Retin-A Patient Information Including Side Effects
Brand Names: Altinac, Atralin, Avita, Renova, Retin A Micro Gel, Retin-A, Tretin-X
Generic Name: tretinoin topical (Pronunciation: TRET in oin)
- What is tretinoin topical (Retin-A)?
- What are the possible side effects of tretinoin topical?
- What is the most important information I should know about tretinoin topical?
- What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before using tretinoin topical?
- How should I use tretinoin topical?
- What happens if I miss a dose?
- What happens if I overdose?
- What should I avoid while using tretinoin topical?
- What other drugs will affect tretinoin topical?
- Where can I get more information?
What is tretinoin topical (Retin-A)?
Tretinoin is a topical (applied to the skin) form of vitamin A that helps the skin renew itself.
The Retin-A and Avita brands of tretinoin are used to treat acne. The Renova brand of tretinoin is used to reduce the appearance of fine wrinkles and mottled skin discoloration, and to make rough facial skin feel smoother.
Tretinoin topical may also be used for other purposes not listed in this medication guide.
What are the possible side effects of tretinoin topical?
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.
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.
Read the Retin-A (tretinoin) Side Effects Center for a complete guide to possible side effects
What is the most important information I should know about tretinoin topical?
Avoid exposure to sunlight or artificial UV rays (sunlamps or tanning beds). Tretinoin topical can make your skin more sensitive to sunlight and sunburn may result. Use a sunscreen (minimum SPF 15) and wear protective clothing if you must be out in the sun.
Avoid getting this medication in your eyes, mouth, and nose, or on your lips. If it does get into any of these areas, wash with water. Do not use tretinoin topical on sunburned, windburned, dry, chapped, irritated, or broken skin. Also avoid using this medication in wounds or on areas of eczema. Wait until these conditions have healed before using tretinoin topical.
Use this medication for as many days as it has been prescribed for you even if you think it is not working. It may take weeks or months of use before you notice improvement in your skin. If you are using tretinoin topical to treat acne, your condition may get slightly worse for a short time when you first start using the medication. Call your doctor if skin irritation becomes severe or if your acne does not improve within 8 to 12 weeks.
Additional Retin-A Information
Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration
You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.
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