Active ingredient: Tretinoin

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Tretinoin uses

Tretinoin information

Tretinoin is a topical form of vitamin A. This vitamin is known for its ability to help the skin gradually renew itself. This medicine is mostly used in the treatment of acne, but it is sometimes prescribed to reduce the appearance of mottled skin discoloration and fine wrinkles.

Tretinoin indications

Tretinoin is a popular topical form of vitamin A that has proven itself to be highly effective in the treatment of acne. However, this medicine might also be used to treat or to prevent the appearance of some other medical disorders that have not been listed here.

Tretinoin warnings

Tretinoin is a category C FDA pregnancy drug. Therefore, using this medicine during pregnancy could harm a growing fetus. Before you start a treatment with this medicine, you must inform your personal physician if you are pregnant or if you are planning to be so soon. It has been determined that this medicine's main ingredients are able to pass into breastmilk. Ask your personal physician if it is safe to start using Tretinoin if you are currently nursing an infant.

During your treatment with Tretinoin you should avoid prolonged and unprotected exposure to artificial UV rays or to direct sunlight. A treatment with this medicine is known to increase the patient's skin's sensitivity to direct sunlight, thus leading to severe sunburn. However, if you cannot avoid exposure to sunlight, sunlamps or tanning beds, you must use an effective sunscreen (at least SPF 15). It is recommended that you should wear protective clothing. Avoid letting this medication get in direct contact with your eyes, nose, mouth or with your lips. However, if a small amount of this medicine somehow gets into contact with any of the areas that have been listed here, you should wash it with plenty of water.

You must avoid using Tretinoin on windburned, sunburned, irritated, chapped, or broken skin or on skin areas that are suffering from any forms of Eczema. If you do have any of these medical conditions you should first wait for them to heal before you consider using this medicine. Do not stop your treatment with Tretinoin without your physician's approval even if you start to feel better after a few days of treatment (in some cases, the symptoms improve even if the infection has not completely healed). Some patients have to use this medicine for several months before they can finally see the results of their treatment. If you have been prescribed this drug to treat acne, your skin condition might worsen for a short period of time at the beginning of the treatment. If this persists for more than 12 weeks or if your medical condition has not improved after 3 months of treatment you must alert your personal physician.


Tretinoin intake guidelines

You ought to use this drug exactly how your personal doctor has prescribed you to. You can consult the medicine's label if you want to get further information. If you fail to understand some of the physician's instructions, you should contact a pharmacist, a nurse or a doctor and ask them to explain them to you. Using a higher dose of this medicine or applying the drug more often than your personal physician has prescribed you to, will not make the results appear faster (it might increase this Acta's unpleasant side effects). You must wash both your hands after and before you apply Tretinoin. Before you apply the medicine you should make sure that the skin area that you are about to treat is both clean and dry. Applying this medicine on a wet skin area can sometimes cause skin irritation.

You must not wash the skin area that you have treated with Tretinoin for at least 60 minutes after applying the medicine. Avoid using any other type of skin products on the skin area that you have treated with this drug for at least 1 hour after using this drug topical. This medicine should be stored in a cool and dry place, away from heat, moisture and direct sunlight. Keep it in a place that is far from the reach of pets and children in order to avoid unwanted accidents such as poisoning. This medicine is highly flammable. Keep the drug container away from any open flame.

Tretinoin dosage

Ask your personal physician to calculate the dose of this medicine that works best for your condition. Do not make any alterations to the dose of Tretinoin that you have been prescribed without your physician's approval.

Tretinoin overdose

If you suspect that you are suffering from an overdose with this medicine, you are probably in need of emergency medical care. Contact your local poison control center and your personal physician as soon as you can. An overdose with this medicine should not trigger any unpleasant symptoms.

Tretinoin missed dose

In order to get the most benefits from your treatment with Tretinoin you should take it on a regular basis. If you miss one of your prescribed doses of this medicine you should take it as soon as you remember. If it is already time for another prescribed dose, skip the one that you have missed and proceed with your regular treatment. Avoid using extra doses of this medicine without first consulting it with your personal physician.

Tretinoin side effects

Alert your doctor if you experience anything bothersome during your treatment with Tretinoin.

Tretinoin drug reactions

Ask your personal physician if it is safe to take any other medicines while using Tretinoin.


