Differin, which comes with a generic name adapalene, is a topical medicine (a medication that is applied to the surface of the skin) similar to vitamin A. It helps the skin to renew itself. Differin is used to treat severe acne in people who are at least 12 years old. It works by decreasing acne formation. Avoid getting Differin in your eyes, in the creases of your nose, or on your lips. If it does get into any of these areas, wash with water.
How to apply
When you buy Differin online, use it exactly as your doctor has prescribed it to 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 or more than your doctor has prescribed. Wash your hands before applying Differin. 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. Avoid application to the areas of skin around eyes, lips and mucous membranes.
In the condition of missing an application, skip the missed application and apply the medicine at your next regularly scheduled time. Never apply extra medicine to make up the missed application, incase of an over application, contact your doctor to seek medical attention and advice.
Encounter with other drugs
This list may not be complete, as Differin might clash with other drugs too, not mentioned above, to avoid such scenario, always tell your doctor about the other medication you use or you are about to start. It is not likely that other drugs you take orally or inject will have an effect on topically applied Differin. Tell your doctor about all your prescription and over-the-counter medications, vitamins, minerals and herbal products, like: I-buprofenLexapro (escitalopram); Lyrica (pregabalin); Seroquel (quetiapine); Seroquel XR (quetiapine); Singulair (montelukast); Topamax (topiramate); Albuterol; Benzaclin (benzoyl peroxide/clindamycin topical); (amphetamine/dextroamphetamine); Advair Diskus (fluticasone/salmeterol); Clindamycin topical; Doxycycline; Fexofenadine; Wellbutrin XL (bupropion).
Stop using Differin and get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: Flares of acne have also been noted; Irritation; Redness; Dryness or itching of the skin in the treated areas; Increase in the sensitivity of the skin to sun, leading to sunburns. During the first 4 weeks of using Differin, your skin may be dry, red or scaly. You may also feel some burning or stinging. Call your doctor if these side effects are severe or do not go away themselves.
Store it well
When you buy Differin, store it at room temperature away from moisture and heat and direct light. Keep it somewhere children cannot reach.
Disclaimer: the above information provided is for your own reference. If you need to start the medicine under any circumstance(s) please consult your health care facilitator for a detailed plan to follow up.