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Tretinoin 0.1% Cream 45gm – Generic Retin-A

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What is tretinoin topical?

Tretinoin is a topical (applied to the skin)
form of vitamin A that helps the skin renew itself.

The Retin-A and Avita brands of tretinoin are used to treat
acne. The Renova brand of tretinoin is used to reduce the appearance of fine
wrinkles and mottled skin discoloration, and to make rough facial skin feel
smoother.

What is the most important information I should know about
tretinoin topical?

Avoid exposure to sunlight or artificial UV rays (sunlamps or tanning beds).
Tretinoin topical can make your skin more sensitive to sunlight and sunburn may
result. Use a sunscreen (minimum SPF
15
) and wear protective clothing if you must be out in the sun. Avoid
getting this medication in your eyes, mouth, and nose, or on your lips. If it
does get into any of these areas, wash with water. Do not use tretinoin topical
on sunburned, windburned, dry, chapped, irritated, or broken skin. Also avoid
using this medication in wounds or on areas of eczema. Wait until these
conditions have healed before using tretinoin topical. Use this medication for
as many days as it has been prescribed for you even if you think it is not
working. It may take weeks or months of use before you notice improvement in
your skin. If you are using tretinoin topical to treat acne, your condition may
get slightly worse for a short time when you first start using the medication.
Call your doctor if skin irritation becomes severe or if your acne does not
improve within 8 to 12 weeks.

What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before
using tretinoin topical?

FDA pregnancy category C. It is not known whether tretinoin topical is harmful
to an unborn baby. Before taking this medication, tell your doctor if you are
pregnant or plan to become pregnant during treatment. Tretinoin topical can pass
into breast milk and may harm a nursing baby. Do not use this medication without
telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

How should I use tretinoin topical?

Use tretinoin topical exactly as your doctor has prescribed
it for you. Using more medicine or applying it more often than prescribed will
not make it work any faster, and may increase side effects. Do not use this
medication for longer than your doctor has prescribed.

Wash your hands before and after applying tretinoin topical. Before applying, clean
and dry the skin area to be treated.

Applying tretinoin topical to wet skin may cause skin
irritation.

If you use Renova, wait at least 20 minutes after washing your face before
applying a thin layer of the medication.

Do not wash the treated area for at least 1 hour after
applying tretinoin topical. Avoid the use of other skin
products
on the treated area for at least 1 hour following
application of tretinoin topical.

Applying an excessive amount of tretinoin gel may result in
“pilling” of the medication. If this occurs, use a thinner layer of
gel with the next application.

Tretinoin topical should be used as part of a complete skin
care
program that includes avoiding sunlight and using an effective
sunscreen and protective clothing.

Use this medication for as many days as it has been prescribed for you even if
you think it is not working. It may take weeks or months of use before you
notice improvement in your skin. If you are using tretinoin topical to treat
acne, your condition may get slightly worse for a short time when you first
start using the medication. Call your doctor if skin irritation becomes severe
or if your acne does not improve within 8 to 12 weeks. Store tretinoin topical
at room temperature away from moisture
and heat. The gel formulations of Retin-A are flammable, keep them away from
open flame.

What happens if I miss a dose?

Use the medication as soon as you remember. If it is almost
time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and wait until your next regularly
scheduled dose. Do not apply extra medicine to make up the missed dose.

What happens if I overdose?

Seek emergency medical attention if you think you have used too much of this
medicine. Tretinoin topical is not expected to cause overdose symptoms.

What should I avoid while using tretinoin topical?

Avoid exposure to sunlight or artificial UV rays (sunlamps or tanning beds).
Tretinoin topical can make your skin more sensitive to sunlight and sunburn may
result. Use a sunscreen (minimum SPF 15) and wear protective clothing if you
must be out in the sun. Avoid getting this medication in your eyes, mouth, and
nose, or on your lips. If it does get into any of these areas, wash with water.
Do not use tretinoin topical on skin that is sunburned, windburned, dry,
chapped, or irritated. Also avoid using this medication in wounds or on areas of
eczema. Wait until these conditions have healed before using tretinoin topical.

Avoid using skin products that can cause irritation, such as
harsh soaps, shampoos, or skin
cleansers
, hair coloring or permanent chemicals, hair removers or
waxes, or skin products with alcohol, spices, astringents, or lime. Do not use
other medication skin products unless your doctor has told you to.

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

Tretinoin topical 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.

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