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ACNE - RETINOIC ACIDS
Medication Trade name Vehicle Strength Size Dosing Generic / Price
Adapalene Differin®
(0.1% gel available OTC)
Cream 0.1% 45 g Once daily at bedtime YES / $$-$$$
Gel 0.1% 45 g Once daily at bedtime YES / $$
Gel 0.3% 45 g tube and pump Once daily at bedtime YES / $$$
Lotion 0.1% 2 oz Once daily at bedtime NO / $$$$
Tretinoin Retin-A®
Avita®
Cream 0.025% 20 g, 45 g Once daily at bedtime YES / $
Tretin-X® Cream 0.0375% 35 g Once daily at bedtime NO / $$$$
Retin-A® Cream 0.05% 20 g, 45 g Once daily at bedtime YES / $
Tretin-X® Cream 0.075% 35 g Once daily at bedtime NO / $$$$
Retin-A® Cream 0.1% 20 g, 45 g Once daily at bedtime YES / $-$$
Retin-A® Gel 0.01% 15 g, 45 g Once daily at bedtime YES / $
Retin-A® Gel 0.025% 15 g, 45 g Once daily at bedtime YES / $
Retin-A Micro® Gel 0.04% 20 g, 45 g tube
50 g pump
Once daily at bedtime YES / $$$$
Atralin® Gel 0.05% 45 g Once daily at bedtime YES / $$$-$$$$
Retin-A Micro® Gel 0.08% 50 g pump Once daily at bedtime NO / $$$$
Retin-A Micro® Gel 0.1% 20 g, 45 g tube
50 g pump
Once daily at bedtime YES / $$$$
Altreno™ Lotion 0.05% 45 g tube
50 g pump
Once daily NO / $$$
Tazarotene
(Do not use in pregnancy)
Tazorac®
(Also approved for psoriasis)
Cream 0.1% 30 g, 60 g Once daily at bedtime YES / $$$
Gel 0.1% 30 g, 100 g Once daily at bedtime NO / $$$$
Fabior® Foam 0.1% 50 g, 100 g Once daily at bedtime NO / $$$$


ACNE - TOPICAL ANTIBIOTICS
Medication Trade name Vehicle Strength Size Dosing Generic / Price
Azelaic acid Azelex® Cream 20% 30 g, 50 g Twice daily NO / $$$$
Benzoyl peroxide
(sold OTC)
Clearasil®
Proactiv®
Oxy®
many others
Cream
Lotion
Solution
Gel
10%, 5%, 2.5%,
many others
various Varies by product YES / $
Clindamycin Evoclin® Foam, aerosol 1% 50 g, 100 g Once daily YES / $$$-$$$$
Cleocin T® Gel 1% 30 g, 60 g Twice daily YES / $-$$
Clindagel® Gel 1% 40 ml, 75 ml Once daily NO / $$$$
Cleocin T® Lotion 1% 60 ml Twice daily YES / $$$
Cleocin T®
Clinda-Derm®
Solution 1% 30 ml, 60 ml Twice daily YES / $
Clindets®
Cleocin®
Swab 1% 60 pledgets Twice daily YES / $
Dapsone Aczone® Gel 5% 30 g, 60 g, 90 g tube Twice daily NO / $$$$
Aczone® Gel 7.5% 30 g, 60 g, 90 g pump Once daily NO / $$$$
Erythromycin Erygel® Gel 2% 30 g, 60 g Once or twice a day YES / $-$$
Akne-Mycin® Ointment 2% 25 g Twice daily NO / $$$
Erythro-statin®
Erythra-Derm®
C-Solve-2®
Solution 2% 60 ml Twice daily YES / $
Swabs 2% 60 pledgets Twice daily YES / $
Sulfacetamide Klaron® Lotion 10% 4 oz Twice daily YES / $$


