Epiduo gel is a medication for the treatment of moderate to severe acne pimples. Adapalene and benzoyl peroxide are the active ingredients of Epiduo Gel. The two active ingredients are both useful in the treatment of acne, as they work in different ways.
Epiduo Gel can decrease the severity and number of acne pimples to promote quick healing of the pimples has not appeared yet.
The two active ingredients of Epiduo Gel – benzoyl peroxide and adapalene work differently in providing treatment to acne pimples. Benzoyl peroxide has the ability to reduce reducing the number of bacteria that cause acne and cause the skin to dry and eventually peel off.
Adapalene works by affecting the growth of cells and decreasing swelling and inflammation.
Epiduo Gel combines two medications that are similar to vitamin A and an antibacterial medication that has a mild drying effect used to treat acne in people who are at least 12 years of age.
Epiduo is effective in providing relief to the chronic problem of acne pimples. The gel reduces the bacteria that cause acne and cause the skin to dry and peel off, showing new clear skin free of acne.
It is also effective in decreasing the swelling and inflammation of acne pimples on facial skin.
Wash your hands before you apply this medication on your facial skin. Gently clean the skin that has acne pimples with a mild soap or a soapless skin cleanser and pat dry. Apply a thin layer of Epiduo Gel once daily or as directed by your doctor. Use your fingertips to apply a small amount of medication, about the size of a pea, to the affected areas of the skin.
Use Epiduo Gel on the skin only. Do not apply to the area of the inner lip, inside the mouth or nose, or on mucous membranes. Do not apply the gel to cut, sunburned, scraped, or eczema-affected areas of the skin.
If this medication is accidentally applied into the eyes, flush immediately with water. See your doctor if you develop an eye irritation. Thoroughly wash your hands after applying the medication to avoid the gel accidentally getting into your eyes.
Use this medication regularly to get the most benefit from it. To help you remember that you need to apply Epiduo Gel, use it at about the same time each day. Do not use a larger amount or use it more frequently than what is recommended by your doctor. Your skin will not improve any faster by doing so. It will only increase the risk of developing redness, pain, and peeling.
Inform your doctor if your condition does not improve or if it worsens.
Your dosage and treatment plan is based on your medical condition and your response to the treatment. Epiduo Gel is used for the treatment of acne in patients 9 years of age and older. Children below 9 years of age should not use this medication.
For children older than 9 years and adults: apply a thin film of Epiduo Gel once daily after washing. Use a pea-sized amount for each area of the face, such as the forehead, chin, or cheek. Reduce frequency or discontinue use if prolonged or severe irritation occurs.
This medication may be harmful when swallowed. If someone has overdosed and has serious symptoms such as trouble breathing or passing out, call emergency medical service.
The use of Epiduo Gel may result in some unwanted side effects. Everyone who uses the gel may not experience the side effects. The side effects are usually mild and they typically go away as the body gets used to the medication.
Redness of the skin, dryness, mild burning, peeling, swelling, or worsening of acne may occur during the first 4 weeks of using Epiduo Gel. The effects usually decrease with continued use. If any of these effects worsen or persist, promptly notify your doctor. Your doctor may recommend that you use a moisturizer, decrease the frequency of use of the product, or have you stop using it.
Your doctor prescribed this medication because according to his judgment, the benefits of the medication to you is greater than the risk of side effects.
A very serious allergic reaction to Epiduo Gel is rare. However, seek immediate medical attention if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction such as rash, itching, swelling, trouble breathing, and severe dizziness.
Before using Epiduo Gel, tell your doctor if you are allergic to benzoyl peroxide or adapalene, or to vitamin A-related drugs. Also, inform your doctor if you have other allergies. Epiduo Gel may contain other inactive ingredients that may cause allergic reactions or problems.
Before using Epiduo Gel, tell your doctor your medical history, especially if you have other skin conditions such as eczema.
Epiduo Gel may bleach hair or coloured fabric. Use caution when applying the gel near the hairline, while dressing, and while choosing the colour of towel and bed sheets.
Epiduo Gel may make your skin more sun-sensitive. You should limit your exposure to the sun. You should avoid the use of sunlamps and tanning booths. Use sunscreen and protective clothing every time you go outdoors. Inform your doctor if you have skin blisters or get sunburned. Do not use this product until you have fully recovered from sunburn. The extremes of weather such as cold or wind may be irritating to the skin when you are using Epiduo Gel.
While using Epiduo Gel, avoid electrolysis, waxing, and chemical depilatories for hair removal on the areas being treated.
Epiduo Gel should be used only when extremely by pregnant women. Consult with your doctor about the safety of using Epiduo Gel while pregnant.
It is not established if Epiduo Gel passes into breast milk when applied on the skin. To make sure, consult first with your doctor before breastfeeding while using the medication.
Drug interactions could change how your medications work or increase your risk for serious side effects. Share with your doctor a list of all medications you use, including prescription, non-prescription, and herbal products, before using Epiduo Gel.
Some medications that may interact with Epiduo Gel include drugs that increase your sensitivity to sunlight, water pills, sulfa drugs, and other acne skin treatments.
Avoid using other skin products that irritating, harsh, or drying on the treated areas, such as hair perming solutions, alcohol-containing products, medicated or abrasive soaps or cleansers, cosmetics and soaps with a strong drying effect, and products that contain resorcinol, sulfur, and salicylic acid.
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