Tretinoin available forms, composition, doses:

Accutane 10 mg capsule20.05 USD
Accutane 20 mg capsule23.77 USD
Accutane 40 mg capsule27.62 USD
Amnesteem 10 mg capsule16.4 USD
Amnesteem 20 mg capsule19.45 USD
Amnesteem 40 mg capsule22.6 USD
Avita 0.025% cream3.19 USD
Capsules; Oral; Tretinoin 10 mg
Claravis 10 mg capsule15.77 USD
Claravis 20 mg capsule18.7 USD
Claravis 30 mg capsule16.78 USD
Claravis 40 mg capsule21.73 USD
Cream; Topical; Tretinoin 0.025%
Cream; Topical; Tretinoin 0.0375%
Cream; Topical; Tretinoin 0.05%
Cream; Topical; Tretinoin 0.1%
Gel; Topical; Tretinoin 0.01%
Gel; Topical; Tretinoin 0.025%
Refissa 0.05% cream3.6 USD
Renova 0.02% cream4.46 USD
Renova pump 0.02% cream4.28 USD
Retin-a 0.025% cream4.14 USD
Retin-a 0.05% cream4.64 USD
Retin-a 0.1% cream4.51 USD
Retin-a micro 0.04% gel5.65 USD
Retin-a micro 0.1% gel5.65 USD
Retin-a micro pump 0.04% gel4.74 USD
Retin-a micro pump 0.1% gel4.74 USD
Solage 2-0.01% Solution 30ml Bottle168.67 USD
Solage topical solution5.59 USD
Solution; Topical; Tretinoin 0.05%
Sotret 10 mg capsule7.31 USD
Sotret 20 mg capsule8.67 USD
Sotret 30 mg capsule8.44 USD
Sotret 40 mg capsule10.08 USD
Tretinoin (Emollient) 0.05% Cream 40 gm Tube135.99 USD
Tretinoin (Emollient) 0.05% Cream 60 gm Tube200.07 USD
Tretinoin 0.01% Gel 15 gm Tube35.99 USD
Tretinoin 0.01% Gel 45 gm Tube98.85 USD
Tretinoin 0.025% Cream 20 gm Tube44.36 USD
Tretinoin 0.025% Cream 45 gm Tube83.97 USD
Tretinoin 0.025% Gel 15 gm Tube42.26 USD
Tretinoin 0.025% Gel 45 gm Tube99.64 USD
Tretinoin 0.025% cream2.17 USD
Tretinoin 0.05% Cream 20 gm Tube52.23 USD
Tretinoin 0.05% Cream 45 gm Tube97.94 USD
Tretinoin 0.05% cream2.02 USD
Tretinoin 0.05% emollient crm3.38 USD
Tretinoin 0.1% Cream 20 gm Tube60.96 USD
Tretinoin 0.1% Cream 45 gm Tube114.16 USD
Tretinoin 0.1% cream2.36 USD
Tretinoin 10 mg capsule27.29 USD
Tretinoin acid powder74.21 USD
Tri-Luma 0.01-4-0.05% Cream 30 gm Tube199.99 USD
Tri-luma cream6.4 USD
Vesanoid 10 mg capsule30.32 USD

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Frequently asked Questions

Can i drive or operate heavy machine after consuming Tretinoin?

Depending on the reaction of the Tretinoin after taken, if you are feeling dizziness, drowsiness or any weakness as a reaction on your body, Then consider Tretinoin not safe to drive or operate heavy machine after consumption. Meaning that, do not drive or operate heavy duty machines after taking the capsule if the capsule has a strange reaction on your body like dizziness, drowsiness. As prescribed by a pharmacist, it is dangerous to take alcohol while taking medicines as it exposed patients to drowsiness and health risk. Please take note of such effect most especially when taking Primosa capsule. It's advisable to consult your doctor on time for a proper recommendation and medical consultations.

Is Tretinoin addictive or habit forming?

Medicines are not designed with the mind of creating an addiction or abuse on the health of the users. Addictive Medicine is categorically called Controlled substances by the government. For instance, Schedule H or X in India and schedule II-V in the US are controlled substances.

Please consult the medicine instruction manual on how to use and ensure it is not a controlled substance.In conclusion, self medication is a killer to your health. Consult your doctor for a proper prescription, recommendation, and guidiance.


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