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Tretinoin emollient cream

Pronunciation

Generic Name: tretinoin (TRET-i-noyn)
Brand Name: Examples include Refissa and Renova

Tretinoin emollient cream is used for:

Reducing the appearance of fine wrinkles, certain dark and light spots, or roughness of facial skin. Tretinoin emollient cream is used with a total skin care and sunlight avoidance program. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.

Tretinoin emollient cream is a vitamin A derivative. How it works is not known. It is thought to work by removing layers of the outer cells, which smooths the skin's surface and reduces the appearance of spots.

Do NOT use tretinoin emollient cream if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in tretinoin emollient cream
  • you are taking a fluoroquinolone (eg, levofloxacin), a phenothiazine (eg, chlorpromazine), a sulfonamide (eg, glipizide, sulfamethoxazole), a tetracycline (eg, doxycycline), a thiazide diuretic (eg, hydrochlorothiazide), or other medicines that may increase your skin's sensitivity to the sun. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have questions about whether any of your medicines increase your skin's sun sensitivity.

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

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Before using tretinoin emollient cream:

Some medical conditions may interact with tretinoin emollient 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 or a sunburn, or if you are unusually sensitive to sunlight

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

  • Fluoroquinolones (eg, levofloxacin), phenothiazines (eg, chlorpromazine), sulfonamides (eg, glipizide, sulfamethoxazole), tetracyclines (eg, doxycycline), or thiazide diuretics (eg, hydrochlorothiazide) because the risk of sunburn may be increased

This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if tretinoin emollient 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 emollient cream:

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

  • An extra patient leaflet is available with tretinoin emollient cream. Talk to your pharmacist if you have questions about this information.
  • Tretinoin emollient cream is for external use only.
  • Remove all cosmetics with a mild soap before applying tretinoin emollient cream. Gently dry the area. Wait 20 to 30 minutes to make sure that skin is completely dry.
  • Squeeze a small amount (quarter inch or less) of the medicine onto the fingertip. This should be enough to cover the entire affected area. Wash your hands immediately after using tretinoin emollient cream.
  • If you miss a dose of tretinoin emollient cream, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule.

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

Important safety information:

  • Avoid getting tretinoin emollient cream in your eyes, on the inside or angles of your nose, or in your mouth. If you get tretinoin emollient cream in your eyes, rinse thoroughly with water.
  • Tretinoin emollient cream may cause you to become sunburned more easily. Avoid the sun, sunlamps, or tanning booths until you know how you react to tretinoin emollient cream. Use a sunscreen or wear protective clothing if you must be outside for more than a short time.
  • Talk with your doctor before you use any other medicines or products on your skin. While you are using tretinoin emollient cream, you may use cosmetics.
  • Do not apply tretinoin emollient cream to skin that is sunburned. Wait until the burn is fully healed before using tretinoin emollient cream.
  • Do NOT use more than the recommended dose or use for longer than prescribed without checking with your doctor.
  • Safety and effectiveness of tretinoin emollient cream have not been established in patients with moderately dark to dark skin.
  • 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 emollient cream.
  • Do not use tretinoin emollient cream on skin with eczema, or 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 emollient cream.
  • Tretinoin emollient 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 emollient cream should only be used in addition to a comprehensive skin care and sunlight avoidance program prepared by your doctor.
  • Use tretinoin emollient cream with caution in the ELDERLY; safety and effectiveness in elderly patients have not been confirmed.
  • Tretinoin emollient cream should be used with extreme caution in CHILDREN younger than 18 years old; safety and effectiveness in these children have not been confirmed.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: Do not use tretinoin emollient cream if you are pregnant. If you think you may be pregnant, contact your doctor right away. It is not known if tretinoin emollient cream is found in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you use tretinoin emollient cream, check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of tretinoin emollient 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:

Burning; dry skin; itching; peeling; redness; stinging or warmth at application site; unusual sensitivity to wind and cold.

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); blistering, crusting, swelling, or excessive redness of the skin; changes in skin color.

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.

Proper storage of tretinoin emollient cream:

Store tretinoin emollient cream at room temperature, between 59 and 77 degrees F (15 and 25 degrees C). Store in a tightly closed container. Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep tretinoin emollient cream out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about tretinoin emollient cream, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Tretinoin emollient 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 emollient 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 emollient cream. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to tretinoin emollient 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 health care provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using tretinoin emollient cream.

Issue Date: September 3, 2014
Database Edition 14.3.1.003
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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