Retin-A Micro

PATIENT INFORMATION

RETIN-A MICRO®
(tretinoin gel) Microsphere, 0.1% and 0.04%

For Topical Use Only

Read this information carefully before you start to use your medicine and each time you get more medicine. There may be new information about this medicine when you get your prescription renewed. This leaflet provides a summary of the information about Retin-A Micro® (tretinoin gel) . It does not include everything there is to know about your medicine. This information does not take the place of talking with your doctor; so, if you have any questions or are not sure about something, ask your doctor or pharmacist.

What is the most important information I should know about Retin-A Micro® (tretinoin gel) ?

Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, think you are pregnant, trying to get pregnant, or are breastfeeding. If you become pregnant while using Retin-A Micro® (tretinoin gel) , contact your doctor right away.

Retin-A Micro® (tretinoin gel) may make your skin very dry, red, swollen or blistered. Contact your doctor if these side effects bother you.

Use other acne medicines with Retin-A Micro® (tretinoin gel) only on your doctor's advice and follow your doctor's instructions carefully. The medicines you have used in the past might cause too much redness or peeling.

Avoid sunlight or sunlamps and medicines that may make you more sensitive to sunlight. Your doctor can help you find out if you are taking medicines that may make you more sensitive to sunlight. (See "Who should not use Retin-A Micro®?" And "What should I avoid while using Retin-A Micro® (tretinoin gel) ?")

What is Retin-A Micro® (tretinoin gel) ?

Retin-A Micro® (tretinoin gel) is a prescription medicine that you put on your skin to treat acne. Acne is a condition in which the skin has blackheads, whiteheads, and other pimples.

Who should not use Retin-A Micro® (tretinoin gel) ?

Do not use Retin-A Micro® (tretinoin gel) if:

  • you are sunburned. Do not use Retin-A Micro® (tretinoin gel) until your skin has fully recovered.
  • you have eczema or other skin conditions. Retin-A Micro® (tretinoin gel) can cause severe irritation if used on eczema.
  • you are allergic to any of the ingredients in Retin-A Micro®.

The active ingredient is tretinoin. See the list of other ingredients at the end of this leaflet.

Tell your doctor before using Retin-A-Micro® if:

  • you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or may be pregnant.
  • you are breastfeeding. We do not know if Retin-A Micro® (tretinoin gel) can pass through your milk to the baby.
  • you are using any other medicines to treat your acne. Do not use other medicines unless they are recommended by your doctor. Other acne medicines used with Retin-A Micro® (tretinoin gel) may make your face more likely to be dry and red and cause it to peel.
  • you are taking medicines for other health conditions. Some medicines may make your skin more sensitive to sunlight. Tell your doctor about all medicines that you are taking. (See "Who should not use Retin-A Micro® (tretinoin gel) ?" And "What should I avoid while using Retin-A Micro® (tretinoin gel) ?")

How should I use Retin-A Micro® (tretinoin gel) ?

Wash your skin with mild, non-medicated soap and dry your skin gently. Apply Retin-A Micro® (tretinoin gel) once a day in the evening, or as directed by your doctor.

Tube: Squeeze a small amount of Retin-A Micro® (tretinoin gel) (about the size of a pea) on your fingertip. Dab Retin-A Micro® (tretinoin gel) on your forehead, chin, and both cheeks. Spread Retin-A Micro® (tretinoin gel) evenly over the entire surface of your face by gently smoothing it into yourskin.

Pump: Fully depress the pump twice to dispense a small amount of Retin-A Micro® (about the size of a pea) onto your fingertip. Dab Retin-A Micro® (tretinoin gel) on yourforehead, chin, and both cheeks. Spread Retin-A Micro® (tretinoin gel) evenly over the entire surface of your face by gently smoothing it into your skin.

Do not put Retin-A Micro® (tretinoin gel) near your mouth, eyes, or open sores, oron the corners of your nose. Spread Retin-A Micro® (tretinoin gel) away from these areas when putting Retin-A Micro® (tretinoin gel) on your skin.

Do not use more Retin-A Micro® (tretinoin gel) than your doctor has prescribed. Do not use Retin-A Micro® (tretinoin gel) more often than your doctor has told you. Too much Retin-A Micro® may irritate or increase the irritation of your skin, and will not give faster or better results.

How to use: RETIN-A MICRO®
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You can use a facial cream or lotion each morning after washing your face. It should contain a sun protection factor (SPF) of 15 or higher. Follow your doctor's advice because you need to use a cream or lotion that will not make your acne worse. You may use cosmetics with Retin-A Micro® (tretinoin gel) . However, clean your face before using cosmetics and remove cosmetics from your skin before using Retin-A Micro® (tretinoin gel) . Talk to your doctor about recommended cosmetics.

