Why it is prescribed :
This medication is a retinoid-like compound, prescribed for mild to moderate acne.
It works by stopping pimples from forming under the surface of the skin.
When it is not to be taken (Contraindications):
Category C :
Animal studies have shown adverse effects on the fetus and there are no appropriate studies in pregnant women, but potential benefits may allow the use of the drug in pregnant women despite the potential for risks.
Dosage & When it is to be taken (Indications):
Topical- A thin film of gel should be applied once a day to affected areas after washing the skin.
How it should be taken :
It comes as a gel, a solution (liquid), and cream to apply to the skin as directed by your physician.
Warnings and Precautions :
Caution should be exercised in patients with history of eczema, sunburn, any allergy, who are taking other medications, during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
Avoid exposure to sunlight.
Avoid contact with mouth; otherwise it may be harmful.
Avoid getting pregnant while you are using adapalene.
Waxing should not be performed on treated skin.
Avoid applying on make-up and moisturizers.
Side Effects :
A brief sensation of warmth or stinging may occur immediately after applying the medication, redness, dryness, itching of the skin and scaling, mild burning, or worsening of acne may occur during the first 2-4 weeks of using the medication.
Other Precautions :
Avoid excess dosage.
It is recommended to use a mild soap and lukewarm water to wash with while on this medication.
Storage Conditions :
Store it at room temperature (25°C), away from excess heat and moisture.