Chemical formula: C₂₈H₂₈O₃ Molecular mass: 412.52 g/mol PubChem compound: 60164
Adapalene is a retinoid-like compound which in, in vivo and in vitro models of inflammation, has been demonstrated to possess anti-inflammatory properties. Mechanically, adapalene binds like tretinoin to specific retinoic acid nuclear receptors but, unlike tretinoin not to cytosolic receptor binding proteins. Adapalene is used in the treatment of acne and is also used (off-label) to treat keratosis pilaris as well as other skin conditions.
This medicinal substance has been classified in the anatomical therapeutic chemical (ATC) classification according to its main therapeutic use as follows:
|D Dermatologicals → D10 Anti-acne preparations → D10A Anti-acne preparations for topical use → D10AD Retinoids for topical use in acne
Competent medicine agencies globally have authorized commercialization of this active ingredient according to these medication package inserts (MPIs):
|Medicines & Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (GB)
|MPI, EU: SmPC
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