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Tretinoin cream

Pronunciation

Generic Name: tretinoin (TRET-i-noin)
Brand Name: Tretin-X

Tretinoin cream is used for:

Treating acne. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.

Tretinoin cream is a kit that contains tretinoin cream, a cleanser, and a moisturizer. The tretinoin cream works in the skin to reduce the formation of acne and to help acne heal more quickly. The cleanser helps to keep the skin clean, and the moisturizer helps to soothe skin and keep it soft.

Do NOT use tretinoin cream if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in tretinoin cream

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if this applies to you.

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Before using tretinoin cream:

Some medical conditions may interact with tretinoin cream. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

  • if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
  • if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
  • if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
  • if you have eczema, an abnormally high white blood cell count, diabetes, or a sunburn

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with tretinoin cream. Tell your health care provider if you are using any other medicines, especially any of the following:

  • Topical medicines containing alcohol, resorcinol, sulfur, or salicylic acid because the risk of excessive skin dryness or irritation may occur

Ask your health care provider if tretinoin cream may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.

How to use tretinoin cream:

Use tretinoin cream as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Tretinoin cream is for external use only.
  • In the morning, use the foaming cleanser provided in this kit to gently wash your face. Use warm water, and do not scrub. Gently pat your face dry. If your skin feels dry or rough, apply a thin layer of the moisturizer provided in this kit to your face and neck. If you are going to be outside, apply a sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher to your face.
  • At bedtime, gently wash your face again with the foaming cleanser provided in this kit. Gently pat your face dry. Wait 30 minutes for skin to dry completely. Apply the cream in this kit to areas of your skin with acne, or as directed by your doctor. Then, gently apply a thin layer of the moisturizer provided in this kit to your entire face and neck.
  • Wash your hands immediately after using tretinoin cream.
  • If you miss a dose of tretinoin cream, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not use 2 doses at once.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use tretinoin cream.

Important safety information:

  • Tretinoin cream is for external use only. Avoid getting tretinoin cream in your eyes, nose, or mouth. If you get tretinoin cream in your eyes, rinse thoroughly with water.
  • Tretinoin cream may cause you to become sunburned more easily. Avoid the sun, sunlamps, or tanning booths until you know how you react to tretinoin cream. Use a sunscreen or wear protective clothing if you must be outside for more than a short time.
  • For the first 2 to 3 weeks of treatment, your skin condition may appear to worsen. This is expected. Do not stop using tretinoin cream at this time.
  • Talk with your doctor before you use any other medicines or products on your skin. While you are using tretinoin cream, you may use cosmetics.
  • Do not apply tretinoin cream to skin that is sunburned. Wait until the burn is fully healed before using tretinoin cream.
  • Do NOT use more than the recommended dose or use for longer than prescribed without checking with your doctor.
  • Avoid using other topical medication, cosmetics, or other products that have a strong drying effect. If you have dry skin from using these products, allow your skin to "rest" before using tretinoin cream.
  • Do not use tretinoin cream for any condition other than that for which it was prescribed.
  • Weather extremes, such as windy or cold weather, may irritate your skin more while you are using tretinoin cream.
  • Tretinoin cream may cause harm if it is swallowed. If you may have taken it by mouth, contact your poison control center or emergency room right away.
  • Tretinoin cream should be used with extreme caution in CHILDREN younger than 12 years old; safety and effectiveness in these children have not been confirmed.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using tretinoin cream while you are pregnant. It is not known if tretinoin cream is found in breast milk after topical use. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you use tretinoin cream, check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of tretinoin cream:

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:

Increase or decrease of skin pigment (color); redness, peeling, or feeling of warmth; sensitivity to sunlight; skin irritation; stinging at the application site.

Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); severe redness, swelling, blistering, or crusting of the skin.

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. To report side effects to the appropriate agency, please read the Guide to Reporting Problems to FDA.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center, or emergency room immediately. Symptoms may include clumsiness; dizziness; excessive redness, peeling, and discomfort; flushing; headache; stomach pain. Tretinoin cream may be harmful if swallowed.

Proper storage of tretinoin cream:

Store tretinoin cream at room temperature, between 59 and 80 degrees F (15 and 26 degrees C). Store in a tightly closed container. Store away from heat and light. Keep tretinoin cream out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about tretinoin cream, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Tretinoin cream is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
  • If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.
  • Check with your pharmacist about how to dispose of unused medicine.

This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take tretinoin cream or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about tretinoin cream. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to tretinoin cream. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using tretinoin cream.

Issue Date: July 2, 2014
Database Edition 14.3.1.001
Copyright © 2014 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc.

Disclaimer: This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take this medicine or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about this medicine. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to this medicine. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.

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