What is this medication for?
Adapalene belongs to a family of medications known as retinoids. It is used to treat common forms of acne. It works by reducing the number of acne blocked oil glands (plugs or comedones) and preventing the formation of the plugs. You may see an improvement in acne in about 8 to 12 weeks.
Your doctor may have suggested this medication for conditions other than those listed here. As well, some forms of this medication may not be used for all of the conditions discussed here. If you are not sure why you are being given this medication, speak to your doctor. Do not stop using this medication without consulting your doctor.
Do not give this medication to anyone else, even if they have the same symptoms as you do. It can be harmful for people to use this medication if their doctor has not prescribed it.
What form(s) does this medication come in?
Differin® is available as:
Some medications may have other generic brands available. Always ask your doctor or pharmacist about the safety of switching between brands of the same medication.
How should I use this medication?
Apply a thin layer of adapalene once a day before bedtime, after washing the area with a gentle cleanser and drying gently with a towel. It should be applied to all the areas that are prone to acne. Avoid applying to the eyes, lips, angles of the nose, and mucous membranes.
Many things can affect the dose of medication that a person needs, such as body weight, other medical conditions, and other medications. If your doctor has recommended a dose different from the ones listed here, do not change the way that you are using the medication without consulting your doctor.
It is important to use this medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor.
If you miss one application, do not apply it more than once per day. Skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule the following day at bedtime. Do not apply a double dose to make up for a missed one. If you are not sure what to do after missing an application, contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.
Store this medication at room temperature and keep it out of the reach of children.
Who should NOT take this medication?
Adapalene should not be used by anyone who is allergic to adapalene or to any of the other ingredients of the medication.