Differin Cream Adapalene and/or alternatives
Differin 0.1%Manufacturer: Galderma Source Country : United Kingdom
Shipped from : United Kingdom
Adapalene 0.1%Generic Alternative to Differin Cream 0.1%
Manufacturer: A UK MHRA approved Generic Manufacturer Source Country : United Kingdom
Shipped from : United Kingdom
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Description of Differin cream
Differin is a topical cream used to reduce acne related problems and other similar skin conditions. Adapalene (the active ingredient in Differin cream) belongs to a class of drugs known as retinoid, which are modified forms of vitamin A. It works by regulating the formation of the epithelial tissue and oil generation and affecting skin turnover.
Patients suffering from mild to severe acne problems can buy Differin cream only by prescription in a single strength - Differin 0.1%. This drug is also available in different forms like lotion and gel. The generic name for Differin cream is Adapalene.
Indications & Dosage of Differin cream
Differin cream is indicated in the treatment of mild to moderate acne. Other forms of this drug are more effective in severe acne conditions. There may be some off-label uses of this drug.
Only individuals above 12 years of age can buy Differin cream. The application of this medicine needs to be as per doctor’s instructions. It is very important to note that Differin cream is for external use only.
A thin layer of Differin cream should be applied on the affected area daily before retiring to bed. Patients should take care to avoid applying this cream near the eyes or lips.
Individuals using this medicine should be patient as complete results are apparent only after continuous usage for a month or two. It is necessary to apply Differin cream after properly cleaning the affected area(s).
Differin cream should be stored at room temperatures, away from direct sunlight.
Side Effects & Interactions of Differin cream
Side effects of medications are a common phenomenon. Not every patient experiences all the side effects, and some don’t experience any adverse reaction at all. Listed below are some mild side effects of Differin cream 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 which tend to become serious and may pose threats to the general health of the patient. A few of such major side effects of Differin cream 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 cream 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 proper dosage of the drug and avoid serious and negative drug interactions. Some medications known to interact with Differin cream are: medicines that contain glycolic acid or alpha hydroxyl acids, ciprofloxacin, chlorpromazine, sulphamethoxazole, hydrochlorothiazide, sulphur containing products and astringents.
Warnings & Precautions of Differin cream
There are certain individuals who should not use Differin cream:
- Those who are allergic to Adapalene
- Patients with eczema or sunburns
Pregnant and breast feeding women should only use Differin cream if clearly indicated by the doctor.
Exposure to sun or extreme weather conditions should be avoided as much as possible.