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What is Differin Gel(Adapalene) prescribed for?
Acne starts with greasy secretions of the skin’s oil glands plug the pores. Depending on the opening of the pore, the clog can take form of a blackhead or pimples. And while acne is mostly seen in youths, mostly teens, about 20% of adults still share the burden of acne.
This medication is used to treat acne, and in using it you may decrease the number and the severity of acne pimples and promote a quick healing for pimples that do develop. Overall, this medication functions by affected the growth of the cells and decreasing the swelling and inflammation.
If you are given any material on this medication, be sure to read it and if you have any questions direct them to your doctor.
The gel should be applied to the affected areas of the skin, only once daily, and usually at nighttime. Wash your hands beforehand. And once the affected areas have been cleaned and dried, layer a thin film of gel on where the acne lesions appear. Use enough to cover the entire affected areas lightly. While apply you may feel a warmth and a slight stinging. This may occur shortly after you have applied this medication.
Use this medication on the skin only, do not make contact with the eyes, nose or mouth. If this medication does get into the eyes, flush thoroughly, and call your doctor if an irritation persists.
Make sure to follow your doctor’s instructions carefully. Use only what has been given to do and what has been prescribed to you.
Before taking this medication, inform your doctor if you are allergic to Adapalene; or to vitamin A-related drugs (other retinoids such as isotretinoin); or if you have any other allergies in general.
This medication may make you more sensitive to the sun. Limit your time in the sun. Avoid tanning booths and sunlamps. Weather extremes such as wind or cold may also be irritating to the skin. Use sunscreen daily and wear protective clothing when outdoors. Tell your doctor right away if you get sunburned or have skin blisters/redness. Wait until your skin has completely recovered from a sunburn before using adapalene.
Avoid electrolysis, waxing and chemical depilatories for hair removal on the treated areas while using this product.
If you have recently used products containing sulfur, resorcinol or salicylic acid, use adapalene with caution. Wait until the effects of such products on the skin have decreased before using adapalene.
A brief sensation of warmth or stinging may occur right 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. These effects usually decrease with continued use. If any of these effects lasts or gets worse, tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly. Your doctor may want you to decrease how often you use adapalene, change the strength, or have you stop using it.
There is some serious side effects to this medication, and if you are encountering any of them, notify your doctor right away. These side effects are listed below; very red/irritated skin, an intense burning sensation, eye redness and watering (conjunctivitis), eyelid swelling, skin discoloration.
What happens if I suddenly stop taking this medication?
There may be a relapse in symptoms as well as side effects. You should speak your doctor before stop taking this medication.
What is the best dosage to take?
The diagnosis with your doctor will be able to determine the best dosage for your treatment. Work with your doctor closely for dosage and dosing schedules.
What happens if I miss a dose?
You should take the missed dose as soon you realize you have forgotten. If the forgotten dose is closer to your next scheduled dose, take the next schedule dose to avoid overlapping in dose.
What is the best way to store this medication?
This medication is stored at room temperature, and should be kept away from children and pets. Do not throw away this medication in the wastebasket. If you are uncertain how to dispose of this medication speak with your pharmacist for help in safely disposing of this medication.
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