ACNE - COMBINATION PRODUCTS
Medication Trade name Vehicle Strength Size Dosing Generic / Price
Adapalene +
Benzoyl peroxide
EpiDuo® Gel 0.1% / 2.5% 45 g tube
45 g pump
Once daily YES / $$$-$$$$
EpiDuo® Forte Gel 0.3% / 2.5% 15 g, 30 g, 45 g, 60 g, 70 g pump Once daily NO / $$$$
Benzoyl peroxide +
Clindamycin
Acanya® Gel 2.5% / 1.2% 50 g pump Once daily NO / $$$$
Benzaclin® Gel 5% / 1% 25 g jar
35 g, 50 g pump
Twice daily YES / $$$
Duac®
Neuac®
Gel 5% / 1.2% 45 g Once daily YES / $$
Onexton® Gel 1.2% / 3.75% 50 g pump Once daily NO / $$$$
Benzoyl peroxide +
Erythromycin
Benzamycin® Gel 5% / 3% 46.6 g jar Twice daily YES / $$
Benzamycin Pak® Gel 5% / 3% 60 pouches Twice daily NO / $$$$
Clindamycin +
Tretinoin
Ziana® Gel 1.2% / 0.025% 30 g, 60 g Once daily YES / $$$$
Veltin® Gel 1.2% / 0.025% 30 g, 60 g Once daily NO / $$$$


ACTINIC KERATOSIS
Medication Trade name Vehicle Strength Size Dosing Generic / Price
Fluorouracil Carac® Cream 0.5% 30 g Once daily up to 4 weeks YES / $$$$
Efudex® Cream 5% 40 g Twice daily for 2 - 4 weeks YES / $$
Solution 2% 10 ml, 25 ml Twice daily for 2 - 4 weeks YES / $
Solution 5% 10 ml, 25 ml Twice daily for 2 - 4 weeks YES / $-$$
Fluoroplex® Cream 1% 30 g Twice daily for 2 - 6 weeks NO / $$$$
Tolak® Cream 4% 40 g Once daily for up to 4 weeks NO / $$$$
Imiquimod Aldara®
(Also approved for genital warts)
Cream 5% Single-use packet. Comes in box of 12 or 24 packets. Two times a week for 16 weeks YES / $ #24
Ingenol mebutate Picato® Gel 0.015%
(for face or scalp)
3 tubes Once daily for 3 days NO / $$$$
Gel 0.05%
(for trunk and extremities)
2 tubes Once daily for 2 days NO / $$$$
Studies


ANTIBIOTICS
Medication Trade name Vehicle Strength Size Dosing Generic / Price
Mupirocin Bactroban® Ointment 2% 22 g Two to three times a day YES / $
Cream 2% 15 g, 30 g Three times a day YES / $$-$$$
Ointment, nasal 2% 1g single use tubes Twice daily NO / $$$
Centany® Ointment 2% 30 g tube Three times a day NO / $$$$
Ozenoxacin Xepi® Cream 1% 30 g Twice daily for 5 days NO / $$$$
Retapamulin Altabax® Ointment 1% 15 g, 30 g Twice daily NO / $$$$


ANTIFUNGAL / STEROID COMBINATIONS
Medication Trade name Vehicle Strength Size Dosing Generic / Price
Clotrimazole + betamethasone Lotrisone® Cream 1% / 0.05% 15 g, 45 g Twice a day YES / $
Lotion 1% / 0.05% 30 ml Twice a day YES / $$
Nystatin + triamcinolone Mykacet® Cream 100000 unit / 0.1% 15 g, 30 g, 60 g Twice a day YES / $
Ointment 100000 unit / 0.1% 15 g, 30 g, 60 g Twice a day YES / $


ANTIVIRALS
Medication Trade name Vehicle Strength Size Dosing Generic / Price
Acyclovir Zovirax® Cream
(herpes labialis)
5% 5 g 5 times a day for 4 days NO / $$$$
Ointment
(genital herpes)
5% 15 g, 30 g 6 times a day for 7 days YES / $-$$
Acyclovir + hydrocortisone Xerese® Cream
(herpes labialis)
5% / 1% 5 g 5 times a day for 5 days NO / $$$$


DERMATITIS / ECZEMA
Medication Trade name Vehicle Strength Size Dosing Generic / Price
Crisaborole Eucrisa® Ointment 2% 60 g, 100 g Twice daily NO / $$$$
Pimecrolimus Elidel® Cream 1% 30 g, 60 g, 100 g Twice daily NO / $$$$
Tacrolimus Protopic® Ointment 0.03% 30 g, 60 g, 100 g Twice daily YES / $$
Ointment 0.1% 30 g, 60 g, 100 g Twice daily YES / $$


