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Differin (Adapalene) - Summary

 
 



DIFFERIN SUMMARY

DIFFERIN®
(adapalene gel)
Gel, 0.1%
Rx Only

Differin® Gel, containing adapalene, is used for the topical treatment of acne vulgaris. Each gram of Differin® Gel contains adapalene 0.1% (1mg) in a vehicle consisting of propylene glycol, carbomer 940, poloxamer 182, edetate disodium, methylparaben, sodium hydroxide, and purified water. May contain hydrochloric acid to adjust pH.

Differin® Gel is indicated for the topical treatment of acne vulgaris.


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NEWS HIGHLIGHTS

Media Articles Related to Differin (Adapalene)

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A laser used to remove unwanted tattoos appears to improve facial acne scarring, according to a study published online by JAMA Dermatology.

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Source: MedicineNet Acne Specialty [2014.11.20]
Title: Laser Used to Remove Tattoos May Help Reduce Acne Scars
Category: Health News
Created: 11/20/2014 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 11/20/2014 12:00:00 AM

Acne (Pimples)
Source: MedicineNet Boils Specialty [2014.10.17]
Title: Acne (Pimples)
Category: Diseases and Conditions
Created: 12/31/1997 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 10/17/2014 12:00:00 AM

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Source: MedicineNet Acne Specialty [2014.10.16]
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Category: Slideshows
Created: 10/16/2014 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 10/16/2014 12:00:00 AM

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Source: MedicineNet Chalazion Specialty [2012.06.01]
Title: Acne Medication May Raise Risk of Eye Infections
Category: Health News
Created: 5/31/2012 2:05:00 PM
Last Editorial Review: 6/1/2012 12:00:00 AM

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Published Studies Related to Differin (Adapalene)

The efficacy, safety, and tolerability of adapalene versus benzoyl peroxide in the treatment of mild acne vulgaris: a randomized trial. [2013]
Topical treatments, such as adapalene and benzoyl peroxide (BPO), are popular in mild-to-moderate acne vulgaris... Both topical adapalene 0.1% and BPO 2.5% gels seem safe and effective in mild acne vulgaris, with a marginal tendency toward the former.

Combination therapy with adapalene-benzoyl peroxide and oral lymecycline in the treatment of moderate to severe acne vulgaris: a multicentre, randomized, double-blind controlled study. [2011.08]
BACKGROUND: Oral antibiotics in association with a topical retinoid with or without benzoyl peroxide (BPO) are the recommended first-line option in the treatment of moderate to severe acne vulgaris. OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the efficacy and safety of oral lymecycline 300 mg with adapalene 0.1%-BPO 2.5% (A/BPO) fixed-dose gel in comparison with oral lymecycline 300 mg with a vehicle gel in subjects with moderate to severe acne vulgaris... CONCLUSION: These results demonstrate the clinical benefit of combining A/BPO with lymecycline in the treatment of moderate to severe acne vulgaris. (c) 2011 The Authors. BJD (c) 2011 British Association of Dermatologists 2011.

A 6-month maintenance therapy with adapalene-benzoyl peroxide gel prevents relapse and continuously improves efficacy among patients with severe acne vulgaris: results of a randomized controlled trial. [2011.06]
BACKGROUND: Acne vulgaris is a chronic and frequently recurring disease. A fixed-dose adapalene-benzoyl peroxide (adapalene-BPO) gel is an efficacious and safe acne treatment. OBJECTIVES: To assess the long-term effect of adapalene-BPO on relapse prevention among patients with severe acne after successful initial treatments... CONCLUSIONS: Adapalene-BPO not only prevents the occurrence of relapse among patients with severe acne, but also continues to reduce disease symptoms during 6 months. (c) 2011 The Authors. BJD (c) 2011 British Association of Dermatologists.

The efficacy of adapalene-benzoyl peroxide combination increases with number of acne lesions. [2011]
vehicle varies with baseline lesion counts... CONCLUSION: The relative benefit of adapalene-BPO increases with higher lesion

Irritation potential of tretinoin gel microsphere pump versus adapalene plus benzoyl peroxide gel. [2010.08]
This single-center, investigator-blinded, randomized, split-face, phase 4 study compared the irritation potential of tretinoin gel microsphere (TGM) 0.04% in a pump dispenser with adapalene 0.1% plus benzoyl peroxide 2.5% gel (ADA-BPO 0.1%/2.5%) in a panel of 170 subjects... While both agents were well tolerated by most patients, TGM 0.04% pump demonstrated significantly better tolerance than ADA-BPO 0.1%/2.5% gel in both neurosensory parameters and signs of contact irritation.

