Tretinoin is a medicine that belongs to vitamin A class of drug referred to as retinoids. It works effectively for self-renewal of the skin. Tretinoin topical made specifically for the skin helps in the treatment of acne, smoothening of the rough skin on the face, and lowering the showing up of wrinkles and discolored spots on the skin.
Tretinoin as a retinoid medicine helps to enhance the improvement of skin cells. It is a medicine that works for the treatment of acne. As a potent drug, it lowers the quantity and austerity of acne pimples.
Mode of Indication, Dosage, and Duration of Treatment
Ensure that the intake of Tretinoin is done by following all directions given by the doctor. Adhere to all prescription details found on the prescription label and make inquiries when it is necessary relating to the use, duration and number of required dose Ensure you use Tretinoin as prescribed; not more, less or longer than it is required. The inordinate use of Tretinoin may lead to harmful effects. Tretinoin is used especially on the skin and not meant to be swallowed. Avoid its use on eczema-affected skin or a skin burnt from excess exposure to the rays of the sun. Ensure you make proper inquiries for adequate comprehension on the use of Tretinoin from your pharmacist or doctor. Ensure that your hands are washed before and after the use of Tretinoin topical. Ensure the concerned part is well cleaned and dried before application. Leave the treated part for an hour or more after the use of Tretinoin (ensure that you do not wash or use other skin products on the area). During the use of Tretinoin, you should stay away from sunlight, from the use of protective clothing and effective sunscreen. Ensure you do not discontinue the use of Tretinoin if you do not see any improvement may show up after several weeks of regular use. In addition, your condition may deteriorate for a brief period if you are using Tretinoin for the treatment of acne. Ensure that you get your doctor abreast if there is no improvement after 8- 12 weeks treatment of acne or if there is the severity of skin. Avoid sudden withdrawal from the use of Tretinoin even if there is no sign of improvement.
You are advised to take the following precautions before and during the use of Tretinoin:
- Patients that are hypersensitive to Tretinoin topical should keep away from its use.
- The use of Tretinoin is restricted from children under the age of 18 years old.
- Any of the following conditions whether in the past or at present should be brought to your doctor’s awareness:
- Fish allergy.
- Pregnant women should seek the advice of their doctors before using Tretinoin.
- Lactating mothers should seek the advice of their doctors before using Tretinoin.
You are advised to seek immediate medical attention when you begin to experience an allergic reaction to Tretinoin which may be swollen lips, throat, face or tongue; difficulty breathing; and hives. The following are the usual side effects of Tretinoin:
- Skin pain;
- Sore throat;
- Stinging or mild warmth of the treated skin;
- Treated skin discoloration.
In a condition whereby you forget to use your prescribed medicine, you can always take it at the moment you remember. However, mind the time for the next dose if not close. Taking at once two doses that are supposed to be used at different times should be avoided.
In case you take more than the prescribed doses, quickly see your doctor or call for emergency medical help.
Interaction with other drugs
For safety sake, ensure that you get your doctor informed about the drugs in use and those used. Avoid the use of skin products with resorcinol, sulfur, salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide if not instructed to do so by your doctor. The interaction of any of these products with Tretinoin topical may lead to severe skin irritation. The following may as well interact with Tretinoin:
- Prescription and over-the-counter medicines;
- Herbal products.