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Renova Side Effects Center
Medical Editor: John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP
Renova (tretinoin cream) is a topical (applied to the skin) form of vitamin A used to reduce the appearance of fine wrinkles and mottled skin discoloration, and to make rough facial skin feel smoother. Renova is available in generic form. Common side effects of Renova include a brief sensation of warmth, stinging, or tingling immediately after applying the medication. Skin redness, dryness, itching, scaling, mild burning, swelling, peeling, irritation, discoloration, or worsening of acne may occur during the first 2-4 weeks of using Renova. These effects usually decrease with continued use.
Renova should be applied to the face once a day in the evening, using only a pea-sized amount to cover the entire affected area lightly. Patients should wash their face with soap, then dry, and wait 20 to 30 minutes before applying Renova. Hands should be washed immediately after. Renova may interact with diuretics (water pills), tetracycline, antibiotics, sulfa drugs, chlorpromazine, prochlorperazine, fluphenazine, promethazine, perphenazine, and others. Tell your doctor all medications you are taking. Remova is not recommended for use during pregnancy. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor. It is not known whether this drug passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.
Our Renova (tretinoin cream) Side Effects Drug Center provides a comprehensive view of available drug information on the potential side effects when taking this medication.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
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Renova in Detail - Patient Information: Side Effects
Stop using this medication and get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Less serious side effects may include burning, warmth, stinging, tingling, itching, redness, swelling, dryness, peeling, irritation, or discolored skin.
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Renova Overview - Patient Information: Side Effects
If any of these effects persist or worsen, notify your doctor or pharmacist promptly. Your doctor may want you to decrease how often you use tretinoin, change the strength, or have you stop using it.
Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.
Notify your doctor if you experience: blistering, crusting, severe burning/swelling of the skin, eye redness and watering (conjunctivitis), eyelid swelling, darkening or lightening of skin color.
A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is unlikely, but seek immediate medical attention if it occurs. Symptoms of a serious allergic reaction may include: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.
This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
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Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
In Canada - Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to Health Canada at 1-866-234-2345.
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Renova FDA Prescribing Information: Side Effects
In double-blind, vehicle-controlled studies involving 179 patients who applied RENOVA (tretinoin emollient cream 0.05%) 0.05% to their face, adverse reactions associated with the use of RENOVA (tretinoin emollient cream 0.05%) 0.05% were limited primarily to the skin. During these trials, 4% of patients had to discontinue use of RENOVA (tretinoin emollient cream 0.05%) 0.05% because of adverse reactions. These discontinuations were due to skin irritation or related cutaneous adverse reactions.
Local reactions such as peeling, dry skin, burning, stinging, erythema, and pruritus were reported by almost all subjects during therapy with RENOVA (tretinoin emollient cream 0.05%) 0.05%. These signs and symptoms were usually of mild to moderate severity and generally occurred early in therapy. In most patients the dryness, peeling, and redness recurred after an initial (24 week) decline.
In spontaneous post-marketing adverse event reporting for RENOVA (tretinoin emollient cream 0.05%) 0.05%, approximately 2% of those were for skin hypo- or hyperpigmentation. Other spontaneously reported adverse events predominantly appear to be local reactions similar to those seen in clinical trials.
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