it will increase the risk of developing redness, peeling, and pain. Tell your doctor if your condition does not improve or if it worsens.
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Faq for ADAPALENE/BENZOYL PEROXIDE GEL - TOPICAL
- Adapalene/Benzoyl Peroxide Gel is used to treat acne by reducing the number of acne pimples and promoting the healing of existing ones.
- Adapalene/Benzoyl Peroxide Gel works by preventing the formation of acne-causing bacteria and reducing inflammation in the skin.
- The common side effects include dryness, redness, peeling, and itching of the skin.
- Apply a thin layer of the gel to the affected areas of the skin once daily, preferably in the evening, after gently washing and drying the skin.
- It is advisable to consult a healthcare professional before using Adapalene/Benzoyl Peroxide Gel if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
- Results may vary, but it typically takes several weeks of consistent use before improvement in acne is noticeable.
- Adapalene/Benzoyl Peroxide Gel may cause irritation on sensitive skin. It is recommended to start with a lower concentration or use it less frequently to minimize irritation.
- It is best to consult a healthcare professional or pharmacist before using other skincare products alongside Adapalene/Benzoyl Peroxide Gel to ensure compatibility and effectiveness.
- Seek immediate medical attention if you accidentally swallow the gel. It is generally not for oral use and should be kept away from the mouth.
IMPORTANT: HOW TO USE THIS INFORMATION: This is a summary and does NOT have all possible information about this product. This information does not assure that this product is safe, effective, or appropriate for you. This information is not individual medical advice and does not substitute for the advice of your health care professional. Always ask your health care professional for complete information about this product and your specific health needs.