You may not see improvement right away. Retin-A Micro® (tretinoin gel) may work better for some patients than for others. Keep using Retin-A Micro® (tretinoin gel) even after your acne improves. You may notice some results after two weeks, but more than seven weeks of using Retin-A Micro® (tretinoin gel) are needed before you see the full benefit.

Early in therapy, you may notice new pimples. At this stage, it is important to continue using Retin-A Micro® (tretinoin gel) .

Once your acne is under control you should continue regular application of Retin-A Micro® (tretinoin gel) until your doctor instructs otherwise.

What should I avoid while using Retin-A Micro® (tretinoin gel) ?

Spend as little time as possible in the sun. Use a daily sunscreen with a SPF 15 rating or higher, sun protective clothing, and a wide brimmed hat to protect you from sunlight. When outside, even on hazy days, areas treated with Retin-A Micro® should be protected. Do not use sunlamps. Retin-A Micro® (tretinoin gel) may make you get sunburned more easily. If you do get sunburned, stop using Retin-A Micro® until your skin is completely back to normal. Talk to your doctor about how to protect your skin if you must be in sunlight a lot.

Avoid cold weather and wind as much as possible and use clothing to protect you from the weather. Skin treated with Retin-A Micro® (tretinoin gel) may dry out or get windburned more easily.

Avoid skin products that may dry or irritate your skin. Such products are those that contain astringents, alcohol, or spices and include certain medicated soaps, shampoos and hair permanent solutions. Avoid contact with the peel of limes. Your skin may become very dry, red, swollen, blistered, or crusted with these products. If you get severe skin irritation or skin irritation that will not go away, stop using Retin-A Micro® (tretinoin gel) and call your doctor. You should talk to your doctor about the use of all skin care products while using Retin-A Micro® (tretinoin gel) .

Avoid washing your face too often and do not scrub your face hard when washing it. Use a mild, non-medicated soap and wash gently and pat dry.

Talk to your doctor about using other acne medicines while using Retin-A Micro® (tretinoin gel) as they could cause redness or peeling.

What are the possible side effects of Retin-A Micro® (tretinoin gel) ?

A brief feeling of warmth or stinging may be normal when you apply Retin-A Micro®.

The most common side effect with Retin-A Micro® (tretinoin gel) is skin irritation. This can include skin redness, burning, stinging, itching, dryness, and peeling. Some of these side effects may go away or bother you less after you have used Retin-A Micro® (tretinoin gel) for a few weeks. Tell your doctor if these side effects become a problem. Your doctor may change your dose of Retin-A Micro® (tretinoin gel) . However, the effectiveness of Retin-A Micro® (tretinoin gel) when used less than once a day has not been proven.

There may be some mild discomfort or peeling during the early weeks of treatment. Some patients also notice that their skin begins to take on a blush. These reactions happen to about half of the people using Retin-A Micro® (tretinoin gel) . If this happens to you, it is just your skin getting used to Retin-A Micro® (tretinoin gel) . This usually improves by 4 weeks after starting treatment. These reactions can usually be lessened by following instructions carefully. If the discomfort is a problem, talk to your doctor.

Call your doctor right away if your face becomes very dry, red, swollen, or blistered. Your doctor may ask you to stop using Retin-A Micro® (tretinoin gel) for a while, change the amount of Retin-A Micro® (tretinoin gel) you are using, or change the times that you use Retin-A Micro® (tretinoin gel) .

These are not all the side effects possible with Retin-A Micro® (tretinoin gel) . For more information, ask your doctor or pharmacist.

General Information about Retin-A Micro® (tretinoin gel) .

This medicine is for your use only. Do not allow anyone else to use this medicine. Medicines are sometimes prescribed for conditions not mentioned in patient information leaflets. Do not use Retin-A Micro® (tretinoin gel) for a condition for which it was not prescribed by your doctor.

What are the ingredients of Retin-A Micro®?

The active ingredient is tretinoin. The inactive ingredients are purified water, carbomer 974P (0.04% formulation), carbomer934P (0.1 % formulation), glycerin, disodium EDTA. propylene glycol, sorbic acid, PPG-20 methyl glucose ether distearate, cyclomethicone and dimethicone copolyol, benzyl alcohol, trolamine, and butylated hydroxytoluene.

How do I store Retin-A Micro® (tretinoin gel) ?

Retin-A Micro® (tretinoin gel) should be stored at room temperature, 15°-25°C (59°-77°F).

Where can I get more information about Retin-A Micro® (tretinoin gel) ?

You can ask your doctor or pharmacist for the information about Retin-A Micro® (tretinoin gel) that is written for health professionals. You can also contact OrthoNeutrogena by calling their toll-free number: 877-738-4624. Call between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday. Or you can visit our website: www.retinamicro.com.

Last reviewed on RxList: 12/2/2009
This monograph has been modified to include the generic and brand name in many instances.

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