Generic Name: tretinoin (TRET-i-noin)
Brand Name: Tretin-X
Tretinoin gel is used for:
Treating acne. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.
Tretinoin gel is a kit that contains tretinoin gel, a cleanser, and a moisturizer. The tretinoin gel 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 gel if:
- you are allergic to any ingredient in tretinoin gel
Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.
Before using tretinoin gel:
Some medical conditions may interact with tretinoin gel. 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 gel. 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 gel 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 gel:
Use tretinoin gel as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.
- Tretinoin gel 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 gel 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 gel.
- If you miss a dose of tretinoin gel, 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 gel.
Important safety information:
- Avoid getting tretinoin gel in your eyes, nose, or mouth. If you get tretinoin gel in your eyes, rinse thoroughly with water.
- Tretinoin gel may cause you to become sunburned more easily. Avoid the sun, sunlamps, or tanning booths until you know how you react to tretinoin gel. 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 gel at this time.
- Talk with your doctor before you use any other medicines or products on your skin. While you are using tretinoin gel, you may use cosmetics.
- Do not apply tretinoin gel to skin that is sunburned. Wait until the burn is fully healed before using tretinoin gel.
- 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 gel.
- Do not use tretinoin gel 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 gel.
- Tretinoin gel 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 gel is flammable. Do not store or use near an open flame.
- Tretinoin gel 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 gel while you are pregnant. It is not known if tretinoin gel is found in breast milk after topical use. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you use tretinoin gel, check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.
Possible side effects of tretinoin gel:
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:
Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:
Increase or decrease of skin pigment (color); redness or peeling at the application site; sensitivity to sunlight; skin irritation; warmth or stinging at the application site.
Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); severe redness, peeling, 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.Proper storage of tretinoin gel:
Store tretinoin gel at room temperature, between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C). Store in a tightly closed container. Store away from heat and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep tretinoin gel out of the reach of children and away from pets.
- If you have any questions about tretinoin gel, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
- Tretinoin gel 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 gel 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 gel. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to tretinoin gel. 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 gel.
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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