: Retin A, Retino-A
: Tretinoin Topical, A-Ret
: Skin problems
: Brand Johnson & Johnson Retin A cream, gel, micro gel in variety of dosage forms
How Tretinoin Works
A topical form of vitamin A that helps to renew the skin, Retin A (generic name: Tretinon) is used to treat acne, to reduce the appearance of fine wrinkles and skin discoloration, as well as to make the skin feel smoother to the touch. Retin A is a prescription only medication and is used in the treatment of acne, fine lines and wrinkles but is more suited for people with oily skin. It is important to note that Retin A must be used for the full amount of time as directed by your doctor.
Generic Retin A vs Brand Retin A
The brand and the generic Retin A is chemically and therapeutically the same. The only difference is that it is manufactured by a different manufacturer. We currently have the brand from India manufactured by Janssen-Cilag and the brand from Canada manufactured by Johnson and Johnson. The generic we have comes from India. It may come from other countries around the world.
Tretinoin Possible side effects
Seek immediate emergency medical attention if any of the following signs of an allergic reaction are exhibited (e.g. hives, labored breathing, swollen face/lips/tongue/throat). Retin A is not commonly associated with many serious side effects. Some minor side effects that may not require medical attention (but that should still be monitored) include burning, tingling, itching, stinging, or warm sensation on skin, discolored skin, dry skin, peeling skin, and swelling. Though there are not commonly many side effects experienced with Retin-A, it is still recommended that you seek medical help if you feel that this product may be having negative effects on your health.
Always use any medication directly as prescribed to you by your doctor. Follow closely the directions on the prescription label. Do not use more Retin A than has been prescribed to you; doing so will not make the medicine work quicker and may actually result in side effects. Wash your hands thoroughly prior to and following application of Retin-A. Clean and dry skin area you are treating with Retin-A prior to application. Do not apply Retin-A to wet skin - this may cause a skin irritation. Retin-A may be but one element of a complete skin care regimen that could include avoiding sunlight, using appropriate sunscreen and wearing protective clothing. Consult with your doctor to determine what skin-care program is appropriate for you. Tell your doctor about all other medications you are using, but particularly: antibiotic, diuretic (water pill), sulfa drugs, chlorpromazine, promethazine, perphenazine, prochlorperazine, and fluphenazine.
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