Retin-A Side Effects Center
Medical Editor: John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP
Retin-A (tretinoin) Cream and Gel is a form of Vitamin A used for the topical treatment of acne vulgaris. Retin-A is available in generic form. If you have sensitive skin, common side effects of Retin-A include red, swollen, blistered, or crusted skin; burning, warmth, stinging, tingling, itching, dryness, peeling, or irritation where the medicine is applied; or changes in skin color (darker or lighter).
Apply Retin-A to infected areas once a day. Use enough to cover the entire affected area lightly. Exposure to sunlight including sunlamps should be minimized while using Retin-A. If you have a sun burn you should avoid using Retin-A until you have completely recovered from the sun burn. Retin-A may interact with other topical medications, especially those containing sulfur, resorcinol, or salicylic acid. Tell your doctor all medications you use. Retin-A should be used during pregnancy only if the potential benefit justifies the potential risk to the fetus. Caution should be exercised when Retin-A is used during breastfeeding.
Our Retin-A (tretinoin) 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.
What is Patient Information in Detail?
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Retin-A 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.
Read the entire detailed patient monograph for Retin-A (Tretinoin)
What is Prescribing information?
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Retin-A FDA Prescribing Information: Side Effects
The skin of certain sensitive individuals may become excessively red, edematous, blistered, or crusted. If these effects occur, the medication should either be discontinued until the integrity of the skin is restored, or the medication should be adjusted to a level the patient can tolerate. True contact allergy to topical tretinoin is rarely encountered. Temporary hyper- or hypopigmentation has been reported with repeated application of RETIN-A. Some individuals have been reported to have heightened susceptibility to sunlight while under treatment with RETIN-A. To date, all adverse effects of RETIN-A have been reversible upon discontinuance of therapy (see DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION Section).
Read the entire FDA prescribing information for Retin-A (Tretinoin)
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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