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RETIN-A GEL Uses, Side Effects, Interactions, Warnings & Dosing

What is RETIN-A GEL?

What is RETIN-A GEL?

RETIN-A GEL is the brand name for tretinoin and is available as a topical gel.

What dosages is RETIN-A GEL available in?

What dosages is RETIN-A GEL available in?

RETIN-A GEL is available as a topical gel in strengths of 0.025% or. 0.01%.

What is RETIN-A GEL used for?

What is RETIN-A GEL used for?

RETIN-A GEL is a retinoid and is used to treat acne.

How does RETIN-A GEL work?

How does RETIN-A GEL work?

RETIN-A GEL is a retinoid. It’s a form of vitamin A, a nutrient that helps keep your skin healthy by replacing your skin cells. RETIN-A GEL replaces your old skin cells with new skin cells. It also helps unclog pores in your skin that are plugged with dead skin cells and excessive oil. This helps treat acne and prevent more pimples from forming.

How do I take RETIN-A GEL?

How do I take RETIN-A GEL?

RETIN-A GEL is dosed as follows:

  • Use RETIN-A GEL cream or gel once daily, usually before bedtime. Lightly cover all areas of your skin that have pimples, acne spots, or bumps with a thin layer of the cream or gel
  • If you have sensitive skin, you might need to use RETIN-A GELevery other night
Is it safe for me to take RETIN-A GEL?

Is it safe for me to take RETIN-A GEL?

RETIN-A GEL is a safe and effective treatment when used for FDA licensed indications. However, like all medications, they may give you unwanted side effects. You should always discuss potential side effects with your physician to ensure the medication is suitable and right for you.

RETIN-A GEL Common Side Effects

RETIN-A GEL Common Side Effects

Common side effects of RETIN-A GEL:

  • Skin peeling or discomfort
  • Warm feeling or stinging after applying
  • Skin redness
  • Sensitivity to sunlight (sunburns)
  • Worsening of acne in the first few weeks of treatment
RETIN-A GEL Serious Side Effects

RETIN-A GEL Serious Side Effects

Serious side effects are rare with RETIN-A GEL. Contact your healthcare provider immediately if you experience any of the following.

  • Allergic reaction: itchy, red rash (hives); shortness of breath; chest tightness; swelling of lips, tongue, or face; swelling around the eyes
Effects of other drugs, drug classes and over-the-counter products on RETIN-A GEL

Effects of other drugs, drug classes and over-the-counter products on RETIN-A GEL

There are no major drug interactions listed for RETIN-A GEL. However, always let your physician and pharmacist know about any other medications or supplements (including prescribed and over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and dietary or herbal supplements) that you are currently taking.

Who makes RETIN-A GEL?

Who makes RETIN-A GEL?

Valeant Pharmaceuticals

Is RETIN-A GEL safe in pregnancy?

Is RETIN-A GEL safe in pregnancy?

It is not known if RETIN-A GEL will harm your unborn baby. RETIN-A GEL should be given to a pregnant woman only if clearly needed.


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