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Looking for some quick answers? Check out these frequently asked questions about Epiduo® Forte (adapalene and benzoyl peroxide) Gel. 0.3%/2.5%.

If your acne is not getting any better and you’re 12 years old or older, you may be a good candidate for Epiduo Forte Gel. Ask your doctor if Epiduo Forte Gel is right for you.
The higher concentration of the retinoid adapalene in Epiduo Forte Gel works to help reduce the inflammation and redness associated with inflammatory moderate to severe acne. However, some users may experience redness, itching, dryness and stinging/burning when using Epiduo Forte Gel. You should talk to your doctor about any concerns you may have while on treatment. He or she may also recommend a regimen to include specific cleansers and moisturizers to help with the itching, pain and redness.
No, you can use it in the morning or evening. You can use Epiduo Forte Gel whenever it fits into your schedule. It's best to have a routine, so try to use it at the same time every day. First, talk to your dermatologist and follow his or her directions. It's important not to miss days so Epiduo Forte Gel can keep working.
Follow your doctor's instructions, but, typically, a pea-sized amount spread evenly across each affected area of your face is perfect. Using more won't speed things up, and it's not a good idea to spot-treat. Stick with the right amount and stay consistent. Avoid the areas around your eyes, lips and mucous membranes.
Epiduo Forte Gel should be used once per day, preferably at the same time every day. Regular treatment is essential for effective results. First, wash your face with a gentle cleanser, like Cetaphil ® DERMACONTROL ™ Foam Wash or a wash recommended by your doctor. Dry with a soft towel but don’t scrub. Next, treat with Epiduo Forte Gel. Use a small, pea-sized amount and spread a thin layer over the affected areas of your face (forehead, chin and each cheek). Avoid the areas around your eyes and lips. Wash your hands after you apply the medicine. Wait for gel to dry completely before changing clothes. Finally, apply a gentle moisturizer during the day, preferably one with SPF protection, like Cetaphil ® DERMACONTROL ™ Moisturizer SPF 30.
Skipping a day of treatment can allow new pimples to begin forming beneath the skin's surface. So try to make Epiduo Forte Gel part of your regular daily routine. If you miss a day, just start the next day with the same pea-sized amount you always use on each of the affected areas of your face and you'll be back on track.
You should minimize your exposure to sunlight and sunlamps while on Epiduo Forte Gel, especially if you have an established sensitivity to the sun. If you are in the sun, use a “non-comedogenic” (won’t clog your pores) sunscreen and wear protective clothing over treated areas.
When a pea-sized amount is applied as thin layer to each of the affected areas of your face daily, one prescription typically lasts about 3 months.
Epiduo Forte Gel has a stronger concentration of the retinoid adapalene (.3% vs. .1%). Epiduo® Forte (adapalene and benzoyl peroxide) Gel, 0.3%/2.5% is indicated for the topical treatment of acne vulgaris. In the pivotal study, the most commonly reported adverse reactions (≥1%) in patients treated with Epiduo Forte Gel were skin irritation, eczema, atopic dermatitis, and skin burning sensation.

Epiduo® (adapalene and benzoyl peroxide) Gel, 0.1%/2.5% is indicated for the topical treatment of acne vulgaris in patients 9 years of age and older. In controlled clinical studies, the most commonly reported adverse events (≥1%) in patients treated with Epiduo® Gel were dry skin, contact dermatitis, application site burning, application site irritation and skin irritation.
Benzoyl peroxide is one of the two effective medicines in Epiduo Forte Gel. It kills the bacteria that cause breakouts and helps prevent pimples from coming back.
Adapalene is a type of retinoid and is the other medicine in Epiduo Forte Gel. It unclogs blocked pores, helping to stop pimples from forming under the skin's surface and decreasing the redness, swelling and inflammation associated with pimples.

Important Safety Information

Indication: Epiduo® Forte (adapalene and benzoyl peroxide) Gel, 0.3%/2.5% is indicated for the topical treatment of acne vulgaris. Adverse Events: In the pivotal study, the most commonly reported adverse reactions (≥1%) in patients treated with Epiduo Forte Gel were skin irritation, eczema, atopic dermatitis and skin burning sensation. Warnings/Precautions: Patients using Epiduo Forte Gel should avoid exposure to sunlight and sunlamps and wear sunscreen when sun exposure cannot be avoided. Erythema, scaling, dryness, stinging/burning, irritant and allergic contact dermatitis may occur with use of Epiduo Forte Gel and may necessitate discontinuation. When applying Epiduo Forte Gel, care should be taken to avoid the eyes, lips and mucous membranes.

Indication: EPIDUO® Gel is indicated for the topical treatment of acne vulgaris in patients 9 years of age and older. Adverse Events: In controlled clinical studies, the most commonly reported adverse events (≥1%) in patients treated with EPIDUO® Gel were dry skin, contact dermatitis, application site burning, application site irritation and skin irritation. Warnings/Precautions: Patients taking EPIDUO® Gel should avoid exposure to sunlight and sunlamps and wear sunscreen when sun exposure cannot be avoided. Erythema, scaling, dryness, stinging/ burning, irritant and allergic contact dermatitis may occur with use of EPIDUO® Gel and may necessitate discontinuation.

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch or call 1‐800‐FDA‐1088.

