RETIN-A DRUG INFO
The following information is intended to supplement, not substitute
for, the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacist or
other healthcare professional. It should not be construed to indicate
that use of the drug is safe, appropriate, or effective for you.
Consult your healthcare professional before using this drug.
TRETINOIN - TOPICAL (tret-ih-NO-in)
COMMON BRAND NAME(S): Retin-A
USES: This medication is used in
the treatment of acne. It reduces the formation of pimples and promotes
quick healing of pimples that do develop. This medication may also be used in the
treament of wrinkles and aging skin by thickening the dermis layer of the skin.
HOW TO USE: Patient instructions
are available with the product. Read them carefully before using.
Apply a thin layer to affected area at bedtime. Use a gauze pad
or cotton swab to apply the liquid. Wash hands immediately after
use. Using this medication more frequently or in excessive amounts
does not improve the results, but may increase side effects. Avoid
applying near the eyes, mouth, or open cuts since this medication
can irritate sensitive skin. Even though acne may appear to worsen
when Tretinoin is first used, continue therapy. It may take
three to six weeks before the full benefits of this medication are
SIDE EFFECTS: Immediately after
applying Retin-A, the skin may feel warm or mild stinging or redness may
occur. Some peeling of the skin may occur. These effects should
subside as your skin adjusts to the medication. If they persist
or become bothersome, inform your doctor to discuss other options. This medicine may
also increase sun sensitivity. Be sure to wear sun block or sun-protective clothing if
you are consistently exposed to the sun. Notify your doctor if you experience:
blistering, crusting, redness, severe burning or swelling of the
skin. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your
doctor or pharmacist.
PRECAUTIONS: This medication can
increase sensitivity to sunlight, wind and cold. Avoid prolonged
exposure to the sun and sunlamps. Wear protective clothing and use
an effective sunscreen, with an adequate spf. Use mild soap when washing your face. Do
not wash face excessively. Abrasive soaps, cleansers, medicated
creams or lotions can increase skin irritation and redness. Consult your doctor
or pharmacist about their use. Use other acne preparations with
caution while using this medication. Retin-A should be used
only when clearly needed during pregnancy. Discuss the risks and
benefits with your doctor before considering this treatment option. It is not known if this medication passes
into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.
THE MOST IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT RETIN-A:
DRUG INTERACTIONS: Tell your doctor
of all prescription and nonprescription drugs you may use. Do not
start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.
- Avoid exposure to sunlight or artificial UV rays (sunlamps or tanning beds). Retin-a 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 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 several weeks or months of tretinoin topical 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.
OVERDOSE: If overdose of Retin-A is suspected,
contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately.
This medicine may be harmful if swallowed. Symptoms of overdose
may include excessive redness, peeling, and general skin discomfort.
NOTES: Cosmetics may be used, but
clean skin thoroughly before applying the medication.
MISSED DOSE: If you miss a dose of Tretinoin,
use it as soon as remembered; do not use if it is almost time for
the next dose, instead, skip the missed dose and resume your usual
dosing schedule. Do not "double-up" the dose to catch
STORAGE: Store Retin-A at room temperature
away from sunlight.