Before you begin using a medication, be sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions or allergies you may have, any medications you are taking, whether you are pregnant or breast-feeding, and any other significant facts about your health. These factors may affect how you should use this medication.
Proper use: This medication should only be applied to the skin. Do not apply on eyes, lips, corners of the nose, mucous membranes (e.g., inside the mouth or nose), broken skin, cuts, sunburned skin, or open wounds. If the gel is accidently applied to these areas, rinse thoroughly with water.
You should not use other acne medications or treatments applied to the skin while you are using this medication, unless recommended by your doctor. Also, avoid using other products that may irritate the skin (e.g., medicated or abrasive soaps, cosmetics that have strong skin-drying effects, and products with high concentrations of alcohol, astringents, spices, or limes). Avoid waxing, chemical hair removal, chemical peels, dermabrasion, or laser treatments on skin that is treated with this medication. It is recommended that you use cosmetics that do not clog your pores while using this medication.
This medication may bleach hair and coloured fabric. Be careful when applying this medication around the hairline and use white pillowcases and sheets.
Skin irritation: Skin redness, dryness, scaling, burning, or itchiness may occur, especially during the first 4 weeks of using this medication. These effects are usually mild and lessen with continued treatment. If you experience severe skin irritation or if skin irritation that continues or worsens, contact your doctor. Your doctor may recommend a moisturizer, change your dose, or change how often you use the medication.
Sun exposure: Avoid exposure to excessive sunlight (including sunlamps and tanning beds) while using this medication. Use sunscreen (SPF 15 or higher) and protective clothing over treated areas when sun exposure cannot be avoided. Extreme wind and cold may also irritate your skin while using this medication.
Pregnancy: This medication should not be used during pregnancy. If you can become pregnant, you should use effective birth control while you are using this medication. If you become pregnant while using this medication, stop using it and contact your doctor immediately.
Breast-feeding: It is not known if adapalene - benzoyl peroxide passes into breast milk. If this medication is applied to the chest area, an infant may come into contact with the medication or ingest it from the mother's skin, affecting the child.
If you are a breast-feeding mother and are taking this medication, it may affect your baby. Talk to your doctor about whether you should continue breast-feeding.
Children: The safety and effectiveness of using Tactupump have not been established for children under 9 years old. The safety and effectiveness of the higher concentration medication Tactupump Forte have not been established in children under 12 years old.
Seniors: The safety and effectiveness of using this medication have not been established for people 65 years of age and older.