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(alitretinoin) Gel 0.1%
(For topical use only)
Panretin® gel 0.1% contains alitretinoin and is intended for topical application only. The chemical name is 9-cis-retinoic acid and the structural formula is as follows:
Chemically, alitretinoin is related to vitamin A. It is a yellow powder with a molecular weight of 300.44 and a molecular formula of C20H28O2. It is slightly soluble in ethanol (7.01 mg/g at 25oC) and insoluble in water. Panretin (alitretinoin) ® gel is a clear, yellow gel containing 0.1% (w/w) alitretinoin in a base of dehydrated alcohol USP, polyethylene glycol 400 NF, hydroxypropyl cellulose NF, and butylated hydroxytoluene NF.
What are the possible side effects of alitretinoin topical (Panretin)?
Serious side effects are not likely to occur. Stop using alitretinoin topical and seek emergency medical attention if you experience an allergic reaction (shortness of breath; closing of your throat; swelling of your lips, face, or tongue; or hives).
If you experience any of the following less serious side effects at the application site(s), continue to use alitretinoin topical and notify your doctor
- burning, stinging, or pain;
- swelling or...
What are the precautions when taking alitretinoin (Panretin)?
Before using alitretinoin, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or to other retinoids (e.g., tretinoin); or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.
Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: a certain type of cancer (skin T-cell lymphoma).
This medication may make you more sensitive to the sun. Avoid prolonged sun exposure, tanning booths, and sunlamps. Use a sunscreen and wear protective clothing when outdoors.
This medication is not recommended for use during pregnancy. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.
It is not known whether this...
Last reviewed on RxList: 11/17/2008
This monograph has been modified to include the generic and brand name in many instances.
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