adapalene - benzoyl peroxide

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What is this medication for?

Adapalene - benzoyl peroxide is a combination product used to treat acne vulgaris in people 12 years of age and older. Adapalene belongs to the family of medications known as retinoids. It works by reducing the number of acne-blocked oil glands (plugs or comedones) and preventing the formation of the plugs. Benzoyl peroxide is a medication that has antibacterial effects and is a peeling agent. It works by killing the bacteria that often cause pimples, drying the acne pimples and peeling off skin cells.

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 using 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?

EpiduoTM is available as:

  • topical gel
    • adapalene 0.1% and benzoyl peroxide 2.5%
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?

Adapalene - benzoyl peroxide should be applied to the affected areas on the face and body once daily after washing with a mild soap or soapless cleanser. After washing, pat the skin dry (do not rub) before applying the medication.

A pea-size amount of gel should be applied to each area of the face (i.e., forehead, each cheek, and chin) and gently rubbed into the skin. This medication should not be applied on or around the eyes, lips, face, or genital areas.

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.

Do not apply adapalene - benzoyl peroxide to cut, sunburned, or broken skin.

It is important that this medication be used exactly as prescribed by your doctor. If you miss a dose, apply it as soon as possible and continue with your regular schedule. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not apply a double dose to make up for a missed one. If you are not sure what to do after missing a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.

Store this medication at room temperature, protect it from light and heat, and keep it out of the reach of children.

Who should NOT take this medication?

Adapalene-benzoyl peroxide gel should not be used by anyone who is allergic to adapalene, benzoyl peroxide or to any of the ingredients of the medication.

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