Nicotinamide (Freederm gel)

How does it work?

Freederm gel contains the active ingredient nicotinamide, which is a form of vitamin B3.

Nicotinamide has an anti-inflammatory effect when applied to the skin, which helps to reduce the inflammation and redness of inflammatory acne.

It can take several weeks for the beneficial effects to appear, so it is important to persevere with treatment. If there is no improvement in your skin within 12 weeks of use, or if your acne gets worse at any point, you should consult your doctor.

What is it used for?

  • Mild to moderate inflammatory acne.

How do I use it?

  • The gel should be applied to the affected area of skin twice daily, after washing the skin thoroughly with warm water and soap and gently drying it.
  • Wash your hands after applying the gel.
  • If your skin becomes excessively dry or irritated or starts peeling you should use the gel less frequently - once a day or every other day.

Warning!

  • This medicine is for external use on the affected area(s) of skin only.
  • Avoid getting the gel in contact with eyes and the inside of the mouth and nose.

Not to be used in

  • People who are allergic to any ingredient.
  • Severe acne. Ask your pharmacist or doctor for advice on treatment if you have very bad acne.

This medicine should not be used if you are allergic to any of its ingredients. Please inform your doctor or pharmacist if you have previously experienced such an allergy.

If you feel you have experienced an allergic reaction, stop using this medicine and inform your doctor or pharmacist immediately.

Pregnancy and breastfeeding

Certain medicines should not be used during pregnancy or breastfeeding. However, other medicines may be safely used in pregnancy or breastfeeding providing the benefits to the mother outweigh the risks to the unborn baby. Always inform your doctor if you are pregnant or planning a pregnancy, before using any medicine.

  • Although this medicine is not expected to have any harmful effects if used during pregnancy, this has not been specifically studied. As with all medicines, you should check with your doctor before using this medicine if you are pregnant, particularly during the first trimester.
  • This medicine is not expected to have any harmful effects if used during breastfeeding, but again, this has not been specifically studied. As with all medicines, you should check with your doctor before using this medicine if you are breastfeeding. If you do use this medicine during breastfeeding you should not apply it around the breast area before giving a feed, to avoid the infant accidentally ingesting the gel.

Side effects

Medicines and their possible side effects can affect individual people in different ways. The following are some of the side effects that are known to be associated with this medicine. Just because a side effect is stated here does not mean that all people using this medicine will experience that or any side effect.

  • Skin dryness.
  • Itching.
  • Redness.
  • Burning sensation.
  • Skin irritation.

The side effects listed above may not include all of the side effects reported by the medicine's manufacturer.

For more information about any other possible risks associated with this medicine, please read the information provided with the medicine or consult your doctor or pharmacist.

How can this medicine affect other medicines?

This medicine is not known to affect other medicines. However, if it is used in combination with other acne medications, you may find your skin becomes excessively dry. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice if this is the case.

Other medicines containing the same active ingredient

Nicam gel