Generic Name: adapalene and benzoyl peroxide (a-DAP-a-leen/BEN-zoe-il per-OX-ide)
Brand Name: Epiduo
Epiduo gel is used for:
Treating acne. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.
Epiduo gel is a combination of a retinoid and a keratolytic agent with antibacterial activity. Exactly how Epiduo gel works to treat acne is not known. It helps to decrease acne formation by causing skin peeling and killing bacteria that cause acne.
Do NOT use Epiduo gel if:
- you are allergic to any ingredient in Epiduo gel
Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.
Before using Epiduo gel:
Some medical conditions may interact with Epiduo gel. 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, damaged skin, or a sunburn at the affected area
- if you have a history of skin sensitivity to the sun, or if you spend a lot of time outdoors
- if you are using other medicine to treat acne, especially medicines containing sulfur, resorcinol, or salicylic acid
Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Epiduo gel. Because little, if any, of Epiduo gel is absorbed into the blood, the risk of it interacting with another medicine is low.
Ask your health care provider if Epiduo gel 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 Epiduo gel:
Use Epiduo gel as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.
- An extra patient leaflet is available with Epiduo gel. Talk to your pharmacist if you have questions about this information.
- Do not apply Epiduo gel to eczema or to damaged or sunburned skin.
- Before applying Epiduo gel, clean the area to be treated with mild soap or soapless cleanser and gently dry.
- Apply a thin film of Epiduo gel to the affected skin and the surrounding area. Use a pea-sized amount for each area of the face (eg, forehead, chin, cheek) unless your doctor tells you otherwise. Rub in gently.
- Wash your hands right away after using Epiduo gel.
- A mild sensation of warmth or slight stinging may occur shortly after using Epiduo gel.
- If you miss a dose of Epiduo gel, 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 Epiduo gel.
Important safety information:
- Certain acne products that contain benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid can rarely cause serious and sometimes life-threatening allergic reactions or severe irritation. Before first use, you may need to follow certain steps to make sure you do not have an allergic reaction. Use Epiduo gel as you were told by your doctor or read the package label. Discuss any questions or concerns with your doctor.
- Epiduo gel is for external use only. Do not get it in your eyes, mouth, nose, or in the angles of your nose. Do not get it in your vagina. If you get it in any of these areas, rinse right away with cool water.
- Do not use more than the recommended dose or more often than 1 time daily without checking with your doctor. This will not produce faster results and may increase irritation.
- Acne may worsen in the early stages of using Epiduo gel. This is due to the action of Epiduo gel on unseen lesions. Check with your doctor if your symptoms do not improve after several weeks.
- Do not use other medicines or products on your skin while you are using Epiduo gel without first checking with your doctor.
- Do not use irritating products on the affected skin while you are using Epiduo gel. These products may include abrasive soaps and cleansers, soaps and cosmetics with strong skin-drying effects, and products with high amounts of alcohol, astringents, spices, or limes.
- Cosmetics may be used while you are using Epiduo gel. After using cosmetics, wash and dry the affected area well before you apply Epiduo gel.
- Epiduo gel may cause you to become sunburned more easily. Avoid the sun, sunlamps, or tanning booths until you know how you react to Epiduo gel. Use a sunscreen or wear protective clothing if you must be outside for more than a short time.
- Wind or cold temperatures may irritate the affected area while you are using Epiduo gel.
- Mild redness, scaling, dryness, stinging, or burning may occur when you start Epiduo gel. These effects usually decrease with continued use of Epiduo gel. Talk with your doctor if these effects continue or become bothersome.
- 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 due to possible irritation.
- Epiduo gel may bleach hair and colored fabrics.
- Epiduo gel may cause harm if it is swallowed. If you may have taken it by mouth, contact your poison control center or emergency room right away.
- Epiduo gel should be used with extreme caution in CHILDREN younger than 9 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 Epiduo gel while you are pregnant. It is not known if Epiduo gel is found in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you use Epiduo gel, check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.
Possible side effects of Epiduo gel:
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:
Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:
Dry skin; feeling of warmth; irritation; itching; peeling; redness; scaling; temporary burning and stinging.
Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); blistering; crusting; excessive redness, peeling, or irritation; 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. Epiduo gel may be harmful if swallowed.Proper storage of Epiduo gel:
Store Epiduo gel at room temperature, between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C). Store with cap tightly closed away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep Epiduo gel out of the reach of children and away from pets.
- If you have any questions about Epiduo gel, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
- Epiduo gel 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 Epiduo gel 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 Epiduo gel. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to Epiduo gel. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your health care provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using Epiduo gel.
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.