(TRETINOIN - TOPICAL)
This medication is used in the treatment of acne. Retin-A reduces the formation of pimples and promotes quick healing of pimples that do develop.
How to take this medication
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 Retin-A 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.
Immediately after applying Retin-A, 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.
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.
Inform your doctor about all the medicines you take with and without a prescription.
Cosmetics may be used, but clean skin thoroughly before applying Retin-A.
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.
Store at room temperature away from sunlight. Keep this and all medications out of the reach of children.