What is Retino-A (Tretinoin) used for?
Retino-A (Tretinoin) is a topical form of vitamin A prescribed to treat patients suffering from chronic acne. The medication increases the rate of skin cell reproduction to prevent the formation of acne on the skin. This may also reduce the appearance of wrinkles, sagging skin, or other signs of aging. Your doctor may also recommend its use for the treatment of other unlisted conditions.
How should I use Retino-A (Tretinoin)?
Retino-A (Tretinoin) should be used according to your doctor`s instructions and included with the packaging to get the most effective results from treatment. One daily application is normally recommended for most patients, but your individual directions will depend on your health condition and the severity of your symptoms. Thoroughly rinse and dry the area being treated prior to each use to remove any dirt or loose skin. Apply a small amount of cream to the area and gently massage it into the skin. Leave the area uncovered to allow any excess medication to evaporate. Wash your hands with soap and hot water after each use to prevent the cream from contacting any areas not being treated or mucous membranes. Ask your doctor any questions you have about the medicine to ensure the correct usage.
What are the side effects of Retino-A (Tretinoin)?
Retino-A (Tretinoin) may cause side effects in some patients such as:
Stop using the medication and contact your doctor immediately if you experience any intense or worrying symptoms such as severe stinging, intense burning, blistering, or signs of an allergic reaction including hives, swelling, or trouble breathing. These conditions may require lower doses, reduced application frequency, or emergency medical attention in some cases to prevent further complications.
Retino-A (Tretinoin) should not be applied to skin that is broken or severely damaged. Do not begin using the medicine if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, who have eczema, rosacea, inflammation surrounding the mouth, or a history of tumours appearing on the skin. You are also advised to be cautious when applying the cream to sensitive areas such as the neck, armpits, or surrounding the mucous membranes.
Strictly use Retino-A (Tretinoin) as prescribed and follow all instructions provided by your doctor. Safe, suitable, and optimum dosage can vary and is dependent on the patient`s health and medical history, as well as the condition you are treating.
Retino-A (Tretinoin) may not be safe or suitable for all patients. Always ensure your doctor is informed if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, using any other type of medication (including non-prescription medicine, vitamins, and supplements), as well as if you have any allergies, other illnesses, or pre-existing medication conditions.
Seek immediate medical attention or proceed to your nearest accident and emergency department if you suffer a hypersensitive or allergic reaction. Symptoms usually present during a reaction of this nature include difficulty breathing or swallowing, swelling of the limbs or face, tight chest, hives, and skin rashes.