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Epiduo Forte (Topical)

Generic name: adapalene and benzoyl peroxide (topical) [a-DAP-a-lean-and-BEN-zoyl-per-OX-ide]

Brand names: Epiduo, Epiduo Forte, and Epiduo Pump
Drug class: Topical acne agents

What is Epiduo Forte (Topical)?

Epiduo Forte (for the skin) is a combination medicine that treats acne in patients aged 12 and over.Epiduo Forte could also be used to treat conditions that are not mentioned in this guide.

Side effects of Epiduo Forte (Topical)

Benzoyl peroxide could cause a rare but serious allergic reaction or serious itching. Stop using Epiduo Forte immediately and seek medical attention if you experience an allergic reaction that causes itching or burning sensations, difficulty breathing, or feeling lightheaded. swelling of your lips, face, tongue, throat, or face

Epiduo Forte may cause serious side effects. Contact your physician immediately. If you suffer from:

  • Extreme redness or swelling of the treated skin
  • Intense burning, stinging,
  • Extreme dryness, or any other skin irritations.

Common adverse reactions to Epiduo Forte could include:

  • Dry or scaly skin
  • Skin redness;
  • Itching or burning

This isn't a complete list of all the side effects. Other effects may also be present. Consult your physician for advice regarding medical effects. You may report any adverse reactions to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.


Only use it according to the directions. Talk to your doctor if you are taking other medications or have any other medical conditions or allergies.

Similar/related drugs

Doxycycline, Clindamycin topical, Topical Erythromycin, Tetracycline, and Tazorac

Prior to using this drug

You shouldn't use Epiduo Forte if you're sensitive to it.

Inform your doctor if you were ever diagnosed with:

  • Other skin issues, such as scratches, abrasions, sunburn, or eczema

Inform your doctor if you are expecting, planning to become pregnant, or planning to breastfeed.If you are breastfeeding, try not applying Epiduo Forte to the nipple region of your baby.

How do I take Epiduo Forte (Topical)?

Follow all instructions on your prescription label, and review all medication guides and instructions sheets. Follow the medication exactly as prescribed.Epiduo Forte is typically used once per day. Follow the directions of your doctor.Cleanse your hands before and after applying the medicine.Cleanse and dry the area to be treated. Apply a small amount of the gel per zone of treatment (chin, forehead, chin, and every cheek). Apply the medication in a thin layer. Apply it gently. Allow it to completely dry before applying the dressing.Contact your physician if your symptoms don't improve or if symptoms get worse when you take this medication.Don't apply any other skin care products unless your physician has instructed you to.Keep at room temperature, free of heat, moisture, and light.

What happens if I miss the dose?

Apply the medication as fast as you are able, but avoid the missed dose if you think it is close to time for the next dose. Do not take two doses at once.

What happens if I overdose?

For medical emergencies, seek emergency treatment or contact the Poison Help Line at 1-800-222-1222 if you have accidentally swallowed the medication.

Avoid this

Beware of getting Epiduo Forte around your mouth, eyes, or vagina. The medicine should be used exclusively on your skin. Do not apply it to open wounds, dry, sunburned, chapped, or irritated skin. Avoid applying Epiduo Forte to open wounds or areas with eczema.Epiduo Forte may cause sunburn more quickly. Avoid sun exposure or tanning beds. Protect yourself with protective clothes and sunblock (SPF 30 or more) whenever you're outside.Avoid using products for your skin that could cause irritation, like harsh soaps, cleansing products for your skin hair coloring, permanent chemical hair removers, waxes, or products for the skin that contain alcohol, spices, astringents, or lime.

Interaction with other drug

The skin-care products you take are unlikely to affect other medicines you take; however, there are many drugs that interact. Inform your doctor about the medicines you take, such as prescription and over-the-counter drugs, vitamins, and herbal remedies.