SIDE EFFECTS: Skin may become temporarily warm or sting when this medication is applied. You may also experience mild redness, burning, scaling of skin or peeling of dry skin as well as darkening or lightening of skin . If these effects persist or worsen, notify your doctor promptly. Report promptly: swelling, blistering, itching, painful or crusting skin. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
PRECAUTIONS: Tell your doctor your medical history, including: any allergies, other skin conditions (e.g., eczema). This medication can increase sensitivity to sunlight, wind, or cold. To prevent sunburn, avoid prolonged exposure to the sun and sunlamps. Wear protective clothing and use an effective sunscreen. If sunburn occurs, it may be necessary to temporarily stop using this medication. Prolonged or repeated use of antibiotics may result in a secondary infection (e.g., bladder or yeast infection). If you are in the childbearing years, discuss birth control methods with your doctor before using this product. This medication is not recommended for use during pregnancy. Consult your doctor before using this medication. It is not known whether tretinoin is excreted into breast milk, however, erythromycin is excreted. Because of the potential risk to the infant, breast-feeding while using this drug is not recommended. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.
DRUG INTERACTIONS: Tell your doctor of all nonprescription and prescription medication you may use, especially: skin care medicines (e.g., those containing sulfur, resorcinol, benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid), abrasive or medicated soaps, cosmetic products containing alcohol (e.g., after-shave lotions or astringents). Do not start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.
OVERDOSE: If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately. US residents can call the US national poison hotline at 1-800-222-1222. Canadian residents should call their local poison control center directly. This medicine may be harmful if swallowed.
NOTES: Do not share this medication with others.
MISSED DOSE: If you miss a dose, use it as soon as you remember. If it is near the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule. Do not "double-up" the dose to catch up.
STORAGE: Store at room temperature between 59 and 86 degrees F (15-30 degrees C) away from light and moisture.
Last Editorial Review: 3/2/2005
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