Renova

PATIENT INFORMATION

RENOVA®
(reh-NO-vah)
Generic Name: Tretinoin Cream (0.05%)

Use only on the Face

Read this leaflet carefully before you start to use your medicine. Read the information you get every time you get more medicine. There may be new information about the drug. This leaflet does not take the place of talks with your doctor. It is important for you to talk with your doctor about how to use RENOVA (tretinoin emollient cream 0.05%) for the best results and how to reduce side effects.

What is the Most Important Information about RENOVA (tretinoin emollient cream 0.05%) ?

RENOVA (tretinoin emollient cream 0.05%) is a serious medicine. Do not use RENOVA (tretinoin emollient cream 0.05%) if you are pregnant or attempting to become pregnant. If you become pregnant while taking RENOVA (tretinoin emollient cream 0.05%) , please contact your doctor immediately.

Avoid sunlight and other medicines that may increase your sensitivity to sunlight (See “Who should not use RENOVA (tretinoin emollient cream 0.05%) ?”).

RENOVA (tretinoin emollient cream 0.05%) does not remove wrinkles or repair sun-damaged skin. (See “What is RENOVA (tretinoin emollient cream 0.05%) ?” for more details.) RENOVA (tretinoin emollient cream 0.05%) 0.05% has not been tested in people over age 50 or in people with medium or dark skin color. (See “Who should not use RENOVA (tretinoin emollient cream 0.05%) ?”)

What is RENOVA (tretinoin emollient cream 0.05%) 0.05%?

RENOVA (tretinoin emollient cream 0.05%) 0.05% is a prescription medicine that may reduce fine facial wrinkles, facial mottled hyperpigmentation, and facial skin roughness. It is for patients who are also using a skin care and sunlight avoidance program. RENOVA (tretinoin emollient cream 0.05%) does not remove wrinkles or repair sun-damaged skin. RENOVA (tretinoin emollient cream 0.05%) does not work for everyone who uses it. It may work better for some patients than for others.

RENOVA (tretinoin emollient cream 0.05%) should be used only under the guidance of your doctor as part of a skin care and sunlight avoidance program. This program should include avoiding sunlight as much as possible, using clothing to protect you from sunlight, using sunscreens with a minimum SPF of 15, and using face creams that add moisture to the skin.

When you use RENOVA (tretinoin emollient cream 0.05%) , you will not see improvement right away. Generally, you may notice some effects in 3 to 4 months. If RENOVA (tretinoin emollient cream 0.05%) treatment is stopped, the improvement may gradually disappear.

The use of RENOVA (tretinoin emollient cream 0.05%) 0.05% in patients for more than 48 weeks has not been studied. Therefore, it is not known if RENOVA (tretinoin emollient cream 0.05%) 0.05% is safe or works if used longer than 48 weeks. RENOVA (tretinoin emollient cream 0.05%) 0.05% has not been shown to work or to be safe in people over age 50, in people with medium to dark skin color, in people with visible actinic keratosis, or in people with a history of skin cancer.

Who should not use RENOVA (tretinoin emollient cream 0.05%) ?

Do not use RENOVA (tretinoin emollient cream 0.05%) if:

  • you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. If you become pregnant while taking RENOVA (tretinoin emollient cream 0.05%) , please contact your doctor immediately.
  • you are sunburned or your skin is irritated
  • you are highly sensitive to sunlight
  • you are allergic to any of RENOVA's ingredients. The active ingredient is tretinoin. Ask your doctor or pharmacist about the inactive ingredients.

RENOVA (tretinoin emollient cream 0.05%) can cause increased skin irritation and increased chance of sunburn.

Tell your doctor if you have any skin condition. RENOVA (tretinoin emollient cream 0.05%) may not be right for you.

Because RENOVA (tretinoin emollient cream 0.05%) may make your skin more likely to burn from sunlight, tell your doctor if you are using other medicines that increase sensitivity to sunlight. You should not use RENOVA (tretinoin emollient cream 0.05%) with such medicines. These include, but are not limited to:

If you are taking any prescription or non-prescription medicines, check with your doctor to make sure you can use RENOVA (tretinoin emollient cream 0.05%) with them.

We do not know if RENOVA (tretinoin emollient cream 0.05%) is passed to infants through breast milk. Therefore, tell your doctor if you are breast feeding.

How should I use RENOVA (tretinoin emollient cream 0.05%) ?

Use RENOVA (tretinoin emollient cream 0.05%) as part of a total skin care and sunlight avoidance program. Follow your doctor's instructions on how to use RENOVA (tretinoin emollient cream 0.05%) . RENOVA (tretinoin emollient cream 0.05%) is usually applied to the face once a day in the evening, following the 3 steps listed below:

  • Gently wash your face with a mild soap.
  • Pat the skin dry and wait 20-30 minutes before applying RENOVA (tretinoin emollient cream 0.05%) .
  • Apply only a pea-sized amount of RENOVA (tretinoin emollient cream 0.05%) to the face at one time. It should be enough to cover the entire affected area lightly.

Be especially careful when applying RENOVA (tretinoin emollient cream 0.05%) to avoid your eyes, ears, nostrils, angles of the nose, and mouth. RENOVA (tretinoin emollient cream 0.05%) may cause severe redness, itching, burning, stinging, and peeling if used on these areas.

Using too much RENOVA (tretinoin emollient cream 0.05%) may increase discomfort and skin redness and peeling.

You may use cosmetics one hour after applying RENOVA (tretinoin emollient cream 0.05%) . If you do, be sure to clean your face well before applying RENOVA (tretinoin emollient cream 0.05%) again. Skin moisturizers should be used at least every morning to protect the treated areas from dryness.

Use sunscreen and wear protective clothing to protect the treated areas from sunlight. If you sunburn easily, or if you spend a lot of time exposed to sunlight, be especially careful to protect your skin.

What should I avoid while using RENOVA (tretinoin emollient cream 0.05%) ?

RENOVA (tretinoin emollient cream 0.05%) can make your treated skin more sensitive to sunlight. Therefore, keep out of the sunlight as much as possible and do not use sunlamps. Avoid as much as possible products that can increase skin irritation, such as:

  • other skin medicines
  • medicated or abrasive (rough) soaps
  • permanent wave solutions
  • chemical hair removers or waxes
  • electrolysis
  • products with alcohol, spices, astringents, or lime
  • cleansers, shampoos, or cosmetics with a strong drying effect
  • other products that may irritate your skin

What are the possible side effects of RENOVA (tretinoin emollient cream 0.05%) ?

You may feel brief warmth or stinging on your skin after you use RENOVA (tretinoin emollient cream 0.05%) . Most patients report peeling, dry skin, burning, stinging, itching, and redness,. These are usually mild to moderate and occur early in treatment. Contact your doctor if the side effects are a problem.

General advice about prescription medicines

Medicines are sometimes prescribed for conditions that are not mentioned in patient information leaflets. Only use RENOVA (tretinoin emollient cream 0.05%) to treat the condition that your doctor has prescribed it for. Do not give RENOVA (tretinoin emollient cream 0.05%) to other people. It may harm them.

This leaflet summarizes the most important information about RENOVA (tretinoin emollient cream 0.05%) . If you would like more information, talk with your doctor. You can ask your pharmacist or doctor for information about RENOVA (tretinoin emollient cream 0.05%) that is written for health professionals.

Last reviewed on RxList: 12/10/2008
This monograph has been modified to include the generic and brand name in many instances.

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