Prescription Treatments for Rosacea


DIFFERIN the brand name for adapalene gel is a topical retinoid application prescribed for the treatment of inflammatory and non-inflammatory acne lesions related to acne vulgaris.

When using Differin, be alert to possible side effects including redness of the skin or erythema, dryness of the skin, one may also experience a burning sensation at the site of application, or pruritus. Exposure to sunlight, including sunlamps may cause increased sun reaction or sunburn. Do Not apply Differin to skin that is sunburned, to any open wound or any skin areas showing signs or symptoms of eczema or dermatitis. When using Differin, patients are warned to avoid contact with the eyes, lips, angles of the nose, and mucous membranes when applying Differin.

Patients are further warned of the potential for drug interaction when using Differin and to avoid irritation and an exacerbation or worsening of side effects, one should avoid using this product with medicated, exfoliating, antiaging or abrasive scrubs, soaps, cosmetics, creams, or cleansers. Avoid using Differin with products containing, witch hazel, alcohol, astringents, toners, and aftershaves containing spices or lime. Other ingredients to avoid include other acne treatments containing Retin-A, benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, resorcinol, and tretinoin.

CAPEXTM Hair and Scalp Shampoo

CapexTM Hair and Scalp Shampoo is a steroid based topical shampoo containing fluocinolone acetonide prescribed for the treatment of severe dandruff.

Possible temporary side effects include hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis suppression which subsides with the discontinuation of the treatment. There is also a potential after withdrawal of treatment for glucocorticoid insufficiency. Systemic absorption of topical corticosteroids while on treatment may also result in hyperglycemia, Cushing's syndrome, and /or glucosuria.

One should discontinue CapexTM Shampoo in the event of irritation. Do not use if you are currently experiencing or develop a skin infection while using CapexTM Shampoo.


DESOWEN or desonide is low potency topical steroid available in a lotion, cream or ointment based application. Desowen is prescribed to address the issues of pruritic and inflammatory eczema, seborrheic dermatitis and contact dermatitis.

To avoid the moderate to severe burning and stinging common with many steroidal treatments, Desowen does not contain isopropyl alcohol.

Possible side effects include skin irritation, peeling of the skin, stinging or burning sensations at the site of application, intense transient redness of the skin, skin dryness, itching or scaling of the skin.

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