Generic for Retin A* (Tretinoin) is used to treat acne vulgaris. It is a topical cream, applied on the skin. It is an all-trans-retinoic acid. Generic for Retin A* belongs to the retinoid family of compounds, it is a metabolite of naturally occurring Vitamin A. Generic for Retin A* helps the skin to repair & renew itself, reduce the appearance of fine wrinkles, and makes rough facial skin feel smoother.
Generic for Retin A* 0.025% Cream/Gel & Tretinoin 0.05% Cream/Gel must be applied once a day, preferably in the evening. Apply a light layer of Generic for Retin A* topical over the lesion or area affected by acne vulgaris. Over application of Generic for Retin A* topical cream or gel does not increase the efficacy of the drug. Regular application of the medication is necessary for the acne vulgaris to heal.
Store at 15°-25°C (59°-77°F). Do Not Freeze. Store away from direct heat & light. Keep away from Children.
Allergic reactions may include hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat. If you experience any of these symptoms, stop using the drug immediately & seek emergency medical attention.
Other side- effects such as burning, warmth, stinging, tingling, itching, redness, swelling, dryness, peeling, irritation, or discolored skin may cause discomfort within the initial 2- 3 weeks of using the drug, but are not life- threatening.
Skin products containing benzoyl peroxide, sulfur, resorcinol, or salicylic acid will react adversely with Generic for Retin A*. Consult with your doctor before using any other skin products when you have been prescribed Generic for Retin A*.
Generic for Retin A* makes the skin sensitive to sunlight. The skin also tans or darkens very quickly while using Generic for Retin A*. Consult your doctor if you are already taking medication like Tetracycline (Sumycin, Panmycin, Robitet), minocycline (Minocin), doxycycline (Doryx, Vibramycin), demeclocycline (Declomycin), etc., or antibiotics such as ciprofloxacin (Cipro), ofloxacin (Floxin), etc. & sulfa drugs such as Bactrim, Septra, Cotrim, etc.
If you are taking a sulfa drug such as Bactrim, Septra, Cotrim, etc, then inform your doctor when you are prescribed Generic for Retin A*. Drugs like chlorpromazine (Thorazine), prochlorperazine (Compazine), fluphenazine (Permitil, Prolixin), promethazine (Phenergan, Promethegan), perphenazine (Trilafon), etc., are also harmful when taken along with Generic for Retin A*.
Some people may find their skin darkening or becoming extremely sensitive to light. Patients using Generic for Retin A* must not expose themselves to excessive sunlight & sunlamps. If patients are suffering from sunburn due the increased sensitivity to sunlight.
The skin may turn dry, red, swollen or blistered while using Generic for Retin A*. If the irritation persists or becomes excessive, doctors may reduce the use of Generic for Retin A* temporarily or stop it altogether.
Patients with Eczema must not use Generic for Retin A*. The drug must not come in contact with the mouth, eyes, and nose.
Pregnant & lactating women must consult with their doctor before using this drug.
The information given above on the Generic for Retin A* serves as an informational resource only and is not intended to substitute professional medical advice, examination, diagnosis and treatment. Always seek the counsel of your doctor, physician or pharmacist before starting any new treatment or making changes to existing therapy.