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Adapalene

Medical and Pharmacy Editor:

Brand Name: Differin

Generic Name: Adapalene

Drug Class: Acne Agents, Topical

What Is Adapalene and How Does It Work?

Adapalene is used to treat acne. It may decrease the number and severity of acne pimples and promote quick healing of pimples that do develop. Adapalene belongs to a class of medications called retinoids. It works by affecting the growth of cells and decreasing swelling and inflammation.

Adapalene is available under the following different brand names: Differin.

Dosages of Adapalene:

Dosage Forms and Strengths

Topical cream

  • 0.1% (Rx)

Topical gel

  • 0.1% (OTC)
  • 0.3% (Rx)

Topical lotion

  • 0.1% (Rx)

Dosage Considerations – Should be Given as Follows:

Acne Vulgaris

  • Adults: Apply thin film to entire face and other affected areas of the skin at bedtime after washing gently with non-medicated soap
  • Children 12 years and older: Apply thin film to entire face and other affected areas of the skin at bedtime after washing gently with non-medicated soap
  • Children under 12 years: Safety and efficacy not established
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 8/10/2017



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