What Is Adapalene Gel- Uses, Dosage, Side Effects

11 Nov
By Marie

Adapalene gel  is a topical medication which is similar to the vitamin A. The drug helps the skin to renew itself. It helps to treat the problem of acne.

What is Adapalene and how does it work?

Adapalene belongs to the class of medications named retinoid- like compounds. The drug deals with treating the problem of acne Vulgaris.It works by decreasing the number and severity of acne, pimples and promotes quick healing of pimples that are developed. It aims to affect the growth of the cells and decrease swelling and inflammation.

Things to be kept in mind

Avoid using the medication if you are allergic to adapalene. FDA pregnancy category C. The drug can be harmful to the unborn child. Make sure you consult with your doctor and tell him if you are or planning to conceive during the course of the treatment. It is still not known if adapalene gel passes into breast milk or if it may harm anursing baby. Always keep a check and tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding.

How much to apply it?

Apply the sufficient amount of Adapalene gel to the affected area once a day. You could apply a thin film of the gel on the skin, avoiding areas like lips, eyes, angles of the nose and mucous membranes.

What are the strengths available?

Adapalene is available on our website in the following strength:

Adaferin Gel – 1% (15gm)

Who is the manufacturer?

Adapalene gel is manufactured by Galderma Laboratories. It is available on our website in the pack of 1, 3 and 6 tubes.

How to apply Adapalene gel?

Use Adapalene Gel as directed by your doctor or check the label given on the drug for the exact usage information.

  • Avoid using other medications on the skin without discussing with your doctor.
  • Do not use the drug on the cuts, sunburned skin or abrasions.
  • Clean thearea before you apply the gel on the affected part of the skin.
  • Apply a thin film of the gel to the affected area.

Make sure you ask your health care provider all the questions you may have related to using adapalene gel.

When to apply Adapalene gel?

You could apply the Adapalene gel once in a day during bedtime. Make sure that you follow the prescription label carefully and follow the instructions for usage as given on it.

For how long Adapalene gel should be applied?

Do not discontinue the treatment course in the middle. Follow it as long as it is recommended by a doctor. Even if the results come as positive, then also keep applying the cream and finish the treatment course.

What if you forget a dose?

Always remember to take the dose on time. If you miss a dose, then use it as soon as you remember. If it is time for the next dose, then avoid taking it with a second dose.

What if you overdose?

Consult your doctor immediately the moment you realize that high quantity of Adapalene cream has been used.

What are the side-effects of Adapalene Gel ?

Try not to use Adapalene if you experience symptoms like hives, difficulty in breathing or swelling of the face, lips, mouth, andtongue. During the first four weeks of the medication, you could find the skin turning red, dry and scaly. Burning and stinging sensation may also occur.Other, less serious issues include redness, irritation or itching on the skin. Always consult your doctor if the side-effects gets worse or become bothersome.


Always use the topical skin products with the doctor’s advice. It will be rare that Adapalene Gel interacts with other medications either taken orally or intravenous. Tell your doctor about entire medical history or the medications you take at present. He is the right person to confirm all the medications that may interact with the Adapalene Gel.

Important information to be taken care of:

  • Consult your doctor or health care provider regarding any query about Adapalene Gel.
  • Never share the drug with the other person even if he shares the same symptoms.
  • In the case symptoms do not improve or gets worse, immediately consult your doctor.
  • Check with the pharmacist about proper disposal or handling of the drug.
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