adapalene topical (cont.)
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What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before using adapalene topical (Differin)?
You should not use this medication if you are allergic to adapalene.
FDA pregnancy category C. This medication may be harmful to an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during treatment.
It is not known whether adapalene topical passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Do not use adapalene topical without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.
How should I use adapalene topical (Differin)?
Use adapalene 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.
Adapalene topical is usually applied once daily in the evening.
Wash your hands before applying adapalene topical.
Clean your skin with a mild cleanser (not soap) before applying the medication. Pat the skin dry with a clean towel.
Apply the medication in a thin layer to the entire face or other affected skin areas. Do not apply any other skin products unless your doctor has told you to.
Use this medication for as many days as it has been prescribed for you even if you think it is not working. It may take weeks or months of use before you notice improvement in your skin. Your acne may get slightly worse for a short time when you first start using the medication. Call your doctor if skin irritation becomes severe or if your acne does not improve within 8 to 12 weeks.
Store adapalene topical at room temperature away from moisture and heat.
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