Differin Gel Adapalene and/or alternatives
Differin Gel is a topical gel used to reduce acne related problems and other similar skin conditions. Adapalene (the active ingredient in Differin Gel) belongs to a class of drugs known as retinoids, which are modified forms of vitamin A that work by regulating the formation of the epithelial tissue and oil generation and affecting skin turnover.
Patients can buy Differin Gel in the following forms :
- 0.1% Differin Gel in 45g or 75g tubes
- 0.3% Differin Gel in 45g tubes
The inactive ingredients present in Differin Gel are: carbomer 940, methylparaben, edetate disodium, propylene glycol, poloxamer 124 (182 in case of 0.1% Differin Gel), sodium hydroxide and purified water. The generic name of Differin Gel is Adapalene.
Indications & Dosage of Differin Gel gel
Differin Gel is indicated in the treatment of mild to severe acne.
Only individuals over 12 years of age can buy Differin Gel. It is very important to note that Differin Gel is for external use only.
A thin layer of Differin Gel should be applied on the affected area daily before retiring to bed. Patients should take care to avoid applying this gel near the eyes or lips.
Individuals using Differin Gel should mote that visible results are apparent only after continuous usage for a month or two months. It is necessary to apply Differin Gel after properly cleaning the affected area(s).
Side Effects & Interactions of Differin Gel gel
Side effects of medications are a common phenomenon. Not every patient experiences such side effects, and a majority don’t experience any adverse reactions at all. Given below are some mild side effects of Differin Gel which usually go away after a while and rarely require medical attention:
- Scaling, peeling
- Reddening of the area
- Temporary burning or stinging sensations in the skin where the cream is applied
There are, however, several side effects that tend to become serious and may pose a threat to the general health of the patient. The major side effects of Differin Gel are as follows:
- Crusting of the skin
- Skin discoloration
- Severe and persistent stinging or itching
- Conjunctivitis and swelling of the eyelids
- Severe skin irritability
Patients may experience side effects other than the ones mentioned above. It is necessary for the patients to be aware of the ingredients in Differin Gel to avoid serious allergic reactions like hives, tightening of the chest, breathing difficulties, swelling of the face, lips, etc.
Doctors should be informed about all current medications of the patient to prescribe a proper dosage of the drug and avoid serious and negative drug interactions. Some medications that are known to interact with Differin Gel are: drugs that contain glycolic acid or alpha hydroxy acids, ciprofloxacin, chlorpromazine, sulphamethoxazole, hydrochlorothiazide, sulphur containing products, and astringents.
Warnings & Precautions of Differin Gel gel
There are certain individuals who should not use Differin Gel:
- Those who are allergic to adapalene
- Patients with eczema or sunburns
Pregnant and breastfeeding women should only use Differin Gel if it is clearly indicated by the doctor.
Exposure to sun or extreme weather conditions should be avoided as much as possible during treatment.
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