Pharmacy Author: Omudhome Ogbru, PharmD Pharmacy Editor: Jay W. Marks, MD Drug Class: Topical acne agents Similar Drugs: Renova (tretinoin), Atralin (tretinoin), Avita (tretinoin), Retissa, Tretin-X, Retin-A Micro (tretinoin)
In this drug monograph:
Retin-A (tretinoin) Indications
- Retin-A has the following indications:
- Acne vulgaris
- Smoothening of fine wrinkles
- Hyperpigmentation of aged skin (off-label)
Dosage and Administration of Retin-A (tretinoin)
- Retin-A is supplied as 0.01%, 0.02%, 0.025%, 0.0375%, 0.04%, 0.05%, and 0.1% cream, gel, or solution.
- Acne, fine wrinkles or hyperpigmentation: Apply small (pea-sized) amount to affected areas nightly after washing skin. Avoid applying to lips, mucous membranes, and close to eyes.
Contraindications, Warnings, and Precautions
- Do not use if hypersensitive to any component of Retin-A
- Hypersensitivity reactions to tadalafil (Viagra or Revatio)
- Gels are flammable; avoid fire, flame or smoking during use.
- May increase sun sensitivity. Therefore, sunlight exposure should be minimized.
- May irritate other skin conditions such as eczema. Therefore, use with caution.
- Pregnancy: Some reports suggest that Retin-A may be associated with birth defects, but a definite causal relationship has not been established.
Additional Retin-A Information
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