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Retin-A (tretinoin)

Pharmacy Author: 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)

Retin-A (tretinoin) Indications


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.
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