Avita

Last updated on RxList: 1/4/2017
Avita Side Effects Center

Medical Editor: John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP

Last reviewed on RxList 5/6/2016

Avita (tretinoin gel) is a topical retinoid indicated for topical application in the treatment of acne vulgaris. Avita is available as a generic named tretinoin. Side effects of Avita Gel include skin redness, swelling, blistering, or crusting. If these side effects of Avita Gel occur, the medication should either be discontinued until the integrity of the skin is restored, or the medication dosing frequency should be adjusted temporarily to a level the patient can tolerate. Other side effects of Avita Gel include:

  • skin burning
  • warmth
  • stinging
  • tingling
  • itching
  • dryness
  • peeling
  • irritation, or
  • discoloration

Avita Gel is available in 0.025% strength in quantities of 20g and 45g. Avita Gel should be applied once a day, in the evening, to the skin where acne lesions appear, using enough to cover the entire affected area lightly. Application may cause a transient feeling of warmth or slight stinging. Topical medication, medicated or abrasive soaps and cleansers, soaps and cosmetics that have strong drying effects and products with high concentrations of alcohol, astringents, spices or lime should be used with caution because of possible interaction with tretinoin. Patients need to avoid getting the drug in the eyes or mucus membranes because these structures may be damaged. AVITA GEL IS FLAMMABLE. Keep the drug away from heat and flame. Keep the tube tightly closed. Avita Gel may interact with diuretics (water pills), tetracycline class drugs, antibiotics, sulfa drugs, phenothiazines, and products that contain benzoyl peroxide, sulfur, resorcinol, or salicylic acid. Tell your doctor all medications and supplements you use. Avita Gel should not be used during pregnancy. It is not known whether Avita Gel is excreted in human milk. Caution should be exercised when Avita Gel is administered to a nursing woman. There are no studies available for use of Avita in pediatric patients.

Our Avita Gel 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.

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Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Call your doctor at once if you have:

  • severe burning, stinging, or irritation of treated skin;
  • severe skin dryness; or
  • severe redness, swelling, blistering, peeling, or crusting.

Your skin may be more sensitive to weather extremes such as cold and wind while using this medicine.

Common side effects may include:

  • skin pain, redness, burning, itching, or irritation;
  • sore throat;
  • mild warmth or stinging where the medicine was applied; or
  • changes in color of treated 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 entire detailed patient monograph for Avita (Tretinoin Gel)

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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 dosing frequency should be adjusted temporarily to a level the patient can tolerate. However, efficacy has not been established for lower dosing frequencies. True contact allergy to topical tretinoin is rarely encountered. Temporary hyper- or hypopigmentation has been reported with repeated application of AVITA® Gel. Some individuals have been reported to have heightened susceptibility to sunlight while under treatment with AVITA® Gel. Adverse effects of AVITA® Gel have been reversible upon discontinuation of therapy (see DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION Section).

Read the entire FDA prescribing information for Avita (Tretinoin Gel)

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