GENERIC NAME: tretinoin
BRAND NAME: Retin-A, Retin-A Micro, Atralin, Renova, Avita
DISCONTINUED BRANDS: Altinac, Retin-A Micro Pump, Renova Pump, Refissa
GENERIC AVAILABLE: Yes
SIDE EFFECTS: Following the application of tretinoin to the skin, there often is local inflammation. This reaction disappears when treatment is stopped. Mild stinging or a sensation of warmth also can occur when applying tretinoin.
The common side effects of tretinoin are:
- itching, and
MORE SERIOUS SIDE EFFECTS: If severe redness, vesicles or crusting develops, a physician should be notified immediately and tretinoin stopped. It may be possible to restart therapy with a lower concentration.
Some patients may experience an initial flare up of acne.
Some patients using tretinoin develop increased sun sensitivity and are more prone to sunburn (photosensitivity). Therefore, it is advisable to avoid exposing treated areas of the skin to excessive sunlight or UV lamps to reduce the risk of severe sunburn.
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