September 21, 2014
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Tactuo

(adapalene - benzoyl peroxide (Tactuo))


How does Tactuo work? What will it do for me?

This combination product contains 2 medications: adapalene and benzoyl peroxide. Together, these medications belong to the group of medications called acne therapy. It is used to treat acne on the face, chest, and back.

Adapalene works by unplugging blocked oil glands in the skin. Benzoyl peroxide works by reducing inflammation and killing bacteria associated with acne. This medication should start to work within 4 to 8 weeks and you should see additional improvement as you continue to use this gel.

This medication may be available under multiple brand names and/or in several different forms. Any specific brand name of this medication may not be available in all of the forms or approved for all of the conditions discussed here. As well, some forms of this medication may not be used for all of the conditions discussed here.

Your doctor may have suggested this medication for conditions other than those listed in these drug information articles. If you have not discussed this with your doctor or are not sure why you are taking this medication, speak to your doctor. Do not stop taking this medication without consulting your doctor.

Do not give this medication to anyone else, even if they have the same symptoms as you do. It can be harmful for people to take this medication if their doctor has not prescribed it.

How should I use Tactuo?

Apply a thin film of gel to the affected areas of the face, chest, and back once daily in the evening after washing gently with a non-medicated cleanser and blotting dry with a soft towel.

4 pea-sized amounts should be enough to cover your whole face (e.g., one on the forehead, chin, and each cheek). Do not spot apply, but cover the entire affected area. Avoid the eyes, lips, corners of the nose, and mucous membranes (e.g., inside the mouth or nose). Do not apply the gel to cuts, abraded skin, eczema, or sunburned skin.

Many things can affect the dose of medication that a person needs, such as body weight, other medical conditions, and other medications. If your doctor has recommended a dose different from the ones listed here, do not change the way that you are taking the medication without consulting your doctor.

It is important to use this medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor. If you miss a dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not apply more gel to make up for a missed application. If you are not sure what to do after missing a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.

Store this medication at room temperature, protect it from freezing, and keep it out of the reach of children.

Do not dispose of medications in wastewater (e.g. down the sink or in the toilet) or in household garbage. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medications that are no longer needed or have expired.





What form(s) does Tactuo come in?

Tactuo has been replaced with TactuPump. TactuPump contains the same acne-fighting ingredients as Tactuo, and comes as a pump instead of a tube. Read the TactuPump fact sheet to learn more about TactuPump.

Who should NOT take Tactuo?

Do not use this medication if you:

  • are allergic to adapalene, benzoyl peroxide, or any ingredients of this medication
  • have eczema or seborrheic dermatitis

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Tactuo is now TactuPump.
Read more about it on the
TactuPump fact sheet