Epiduo

Generic Name: Benzoyl Peroxide

  • What is this medication and its most common uses?

    Epiduo is a topical medicine (applied directly on the skin) used to treat acne. Epiduo is available as a gel that contains 2 medicines that work in different ways to treat your acne: adapalene and benzoyl peroxide.

  • What should I know when beginning and continuing on this medication?

    How does this medication work?

    Adapalene helps to unclog blocked pores and stop acne from forming. Benzoyl peroxide helps to kill the bacteria that lead to breakouts of pimples. Together, they help to treat your acne.

    What are the beneficial effects of this medication and when should I begin to have results?

    What: Epiduo has been shown to clear or almost clear acne.

    When: Everyone responds differently to treatment, so try to be patient and follow your healthcare provider's directions. It is important that you use Epiduo exactly as your healthcare provider has prescribed.

    How do I know it is working?

    You may start to notice an improvement in your acne once you start using Epiduo. This is a good indicator that your medication is working.

  • What are the possible side effects of this medication?

    The following is not a full list of side effects. Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your healthcare provider as soon as possible. Only your healthcare provider can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this medication.

    More common side effects may include: dry skin, application-site burning or irritation.

    Less common side effects may include:

    Epiduo may cause skin reactions, such as redness, scaling, and stinging.

  • Who should not take this medication?

    Do not use Epiduo if you are allergic to it or any of its ingredients.

  • What should I tell my healthcare provider before I take the first dose of this medication?

    Tell your healthcare provider about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Epiduo. Also, talk to your healthcare provider about your complete medical history, especially if you have other skin problems (including cuts or sunburn).

  • What is the usual dosage?

    The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your healthcare provider uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your healthcare provider may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your healthcare provider's approval.

    Adults and children >9 years: Apply a pea-sized amount to the affected area(s) once a day.

  • How should I take this medication?

    Use Epiduo exactly as prescribed by your healthcare provider. Do not change your dose or stop using Epiduo without first talking to your healthcare provider.

    Apply Epiduo once a day after washing.

    Do not apply Epiduo to cuts, abrasions, eczema, or sunburned skin.

    Epiduo may bleach your clothes or hair. Allow Epiduo to dry completely before dressing to prevent bleaching of your clothes.

  • What should I avoid while taking this medication?

    Do not expose yourself to sunlamps or tanning beds, and try to limit your time in the sun, as Epiduo can increase your sensitivity to light. If you need to be outdoors, use sunscreen and wear a hat and loose-fitting clothes that protect your skin from the sun.

    Do not expose yourself to weather extremes such as wind and cold, as this may irritate your skin.

    Do not use skin products that may dry or irritate your skin such as hard soaps, cosmetics that have strong skin-drying effects, or products containing high levels of alcohol.

    Do not wax the skin treated with Epiduo.

    Do not use Epiduo in your mouth, eyes, or vagina.

    Do not get Epiduo in your eyes or lips.

  • What are the possible food and drug interactions associated with this medication?

    No significant interactions have been reported with Epiduo at this time. However, always tell your healthcare provider about any medicines you take, including over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and herbal supplements.

  • May I receive this medication if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

    The effects of Epiduo during pregnancy and breastfeeding are unknown. Tell your healthcare provider immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

  • What should I do if I miss a dose of this medication?

    If you miss a dose of Epiduo, apply it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the one you missed and return to your regular dosing schedule. Do not apply two doses at once.

  • How should I store this medication?

    Store at room temperature. Protect from light and heat.