Adapalene

Description

Adapalene is used in the treatment of acne. It helps in the faster healing of the formed pimples and also decreases the number and severity of acne pimples.

Side effects

Major & minor side effects for Adapalene

  • Hypersensitivity
  • Burning and stinging
  • Itching of skin
  • Redness of skin
  • Contact dermatitis

Uses of Adapalene

What is it prescribed for?

  • Acne vulgaris
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Concerns

Commonly asked questions

  • Onset of action
    The time required for this medicine to show its effect is not clinically established.
  • Duration of effect
    There is no well-established clinical data available regarding the duration of action of this medicine.
  • Safe with alcohol?
    Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.
  • Is it habit forming?
    No habit forming tendencies were reported.
  • Usage in pregnancy?
    This medicine is not recommended for use in pregnant women unless absolutely necessary. Discuss with the doctor all the potential risks and benefits before using this medicine.
  • Usage while breast-feeding?
    This medicine is not recommended for use in breastfeeding women unless absolutely necessary. Discuss with the doctor all the potential risks and benefits before using this medicine.

Allergy

This medicine is not recommended for use in patients with a known allergy to adapalene or any other ingredients present with it.
Warnings for special population

Pregnancy

This medicine is not recommended for use in pregnant women unless absolutely necessary. Discuss with the doctor all the potential risks and benefits before using this medicine.

Breast-feeding

This medicine is not recommended for use in breastfeeding women unless absolutely necessary. Discuss with the doctor all the potential risks and benefits before using this medicine.
General warnings

Route of administration

This medicine is for external use only.

Use in pediatrics

This medicine is not recommended for use in children under the age of 12 years.

Waxing

Do not use waxing as a hair removal method for the area treated with Adapalene due to the increased risk of skin erosions.

Missed Dose

If a dose of Adapalene is missed, apply the missed dose as soon as you remember it. If it is almost the time for the next dose, continue with the normal dosing schedule. Do not apply a double dose to make up for the forgotten dose.

Overdose

Seek emergency medical treatment or contact a doctor immediately if there is an overdose of this medicine.
All drugs interact differently for person to person. You should check all the possible interactions with your doctor before starting any medicine.
Interaction with Alcohol

Description

Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.

Instructions

Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.
Interaction with Medicine

Isotretinoin

Disease interactions

Eczema

Topical use of Adapalene in patients with eczema is not recommended due to the severe irritation caused by this medicine on the eczematous skin. Discuss with the doctor about all your medical conditions before using this medicine. Use this medicine only as per the doctor's instructions.

Sunburn

Caution is advised while using Adapalene in patients with sunburnt skin due to the increased risk of extreme irritation of the skin. It is recommended to avoid prolonged exposure to sunlight or sunlamps and to use sunscreen or protective clothing during treatment with this medicine.
Food interactions
Information not available.
Lab interactions
Information not available.
Strictly follow all the instructions on the label and use Adapalene only as directed. Do not use more than what is prescribed or share this medication with other people. It is advised that you should inform the doctor about all the medicines or herbal products that you are using and about all your medical conditions before using this medicine. You are advised to complete the prescribed course of treatment even if the symptoms get better.
Miscelleneous

Usage does not depend on food timings

To be taken as instructed by doctor

Does not cause sleepiness

How it works
Adapalene prevents the swelling and inflammation of the skin by affecting the growth of skin cells. This results in decreased occurrence of pimples.
Legal Status

Approved

Approved

Approved

Approved

Classification

Category

Retinoid like compound

Schedule

N/A

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Information on this page was last updated on 7 Aug 2017

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