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Tretinoin Gel Usp

Tretinoin Gel Usp

Description

Tretinoin Gel, USP and Tretinoin Cream, USP are used for the topical treatment of acne vulgaris. Each gram of tretinoin gel contains tretinoin in either of two strengths, 0.025% (0.25 mg) or 0.01% (0.1 mg) in a gel vehicle of hydroxypropyl cellulose, butylated hydroxytoluene, and alcohol (denatured with tert-butyl alcohol and brucine sulfate) 90% w/w. Each gram of tretinoin cream contains tretinoin in either of three strengths, 0.1% (1 mg), 0.05% (0.5 mg), or 0.025% (0.25 mg) in a hydrophilic cream vehicle of: stearic acid, isopropyl myristate, polyoxyl 40 stearate, stearyl alcohol, xanthan gum, sorbic acid, butylated hydroxytoluene, and purified water. Chemically, tretinoin is all-trans-retinoic acid.

Uses

It is very important that you use this medicine only as directed. Do not use more of it, do not use it more often, and do not use it for a longer time than your doctor ordered. To do so may cause irritation of the skin.Do not apply this medicine to windburned or sunburned skin or on open wounds.Do not use this medicine in or around the eyes or lips, or inside of the nose. Spread the medicine away from these areas when applying. If the medicine accidentally gets on these areas, wash with water at once.This medicine usually comes with patient directions. Read them carefully before using the medicine.Before applying tretinoin, wash the skin with a mild soap or cleanser and warm water by using the tips of your fingers. Then gently pat dry. Do not scrub your face with a sponge or washcloth. Wait 20 to 30 minutes before applying this medicine to make sure the skin is completely dry. Applying tretinoin to wet skin can irritate the skin.

How does it work?

As you know many wrinkle creams claim to be effective but they don't really have any scientific reasoning or proof as to why they work. The same is often true with acne skin care products which claim to produce miraculous results but often have little to no clinical research to back them up. Fortunately Retinoin cream is different. It's not really a mystery in how it works. Basically it changes the rate at which the top layer of your skin sheds cells and replaces them a.k.a. the cell turnover rate.

WHAT HAPPENS IF I MISS A DOSE?

Use the medicine as soon as you can, but skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next dose. Do not use two doses at one time.

WHAT HAPPENS IF I OVERDOSE?

Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222.In some animal studies, tretinoin has been shown to cause skin tumors to develop faster when the treated area is exposed to ultraviolet light (sunlight or artificial sunlight from a sunlamp). Other studies have not shown the same result and more studies need to be done. It is not known if tretinoin causes skin tumors to develop faster in humans.Along with its needed effects, a medicine may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.

Side Effect

Check with your doctor as soon as possible if any of the following side effects occur:

More common

  • Burning feeling or stinging skin (severe)
  • lightening of skin of treated area, unexpected
  • peeling of skin (severe)
  • redness of skin (severe)
  • unusual dryness of skin (severe)

Precaution

Before you start using Tretinoin, you have to take extra care since it may not be suitable for people who have certain conditions. Don’t use Tretinoin without your doctor’s advice if:

  • You are breastfeeding
  • You are pregnant or you are actively trying to get pregnant. The drug may get absorbed in your skin and harm your unborn baby.
  • You have other skin care problems, such as eczema or rosacea
  • You had skin cancer before or if any of your close family members has had skin cancer
  • You are on other medication, whether prescribed or not prescribed by a doctor

 

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