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.
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 the medication 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, 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. This medicine may also
increase sun sensitivity. 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. Use mild soap when washing your face. Do
not wash face excessively. Abrasive soaps, cleansers, medicated
creams or lotions can increase skin irritation. Consult your doctor
or pharmacist about their use. Use other acne preparations with
caution while using this medication. This medication should be used
only when clearly needed during pregnancy. Discuss the risks and
benefits with your doctor. It is not known if this medication passes
into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.
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.
OVERDOSE: If overdose 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 discomfort.
NOTES: Cosmetics may be used, but
clean skin thoroughly before applying the medication.
MISSED DOSE: If you miss a dose,
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 at room temperature
away from sunlight.