HYPERHIDROSIS
Medication Trade name Vehicle Strength Size Dosing Generic / Price
Aluminum chloride Drysol® Solution 20% 35 ml, 37.5 ml, 60 ml Once daily at bedtime. Wash off in morning. Once excessive sweating has stopped, may decrease to 1 - 2 times a week or as needed. NO / $
Glycopyrronium Qbrexza® Solution 2.4% 30 pads Apply to underarm once daily NO / $$$$


PSORIASIS
Medication Trade name Vehicle Strength Size Dosing Generic / Price
Calcipotriene Dovonex® Cream 0.005% 60 g, 120 g Twice daily YES / $$$
Ointment 0.005% 60 g, 120 g Once or twice daily YES / $$$
Solution 0.005% 60 ml Apply to scalp twice daily YES / $$-$$$
Calcipotriene +
betamethasone dipropionate
Taclonex® Ointment 0.005% / 0.064% 60 g, 100 g Once daily for up to 4 weeks YES / $$$$
Suspension 0.005% / 0.064% 60 g, 120 g Once daily for up to 8 weeks NO / $$$$
Calcitriol Vectical® Ointment 3 mcg/g 100 g Twice daily YES / $$$$
Tazarotene
(Do not use in pregnancy)
Tazorac®
(Also approved for acne)
Cream 0.05% 30 g, 60 g Once daily in the evening NO / $$$$
Cream 0.1% 30 g, 60 g Once daily in the evening YES / $$$
Gel 0.05% 30 g, 100 g Once daily in the evening NO / $$$$
Gel 0.1% 30 g, 100 g Once daily in the evening NO / $$$$


  • A number of manufactures make sulfacetamide-sulfur products. These medications are not FDA-approved and are therefore not listed in the FDA's Orange Book.
ROSACEA
Medication Trade name Vehicle Strength Size Dosing Generic / Price
Azelaic acid Finacea® Gel 15% 50 g Twice daily NO / $$$$
Foam 15% 50 g can Twice daily NO / $$$$
Ivermectin Soolantra® Cream 1% 30 g, 45 g, 60 g Once daily NO / $$$$
Metronidazole Metrocream® Cream 0.75% 45 g Twice daily YES / $$-$$$
Noritate® Cream 1% 60 g Once daily NO / $$$$
Metrogel® Gel 0.75% 45 g Twice daily YES / $$
Metrogel® Gel 1% 60 g tube
55 g pump
Once daily YES / $$-$$$
MetroLotion® Lotion 0.75% 2 oz Twice daily YES / $$-$$$
Sulfacetamide sodium +
sulfur
Avar-E® Cream 10% / 5% 45 g tube
2 oz bottle
One to three times a day NO / $$$$
Avar-LS® Cleanser 10% / 2% 8 oz bottle One to two times a day NO / $$$$
Prascion® Cleanser 10% / 5% 6 oz, 12 oz One to two times a day NO / $$$$

WRINKLES, HYPERPIGMENTATION - RETINOIC ACIDS
Medication Trade name Vehicle Strength Size Dosing Generic / Price
Tretinoin Renova® Cream 0.02% 20 g, 40 g, 60 g tube
44 g pump
Once daily at bedtime NO / $$$$
Renova®
Refissa®
Cream 0.05% 20 g, 40 g, 60 g Once daily at bedtime YES / $$$$
Tazarotene
(Do not use in pregnancy)
Avage® Cream 0.1% 30 g Once daily at bedtime NO / $$$$


WRINKLES, HYPERPIGMENTATION - COMBINATION PRODUCTS
Medication Trade name Vehicle Strength Size Dosing Generic / Price
Fluocinolone acetonide + Hydroquinone + Tretinoin Tri-Luma® Cream 0.01% / 4% / 0.05% 30 g Once daily at bedtime after washing NO / $$$



Pricing legend
  • $ = 0 - $50
  • $$ = $51 - $100
  • $$$ = $101 - $150
  • $$$$ = > $151
  • Pricing based on a 30 g/30 ml size or smallest unit sold
  • Pricing based on information from GoodRX.com®
  • Pricing may vary by region and availability