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Tretinoin

Prescription vs.OTC: Prescription by Doctor required
Last Updated: December 19, 2019

Tretinoin also known as all-trans retinoic acid and belongs to the group known as retinoids. It is prescribed to patients with severe acne problems, photodamaged skin and even some skin cancers.

This drug, taken in the form of cream or ointment, effectively treats acne. It also reduces the number of pimples that tend to develop, while healing pimples that have already developed on the body. The drug affects skin cell growth in the body regulating the number of pimples that crop up.

This medication should be cautiously used in eczema patients. Excessive exposure to sunlight must be avoided. Also, ensure that it does not get into the eyes. If it does rinse your eyes with water until the irritation stops. If irritation persists call your doctor and seek further advice.

Information given here is based on the salt content of the medicine. Uses and effects of the medicine may vary from person to person. It is advisable to consult a Dermatologist before using this medicine.

The medication can treat the below provided problems:

  • Acne Vulgaris

  • Wrinkled And Rough/Mottled Skin

  • Hypersensitivity

A patient can suffer from the following side effects:

  • Skin Irritation

  • Burning Or Tingling Sensation Of Skin

  • Red Spots On Skin

  • Peeling And Blistering Of Skin

  • Patchy Appearance Of Skin

  • Erythema

  • Hyperpigmentation

  • Photosensitivity

  • How long is the duration of effect?

    The time duration for which this medicine remains effective is not clinically established.
  • What is the onset of action?

    The effect of this medicine can be observed within 2-4 weeks of topical application.
  • Are there any pregnancy warnings?

    Use of this medicine by pregnant women is not recommended.
  • Is it habit forming?

    No habit forming tendencies were reported.
  • Are there any breast-feeding warnings?

    This medicine is not recommended for use by women who are breastfeeding.
  • Missed Dose instructions

    Apply the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for the next scheduled dose then missed dose application can be skipped.
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  • United States

  • Japan

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This medication works by binding to alpha, beta, and gamma retinoic acid receptors (RARs) thus activating them. This produces changes in the gene expression that leads to decreased cell multiplication, inhibition of tumorigenesis and cell differentiation.

Whenever you take more than one medicine, or mix it with certain foods or beverages, you"re at risk of a drug interaction.

  • Interaction with Disease

    Eczema

    This medicine should not be used if you are taking medicine for eczema or suffer from a skin abrasion.

    Sunburn

    Use of this medicine on the sunburnt skin should be avoided. Your doctor may prescribe an alternate medicine that is better tolerated.
  • Interaction with Alcohol

    Alcohol

    Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.
  • Interaction with Medicine

    Benzoyl Peroxide (Topical)

    Report the use of either of the medicine to the doctor. Your doctor may determine the best course of treatment. Do not stop the use of any medicine without consulting your doctor.

    Salicylic acid (Topical)

    Report the use of either of the medicine to the doctor. Your doctor may determine the best course of treatment. Do not stop the use of any medicine without consulting your doctor.

Ques: What is Tretinoin?

Ans: This medication is also is known as all-trans retinoic acid. The group of medicines that the drug belongs to is known as retinoids. It is prescribed to patients with severe acne problems and some types of skin cancer.

Ques: How long do I need to use Tretinoin before I see improvement in my condition?

Ans: This medication is to be taken till the time you see an improvement in your health conditions.

Ques: At what frequency do I need to use Tretinoin?

Ans: This medication should be taken in the dosage as prescribed by the doctor.

Ques: Should I use Tretinoin empty stomach, before food or after food?

Ans: This medication should be taken as prescribed by the doctor.

Ques: What are the instructions for the storage and disposal of Tretinoin?

Ans: This medication should be kept in a cool dry place and in its original packaging. Make sure this medication remains unreachable to children and pets.
Disclaimer: The information produced here is best of our knowledge and experience and we have tried our best to make it as accurate and up-to-date as possible, but we would like to request that it should not be treated as a substitute for professional advice, diagnosis or treatment.

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