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Clinical Trials Related to Differin (Adapalene)

Differin® Gel x12 Wks vs Tazorac® Cream x12 Wks vs Differin® x6 Wks Switched to Tazorac® x6 Wks for Treatment of Acne [Completed]
To determine the efficacy and safety of 12 weeks of treatment with Differin Gel, 0. 1% compared to 12 weeks of treatment with Tazorac Cream, 0. 1% and compared to 6 weeks treatment with Differin Gel, 0. 1% followed by 6 weeks of treatment with Tazorac Cream

Analysis of Adherence in Subjects Undergoing Differin Gel, 0.1% Treatment of Moderate to Severe Acne Vulgaris [Active, not recruiting]
The purpose of this research study is to see how well the drug works for subjects who have acne. Adapalene 0. 1% (Differin) will be used in this study to treat your acne. Differin is approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat acne.

Pharmacokinetics Study of Dapsone-Adapalene Fixed Combination Gel in Acne [Not yet recruiting]
This study will investigate the pharmacokinetics, safety and tolerability of dapsone and adapalene following topical administration of 2 formulations of dapsone/adapalene fixed combination gel, dapsone 5% gel (ACZONE®), and adapalene 0. 3% gel (Differin®) in subjects with acne vulgaris.

Study for Long-term Treatment of Acne Vulgaris With Skinoren Versus Differin [Recruiting]
The purpose of this study is to assess the effect of Skinoren® 15% gel compared to no therapy on the maintenance of clinical therapy success in subjects with mild to moderate acne vulgaris previously treated for 3 months by a monotherapy of this substance and to assess the effect of Skinoren® 15% gel, compared to Differin® 0. 1% gel on the efficacy and safety during a 9-month long-term treatment period.

Study Comparing Adapalene and Benzoyl Peroxide Gel 0.1%/2.5% to Epiduo� and Both to a Placebo Control in the Treatment of Acne Vulgaris [Recruiting]

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Reports of Suspected Differin (Adapalene) Side Effects

Erythema (4)Blister (4)Skin Irritation (4)Pruritus (3)Burning Sensation (3)Burns Second Degree (3)Burns Third Degree (2)Rash (2)Facial Pain (2)Eye Swelling (2)more >>


PATIENT REVIEWS / RATINGS / COMMENTS

Based on a total of 38 ratings/reviews, Differin has an overall score of 6.89. The effectiveness score is 6.84 and the side effect score is 7.95. The scores are on ten point scale: 10 - best, 1 - worst. Below are selected reviews: the highest, the median and the lowest rated.
 

Differin review by 37 year old female patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Considerably Effective
Side effects:   No Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   Acne
Dosage & duration:   gel .3% (dosage frequency: 2 times a day) for the period of 4 weeks
Other conditions:   enlarged pores
Other drugs taken:   none
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   The pimples become dry. At first there was formation of new pimples, but then pimples started gradually go away; overall the skin started looking healthier and cleaner.
Side effects:   some bearable feeling of heat/burning
Comments:   applied the gel in the morning and at night on nose, cheeks, forehead, and chin.

 

Differin review by 22 year old male patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Moderately Effective
Side effects:   No Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   Acne problem
Dosage & duration:   Apply it all over the face (dosage frequency: every night) for the period of 2 months
Other conditions:   Pits and blemishes over the skin.
Other drugs taken:   Azee
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   Texture of the skin has improved a lot by regularly going for peel sessions and by using the prescribed drugs which has to be used through out the treatment period.
Side effects:   The negative side is controlling acne during the treatment period is little tough as new skin appears , so one has to keep his face clean by having lots of water and constantly washing the face with the face wash solution prescribed.
Comments:   The treatment is to improve the skin texture,complexion by constantly going for peels and derma-rollers once in 15days.The above mentioned medicine is prescribed to be used through out the treatment period.

 

Differin review by 24 year old female patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Ineffective
Side effects:   Mild Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   acne
Dosage & duration:   daily (dosage frequency: daily) for the period of three months
Other conditions:   none
Other drugs taken:   none
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   There were little to no benefits to using differin to treat acne. while it may have helped exfoliation, it did little to treat current and to prevent future acne. instead of differin, using a separate skin exfoliation product in addition to an over the counter acne treatment might have been more beneficial. My acne worsened using Differin -- some say it is because the impurities are being purged from beneath the outer layers of the skin. I don't know if I completely buy this theory though I would have believed it if it showed some improvement after three months. Unfortunately, it did not.
Side effects:   There were no side effects to the treatment except that it worsened my breakouts. However, it did nothing to take down the flares even after three months of treatment. Soon after I stopped using it, my skin improved. So now, I choose to use an exfoliation product and a separate over the counter acne treatment product.
Comments:   differin did not help prevent acne or get rid of current acne. it worsened the condition though it was explained that as it helped the skin exfoliate, the impurities beneath the outer skin surfaced. however, there were no improvements after three months of application.

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