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adapalene and benzoyl peroxide (topical) (cont.)

What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before using adapalene and benzoyl peroxide topical (Epiduo)?

You should not use this medication if you are allergic to adapalene (Differin) or benzoyl peroxide.

Before using this medication, tell your doctor about all other medicated skin products you are using. Using more than one acne medication at a time could cause severe skin irritation.

FDA pregnancy category C. It is not known whether this medication is harmful to an unborn baby. Before using adapalene and benzoyl peroxide topical, tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during treatment.

It is not known whether adapalene and benzoyl peroxide passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

How should I use adapalene and benzoyl peroxide topical (Epiduo)?

Use adapalene and benzoyl peroxide topical exactly as your doctor has prescribed it for you. Using more medicine or applying it more often than prescribed will not make it work any faster, and may increase side effects. Do not use this medication for longer than your doctor has prescribed.

Wash your hands before and after applying this medication.

Adapalene and benzoyl peroxide topical is usually applied one time per day. Follow your doctor's instructions.

Clean and pat dry the skin to be treated. Use a pea-sized amount of the gel for each treatment area (chin, forehead, and each cheek). Apply the medicine in a thin layer and rub in gently.

Do not apply any other skin products unless your doctor has told you to.

Store adapalene and benzoyl peroxide topical at room temperature away from moisture and heat.

Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

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