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In some countries, this medicine may only be approved for veterinary use.

In the US, Retinol is a member of the drug class miscellaneous topical agents.



ATC (Anatomical Therapeutic Chemical Classification)


CAS registry number (Chemical Abstracts Service)


Chemical Formula


Molecular Weight


Therapeutic Categories


Antiacne agent

Ophthalmic agent: Corneal cicatrizant

Treatment and prevention of vitamin A deficiency

Vitamin A

Chemical Name

3,7-dimetyl-9-(2,6,6-trimetyl-1-cyclohexen-1-yl)-2,4,6,8-nonatetraen-1-ol (WHO)

Foreign Names

  • Retinolum (Latin)
  • Retinol (German)
  • Rétinol (French)
  • Retinol (Spanish)

Generic Names

  • Retinol (OS: BAN)
  • Rétinol (OS: DCF)
  • Retinolo (OS: DCIT)
  • Vitamin A Oil (OS: JAN)
  • Atamin (IS)
  • Axerophtholum (IS)
  • Oleovitamin A (IS)
  • Vitamin A₁ (IS)
  • Oleovitamin A (PH: USP 41)
  • Retinol concentrate (PH: Ph. Int. 7)
  • Retinolum densatum oleosum (PH: Ph. Int. 7)
  • Vitamin A (PH: BP 2018, Ph. Eur. 9.3, Ph. Int. 6, USP 41)
  • Vitamin A Oil (PH: JP XVII)
  • Vitamine A (PH: Ph. Eur. 9.3, Ph. Int. 6)
  • Vitaminum A (PH: Ph. Eur. 9.3, Ph. Int. 6)
  • Retinol Acetate (OS: JAN)
  • Retinyl acetate (INCI) (IS)
  • Vitamin A acetate (IS)
  • Retinol Acetate (PH: JP XVII)
  • Retinol Palmiate (OS: JAN)
  • Vitamin A palmitate (IS)
  • Retinol Palmitate (PH: JP XVII)

Brand Names


BANBritish Approved Name
DCFDénomination Commune Française
DCITDenominazione Comune Italiana
ISInofficial Synonym
JANJapanese Accepted Name
OSOfficial Synonym
PHPharmacopoeia Name
Rec.INNRecommended International Nonproprietary Name (World Health Organization)
WHOWorld Health Organization

Further information on drug naming conventions: International Nonproprietary Names.

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