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Tretinoin (Topical)

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Uses
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Notes

    Related terms
    • U.S. Brand Names: AtralinT;Avita®;RefissaT;Renova®;Retin-A Micro®;Retin-A®;Tretin-XT
    • Canadian Brand Names: Rejuva-A®;Renova®;Retin-A Micro®;Retin-A®;Retinova®;Stieva-A
    • Mexican Brand Names: Acfen-A;Retacnyl;Retin-A;Stieva-A
    • Pharmacologic Category: Acne Products;Retinoic Acid Derivative;Topical Skin Product, Acne

    Uses
    • It is used to treat pimples (acne).
    • It is used to treat skin harmed by the sun and some skin cancers.
    • It is used to lower the number of wrinkles and liver spots. It may take 6 weeks to see the full effect.
    • Tretinoin, topical raises cell turnover and lets the top layer of skin peel off. It may take up to 7 weeks to see the full effects.

    Dosing

    How to take

    • Do not take this drug by mouth. Use on your skin only. Keep out of your mouth, nose, and eyes (may burn).
    • Put on at bedtime.
    • Wash your hands before and after use.
    • Clean affected part before use. Make sure to dry well.
    • Wait 30 minutes before use.
    • Put a thin layer on the affected skin and rub in gently.
    • Practice good skin care and avoid the sun.

    Missed Dose

    • Put on a missed dose as soon as you think about it.
    • If it is close to the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your normal time.
    • Do not put on two doses or extra doses.

    Storage

    • Store at room temperature.
    • Protect gel from heat.

    Safety



    Avoid

    • If you have an allergy to tretinoin or any other part of this drug.
    • Tell your doctor if you are allergic to any drugs. Make sure to tell about the allergy and what signs you had. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.
    • If you are sunburned.

    Precautions

    • If you have eczema, talk with your doctor.
    • Skin may look worse before it looks better.
    • Avoid cigarette smoking.
    • Check all drugs you are taking with your doctor. This drug may not mix well with some other drugs.
    • You can get sunburned more easily. Avoid sun, sunlamps, and tanning beds. Use sunscreen and wear clothing and eyewear that protects you from the sun.
    • Do not use coverings (bandages, dressings, make-up) unless told to do so by your doctor.
    • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant.
    • Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding.

    Side Effects

    • Short-term pain after use.
    • Skin irritation.
    • Sunburn.

    Monitoring

    • Change in the health problem being treated. Is it better, worse, or about the same?
    • Follow up with the doctor.

    Contact a healthcare provider

    • If you think there was an overdose, call your local poison control center or ER right away.
    • Signs of a very bad reaction to the drug. These include wheezing; chest tightness; fever; itching; bad cough; blue skin color; seizures; or swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat.
    • Very bad skin irritation.
    • Health problem is not better or you are feeling worse.

    General Statements

    • If you have a very bad allergy, wear an allergy ID at all times.
    • Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else's drugs.
    • Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
    • Most drugs can be thrown away in household trash after mixing with coffee grounds or kitty litter and sealing in a plastic bag.
    • In Canada, take any unused drugs to the pharmacy. Also, visit http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/hl-vs/iyh-vsv/med/disposal-defaire-eng.php#th to learn about the right way to get rid of unused drugs.
    • Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
    • Call your doctor for help with any side effects. You may also call the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or Health Canada's Vigilance Program at 1-866-234-2345.
    • Talk with the doctor before starting any new drug, including OTC, natural products, or vitamins.

    Author information
    • Copyright © 1978-2010 Lexi-Comp Inc. All rights reserved.

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    The information in this monograph is intended for informational purposes only, and is meant to help users better understand health concerns. Information is based on review of scientific research data, historical practice patterns, and clinical experience. This information should not be interpreted as specific medical advice. Users should consult with a qualified healthcare provider for specific questions regarding therapies, diagnosis and/or health conditions, prior to making therapeutic decisions.

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