Differin lotion

Pronunciation

Generic Name: adapalene (a-DAP-a-leen)
Brand Name: Differin

Differin lotion is used for:

Treating severe acne. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.

Differin lotion is a retinoid-like compound. Exactly how it works is not known. However, it helps the skin cells renew quicker and decreases blackhead formation.

Do NOT use Differin lotion if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in Differin lotion

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

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Before using Differin lotion:

Some medical conditions may interact with Differin lotion. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

  • if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
  • if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
  • if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
  • if you have eczema or sunburn

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Differin lotion. Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:

  • Products that contain resorcinol, salicylic acid, or sulfur because the risk of skin irritation may be increased

Ask your health care provider if Differin lotion may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.

How to use Differin lotion:

Use Differin lotion as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Differin lotion is for external use only. Avoid contact with the eyes, lips, angles of the nose, and mucous membranes. Exposure of Differin lotion to the eye may cause swelling, redness, and irritation.
  • Do not apply Differin lotion to cuts, damaged or sunburned skin, or eczema.
  • Use Differin lotion in the evening before bedtime unless directed otherwise by your doctor.
  • Before applying Differin lotion, clean the area to be treated with mild soap or soapless cleanser and gently dry.
  • Apply a thin film of Differin lotion to the entire face and other affected areas, as directed by your doctor. Use an amount about the size of a nickel (3 to 4 pumps) to cover the entire face. Rub in gently. Wash your hands immediately after using Differin lotion.
  • A mild sensation of warmth or slight stinging may occur shortly after using Differin lotion.
  • If you miss a dose of Differin lotion, use it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not use 2 doses at once. If several applications are missed, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Differin lotion.

Important safety information:

  • Differin lotion may cause you to become sunburned more easily. Avoid the sun, sunlamps, or tanning booths until you know how you react to Differin lotion. Use a sunscreen or wear protective clothing if you must be outside for more than a short time.
  • Do not use more than the recommended dose or more often than prescribed without checking with your doctor. Doing so will not make Differin lotion work faster or better, but may increase the risk of skin irritation.
  • Acne may worsen temporarily when you begin using Differin lotion. This is normal and not a cause for concern. Continue to use Differin lotion. If your condition does not improve within 12 weeks, check with your doctor.
  • Do not use other medicines or skin products on the affected area without first checking with your doctor. Some other products may increase the risk of skin irritation.
  • Skin moisturizers may be used if necessary. Do not use moisturizers that contain alpha hydroxy or glycolic acids.
  • Certain cosmetic procedures, such as waxing, should not be performed on treated skin because of possible irritation.
  • Cosmetics may be used while using Differin lotion. After using cosmetics, thoroughly wash and dry the affected area before applying Differin lotion.
  • Wind and cold temperatures can also irritate the affected skin.
  • Differin lotion should be used with extreme caution in CHILDREN younger than 12 years old; safety and effectiveness in these children have not been confirmed.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using Differin lotion while you are pregnant. It is not known if Differin lotion is found in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you use Differin lotion, check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of Differin lotion:

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:

Dry skin; feeling of warmth; irritation; itching; peeling; redness; scaling; temporary burning and stinging.

Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); blistering; crusting; excessive redness or peeling; swelling.

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. To report side effects to the appropriate agency, please read the Guide to Reporting Problems to FDA.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center, or emergency room immediately. Differin lotion may be harmful if swallowed.

Proper storage of Differin lotion:

Store Differin lotion at room temperature, between 68 and 77 degrees F (20 and 25 degrees C). Brief storage at temperatures between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C) is permitted. Store away from heat and light. Do not freeze or refrigerate. Keep Differin lotion out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about Differin lotion, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Differin lotion is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
  • If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.
  • Check with your pharmacist about how to dispose of unused medicine.

This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take Differin lotion or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about Differin lotion. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to Differin lotion. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using Differin lotion.

Issue Date: July 2, 2014
Database Edition 14.3.1.001
Copyright © 2014 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc.

Disclaimer: This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take this medicine or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about this medicine. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to this medicine. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.

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