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Learn more about tretinoin

What dosages is tretinoin available in?

What dosages is tretinoin available in?

tretinoin is available as a topical gel in strengths of 0.025% or. 0.01%.

What is tretinoin used for?

What is tretinoin used for?

tretinoin is a retinoid and is used to treat acne.

How does tretinoin work?

How does tretinoin work?

tretinoin is a retinoid. It’s a form of vitamin A, a nutrient that helps keep your skin healthy by replacing your skin cells. tretinoin 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 tretinoin?

How do I take tretinoin?

tretinoin is dosed as follows:

  • Use tretinoin 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 tretinoinevery other night
Is it safe for me to take tretinoin?

Is it safe for me to take tretinoin?

tretinoin 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.

tretinoin Common Side Effects

tretinoin Common Side Effects

Common side effects of tretinoin:

  • 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
tretinoin Serious Side Effects

tretinoin Serious Side Effects

Serious side effects are rare with tretinoin. 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 tretinoin

Effects of other drugs, drug classes and over-the-counter products on tretinoin

There are no major drug interactions listed for tretinoin. 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 tretinoin?

Who makes tretinoin?

Various FDA-approved generic manufacturers

Is tretinoin safe in pregnancy?

Is tretinoin safe in pregnancy?

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


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