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Epiduo® Forte (adapalene and benzoyl peroxide) Gel, 0.3%/2.5%
is a powerful topical foundation against tough acne. See Important Safety Information.

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The Galderma® CareConnect Program is brought to you by Galderma Laboratories, L.P. The Patient Savings Card provides savings on out‑of‑pocket expenses for up to a 30‑day supply of included Galderma products. If you have valid prescriptions for more than one Galderma product, the copay expense and savings apply to each product. You may use the Patient Savings Card once every 30 days, depending on when you last received a 30‑day supply of each Galderma product. Use of the Patient Savings Card does not obligate you to use or to continue using any Galderma product. You may use the Patient Savings Card at any participating pharmacy located in the United States.

The Galderma CareConnect Program Patient Savings Card may not be combined with any savings, discount, free trial, or other similar offer for the same prescription. The Patient Savings Card is not transferable and is void if reproduced. The Patient Savings Card is not health insurance. Limit one (1) Patient Savings Card per patient. The Galderma CareConnect Program Patient Savings Card has no cash value and will not be accepted outside of participating pharmacies in the United States. Please visit Galderma’s website for our privacy practices. Galderma reserves the right to revoke or amend this offer without notice at any time and to deny payment for noncompliance with the terms of this offer.

Use of this Patient Savings Card is subject to applicable state and federal law, and is void where prohibited by law, rule or regulation. In the event an AB rated generic equivalent product becomes available for one of the Galderma products covered by this Patient Savings Card, this offer will become void in Massachusetts with respect to that Galderma product.

By using the Galderma CareConnect Program Patient Savings Card, you acknowledge that you currently meet the following eligibility criteria:
 

  • You have a valid prescription for the Galderma product your copay and the savings apply to;
  • You have no insurance or are subject to a private insurance copay Requirement for your prescription;
  • You are not enrolled in Medicare Part D, Medicaid, Medigap, VA, DOD, Tricare, or any other government-run or government sponsored health care program with a pharmacy benefit;
  • You are at least 18 years old; and
  • You reside in the United States.

Program Details For
All Savings Offers

Epiduo® Forte (adapalene and benzoyl peroxide) Gel, 0.3%/2.5%
Epiduo® (adapalene and benzoyl peroxide) Gel, 0.1%/2.5%

The Galderma® CareConnect Program is brought to you by Galderma Laboratories, L.P. The Patient Savings Card provides savings on out‑of‑pocket expenses for up to a 30‑day supply of included Galderma products. If you have valid prescriptions for more than one Galderma product, the copay expense and savings apply to each product. You may use the Patient Savings Card once every 30 days, depending on when you last received a 30‑day supply of each Galderma product. Use of the Patient Savings Card does not obligate you to use or to continue using any Galderma product. You may use the Patient Savings Card at any participating pharmacy located in the United States.

The Galderma CareConnect Program Patient Savings Card may not be combined with any savings, discount, free trial, or other similar offer for the same prescription. The Patient Savings Card is not transferable and is void if reproduced. The Patient Savings Card is not health insurance. Limit one (1) Patient Savings Card per patient. The Galderma CareConnect Program Patient Savings Card has no cash value and will not be accepted outside of participating pharmacies in the United States. Please visit Galderma’s website for our privacy practices. Galderma reserves the right to revoke or amend this offer without notice at any time and to deny payment for noncompliance with the terms of this offer.

Use of this Patient Savings Card is subject to applicable state and federal law, and is void where prohibited by law, rule or regulation. In the event an AB rated generic equivalent product becomes available for one of the Galderma products covered by this Patient Savings Card, this offer will become void in Massachusetts with respect to that Galderma product.

By using the Galderma CareConnect Program Patient Savings Card, you acknowledge that you currently meet the following eligibility criteria:
 

  • You have a valid prescription for the Galderma product your copay and the savings apply to;
  • You have no insurance or are subject to a private insurance copay Requirement for your prescription;
  • You are not enrolled in Medicare Part D, Medicaid, Medigap, VA, DOD, Tricare, or any other government-run or government sponsored health care program with a pharmacy benefit;
  • You are at least 18 years old; and
  • You reside in the United States.

Important Safety Information

Indication: Epiduo® Forte (adapalene and benzoyl peroxide) Gel, 0.3%/2.5% is indicated for the topical treatment of acne vulgaris. Adverse Events: In the pivotal study, the most commonly reported adverse reactions (≥1%) in patients treated with Epiduo Forte Gel were skin irritation, eczema, atopic dermatitis and skin burning sensation. Warnings/Precautions: Patients using Epiduo Forte Gel should avoid exposure to sunlight and sunlamps and wear sunscreen when sun exposure cannot be avoided. Erythema, scaling, dryness, stinging/burning, irritant and allergic contact dermatitis may occur with use of Epiduo Forte Gel and may necessitate discontinuation. When applying Epiduo Forte Gel, care should be taken to avoid the eyes, lips and mucous membranes.

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch or call 1‐800‐FDA‐1088.

©2017 Galderma Laboratories, L.P. United States, All Rights Reserved. All trademarks are the property of their respective owners. This site is intended for U.S. audiences only. Information in this website is not intended as medical advice. Talk to your doctor about medical concerns.

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