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 THIS MEDICATION: Patient instructions are available
with Retin-A. Read them carefully before using. Apply a thin
layer of Retin-A to affected area at bedtime. 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. 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 seen.
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 Retin-A. If they persist or become
bothersome, inform your doctor. This medicine may also increase
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. This medication should be
used during pregnancy only if clearly needed. It is not known
if tretinoin appears in breast milk. Consult your doctor before
breast-feeding. 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.
DRUG INTERACTIONS: Inform your doctor
about all the medicines you take with and without a prescription.
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 up.
STORAGE: Store at room temperature
away from sunlight. Keep this and all medications out of the
reach of children.