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Epiduo

Last updated on 03/12/2021.

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GENERIC NAME: Adapalene + Benzoyl Peroxide

CHINESE NAME: 痘速零

DRUG CLASS: Anti–acne agents

SUB CLASS: Retinoid, Antiseptics

USED FOR: Acne

AVAILABLE DOSAGE FORMS:
– 0.1% (cream)
– 0.1% (gel)

What is Epiduo for?

Epiduo is a brand medication that contains Adapalene and Benzoyl Peroxide, which belongs to a class of medications called retinoids (a type of Vitamin A), and benzoyl peroxide is a type of antiseptic. They work by stopping the formation of pimples in the skin. It is used to treat acne.

How to use it?

Epiduo is available as a cream or a gel. It is used once daily at night. You may reduce the frequency of application if necessary. Wash your hands before and after application of Epiduo. Do not apply on broken skin (e.g. cuts and abrasions), sunburned, inflamed or irritated skin.

What are the side effects of Epiduo?

Common side effects of Epiduo include burning or stinging sensation, drying and reddening of skin.

Who should not take Epiduo?

– People allergic to any component of Epiduo

Pharmacist Tips:

– This medication may make the skin sensitive to light. Use sunscreen and avoid prolonged exposure to sunlight.
– Inform your doctor or pharmacist if you use any other products on the affected area, such as cleansers, astringents or cosmetics.
– Avoid using cosmetics with high alcohol content.
– Avoid waxing as a method to remove hair on the treated skin.
– If you experience allergic symptoms like skin rashes, difficulty breathing, swollen mouth/lips/eyes, stop using Epiduo and report to your doctor immediately.

Common dosing schedule:
Apply thinly to affected skin at night.

This schedule is for reference only, adjustments may be made according to individual needs.

Some common medications Epiduo may interact with:
– No known drug interactions.

Please notify your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking the above medication, dosage adjustments might be needed.

Where to buy Epiduo in Hong Kong?

In Hong Kong, Epiduo is a prescription only medicine, and requires a prescription from a doctor to be purchased in a pharmacy. It can also be obtained from doctors. To find a pharmacy near you, refer to the list of pharmacies (“Authorized Sellers of Poisons”) from the Hong Kong Department of Health.

For more information about drug names and ingredients, you can visit Hong Kong’s Drug Office at https://www.drugoffice.gov.hk

Need more information?

For detailed information about the use of Epiduo in children, pregnancy and breastfeeding, and for questions about drug interactions, please check with your pharmacist or doctor.

Disclaimer: our goal is to provide you with the most relevant drug information and common dosage for Hong Kong. This information does not constitute medical advice. For specific treatment recommendations and advice, always discuss with your doctor or pharmacist, and follow the instructions included with your specific medicine.