What is Differin (Adapalene) used for?
Differin Gel (Adapalene) is a retinoid medication prescribed to treat patients who are suffering from mild to moderate acne. It operates by preventing the reproduction of bacteria cells allowing the immune system to destroy them naturally. This action stops the blockage of pores that cause pimples. Your doctor may also prescribe it to treat other unlisted conditions.
How should I use Differin (Adapalene)?
Follow your doctor`s instructions for using Differin Gel (Adapalene) to get the most effective results from treatment. It is normally applied to the affected area of skin once each day, but your particular instructions will depend on the severity of your symptoms. Wash and dry the skin being treated prior to use to remove any dirt or loose skin. Use your fingertips or a cotton swab to apply a thin layer of gel to the skin. Wash your hands after each application to prevent it from contacting any areas not being treated or mucous membranes to avoid causing unexpected health problems. Always ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions about using the medicine to ensure the correct results from treatment.
What are the side effects of Differin (Adapalene)?
Differin Gel (Adapalene) may cause side effects in some patients such as:
Stop using the medicine and contact your doctor as soon as any worrying symptoms appear or you experience any signs of an allergic reaction such as hives, swelling, or difficulty breathing. These conditions may require reduced frequency of administration or emergency medical attention in serious cases to prevent further health complications from occurring.
Do not apply Differin Gel (Adapalene) to skin that is broken or severely damaged. It is also important to keep the gel from contacting any mucous membranes including the eyes, ears, or nose as this may cause unexpected complications.
Strictly use Differin Gel (Adapalene) as prescribed and follow all instructions provided by your doctor. Safe, suitable, and optimum dosage can vary and is dependent on the patient`s health and medical history, as well as the condition you are treating.
Differin Gel (Adapalene) may not be safe or suitable for all patients. Always ensure your doctor is informed if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, using any other type of medication (including non-prescription medicine, vitamins, and supplements), as well as if you have any allergies, other illnesses, or pre-existing medication conditions.
Seek immediate medical attention or proceed to your nearest accident and emergency department if you suffer a hypersensitive or allergic reaction. Symptoms usually present during a reaction of this nature include difficulty breathing or swallowing, swelling of the limbs or face, tight chest, hives, and skin rashes.