Tretinoin is used to treat acne vulgaris. It is a topical cream, applied on the skin. It is an all-trans-retinoic acid. Tretinoin belongs to the retinoid family of compounds, it is a metabolite of naturally occurring Vitamin A. Tretinoin helps the skin to repair & renew itself, reduce the appearance of fine wrinkles, and makes rough facial skin feel smoother.
Tretinoin 0.025% Cream/Gel & Tretinoin 0.05% Cream/Gel must be applied once a day, preferably in the evening. Apply a light layer of Tretinoin topical over the lesion or area affected by acne vulgaris. Over application of Tretinoin 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 Tretinoin. Consult with your doctor before using any other skin products when you have been prescribed Tretinoin.
Tretinoin makes the skin sensitive to sunlight. The skin also tans or darkens very quickly while using Tretinoin. 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 Tretinoin. Drugs like chlorpromazine (Thorazine), prochlorperazine (Compazine), fluphenazine (Permitil, Prolixin), promethazine (Phenergan, Promethegan), perphenazine (Trilafon), etc., are also harmful when taken along with Tretinoin.
Some people may find their skin darkening or becoming extremely sensitive to light. Patients using Tretinoin 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 Tretinoin. If the irritation persists or becomes excessive, doctors may reduce the use of Tretinoin temporarily or stop it altogether.
Patients with Eczema must not use Tretinoin. 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 Tretinoin 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.