Retin-A 0,025 (tretinoin) is a form of vitamin A that helps the skin renew itself. The Retin-A 0,025 brand of tretinoin is used to treat acne.
Retin-A 0,025 may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
You should not use Retin-A 0,025 if you are allergic to tretinoin.
To make sure Retin-A 0,025 is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have ever had:
- asthma or hay fever;
- sores or blisters that will not heal;
- a weak immune system;
- swelling in your ankles or feet; or
- if you are pregnant or breast-feeding.
Do not use this medicine on sunburned, windburned, dry, chapped, irritated, or broken skin. Wait until these conditions have healed before using Retin-A 0,025.
Avoid using other medications on the areas you treat with Retin-A 0,025 unless your doctor tells you to.
Do not use skin products that contain benzoyl peroxide, sulfur, resorcinol, or salicylic acid while you are using Retin-A 0,025.
How to use Retin-A 0,025
Use exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Follow all directions on your prescription label. Do not use this medicine in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended.
Wash your hands before applying Retin-A 0,025.
Before applying the medicine, clean your skin with a mild soap or cleanser and warm water. Gently dry your skin with a soft towel.
Wait 20-30 minutes before applying Retin-A 0,025. Do not apply the medication to skin that is sunburned, windburned, dry, chapped, or irritated. If these effects occur, do not use this medication until your skin heals, or you are instructed by your doctor.
Apply a pea-sized amount of Retin-A 0,025 gel or cream to your fingertips, or as directed by your doctor. Do not apply the medicine to skin that is sunburned, windburned, dry, chapped, or irritated. If these effects occur, do not use this medication until your skin heals.
To treat acne, it may take 2-3 weeks for your skin to begin to improve. You may need 4-5 weeks before you see the full benefit of the medication.
Retin-A 0,025 can make your skin more sensitive to sunlight and sunburn may result. Use a sunscreen (minimum SPF 15) and wear protective clothing if you must be out in the sun. Do not use sun lamps or tanning beds/booths.
Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Call your doctor at once if you have:
- severe redness, swelling, blistering, peeling, or crusting of your skin;
- excessive dryness or cracking of your skin;
- bleeding or pus in your pimples;
- changes in skin color;
- stomach pain, nausea, vomiting;
- increased hunger or thirst;
- muscle weakness, feeling short of breath; or
- swelling in your ankles or feet.
Common side effects may include:
- mild skin irritation;
- redness, itching, burning, stinging, peeling, or dryness of your skin;
- changes in color of your skin;
- thinning of your skin; or
- warmth or tingling under your skin.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
What other drugs will affect Retin-A 0,025?
Tell your doctor about all your current medicines and any you start or stop using, especially:
- any other topical acne medication;
- medicine to treat or prevent skin infection;
- a vitamin or mineral supplement that contains iron, zinc, calcium, vitamin A, or vitamin D.
This list is not complete. Other drugs may affect Retin-A 0,025, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.