Atralin

1 What is Atralin?

Brand: Atralin, Avita, Refissa, Renova, Retin-A, Retin-A Micro, Tretin-X

Generic: Tretinoin

Tretinoin is used primarily in the treatment of acne vulgaris. It promotes fast acne healing and prevents the formation of acne by means of skin peeling and keeping the skin pores clear.

This medicine can be used to lessen the appearance of dark spots, wrinkles, and stretch marks by stimulating the production of collagen in the skin.

It may also be used to treat other medical condition such as keratosis follicularis and verruca plana.

This product is available in gel, solution, liquid, and cream form.

2 What to Know Before Using

Tell your doctor if you are allergic to Tretinoin or to any other medications. You should also inform your healthcare providers if you are allergic to foods, dyes, or animals.

Appropriate studies on this medicine have been performed for adult patients. It has not been tested for older people.

Pregnancy Category D – Do not use Tretinoin while you are pregnant as it can cause risk to the unborn baby.

There are no adequate studies whether Tretinoin can pass through breast milk or if it could cause harmful effects to the infant. Discuss with your doctor if you are breastfeeding a baby.

Taking this medicine with any of the following medications is usually not recommended, but with the exception in some cases.

Dosage or frequency of one or both of your medicines may be changed if both medicines are prescribed together.

  • Aminocaproic Acid
  • Aprotinin
  • Chlortetracycline
  • Demeclocycline
  • Doxycycline
  • Lymecycline
  • Meclocycline
  • Methacycline
  • Minocycline
  • Oxytetracycline
  • Rolitetracycline
  • Tetracycline
  • Tranexamic Acid

Taking this medicine with any of the following medications may cause an increased risk of certain side effects, but using both drugs may be the best treatment for you.

Dosage or frequency of one or both of your medicines may be changed if both medicines are prescribed together.

  • Fluconazole
  • Ketoconazole
  • Voriconazole

Tretinoin is contraindicated for patients with dermatitis, eczema, and sunburn.

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3 Proper Usage

Use Tretinoin exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Apply the medication nightly after cleansing the face with mild soap or cleanser. Avoid harsh scrubbing.

This medicine should not be applied to the sunburned skin or on open wounds.

Keep this medication from your eyes or lips, or inside of the nose. If the medicine gets on these areas, wash with water at once.

If you are using the cream or gel form, apply an adequate amount of medicine to the affected areas. A pea-sized amount is enough to cover the whole face.

If you are using the solution form of this medicine, apply an adequate amount of medicine to the affected areas using your fingertips, a gauze pad, or cotton swab. Wash your hands after applying for the medicine.

If you miss a dose, use this medicine as soon as possible. However, if it is near for your next dose, skip the missed dose and start again to your regular dosing schedule.

Store the medication in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light. Keep out of reach of children. Do not keep expired medications.

4 Precautions to Take

Your skin may show some redness and worse of acne during the first 3 weeks that you use this medication. Improvement may be seen after 2-3 weeks of regular use.

Check with your doctor if skin irritation becomes severe or if your acne does not improve within 8 to 12 weeks.

After applying a Tretinoin on the affected area, do not wash it for at least 1 hour.

Do not apply any topical medication (especially skin products that contain a peeling agent, alcohol, resorcinol, sulfur, or salicylic acid) in the same area 1 hour before or after using this medicine.

Check with your doctor before using topical medicines with tretinoin.

Avoid sunlight exposure during the first 6 months of use. Wear protective clothing and apply sunscreen before going outdoors.

If you are using Tretinoin for the treatment of acne, regular use of water-based creams or lotions is recommended to help lessen skin irritation or dryness that may be caused by the use of Tretinoin.

If you are using Tretinoin for the treatment of fine wrinkling, dark spots, and rough skin caused by the sun, you should minimize your exposure to sunlight and apply sunscreen before going outdoors.

Regular use of oil-based creams or lotions may help to reduce skin irritation or dryness caused by the use of Tretinoin.

5 Potential Side Effects

There are several side effects that you may experience while using this medication.

If any of these side effects occur, tell it to your doctor right away:

  • Burning feeling or stinging skin (severe)
  • Unexpected lightening of skin of treated area
  • Severe peeling of skin
  • Severe redness of skin
  • Unusual dryness of skin (severe)
  • Darkening of treated skin

There are also some side effects that do not need medical attention and can be resolved during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine.

You can discuss it with your doctor to give you an advice on how to prevent or reduce these side effects:

  • Burning feeling, stinging, or tingling of skin (mild) — lasting for a short time after first applying the medicine
  • Chapping or Slight peeling of skin (mild)
  • Redness of skin (mild)
  • Unusual dryness of skin (mild)
  • Unusually warm skin (mild)

Not all side effects are listed above. If you notice any other effects, check with your healthcare professionals.

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