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Airet HC Lotion

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Overview

Introduction

Airet HC Lotion belongs to a group of medicines known as retinoids that are used to treat severe acne, which occur as pimples, in adults and adolescents from 12 years of age only after puberty. This medicine is for patients whose acne has not responded to other treatments.

Airet HC Lotion reduces excessive oil production of the skin. Ideally, a pinpoint application at night time is recommended for a duration as prescribed by the doctor. The amount you need, and how long you take it will depend on what you are being treated for. You should normally wash and dry the affected area before applying a thin layer of gel or cream usually once a day at bedtime. Follow your doctor’s instructions. You should not apply it to damaged or broken skin and avoid contact with your mouth, eyes and nose. It may take several weeks for your symptoms to improve but keep using it regularly to get the most benefit. If you notice no improvement after a few weeks, see your doctor again. Using more medicine or applying it more often than prescribed will not make it work any faster and may increase side effects.

The most common side effects include itching, stinging, peeling and redness of the skin. They are not usually serious and often disappear after getting used to the cream but, if they bother you or do not go away, tell your doctor. You may need to apply smaller amounts or use it less often. Serious side effects are rare.

Airet HC Lotion may make you more sensitive to sunlight so you should limit exposure to the sun if possible. Drink plenty of water and use moisturizer as it may lead to dryness of the mouth, lips and eyes. It may make your skin more fragile. It is advised, not to have any waxing (hair removal), or laser treatments during treatment. This medicine may lead to birth defects, do consult your doctor if you are pregnant or planning to get pregnant.

Uses of Airet HC Lotion

Side effects of Airet HC Lotion

Common
  • Dry skin
  • Pale red skin
  • Increased sensitivity to light

How to use Airet HC Lotion

This medicine is for external use only. Use this medicine in the dose and duration as advised by your doctor. Shake it well and apply to the area evenly.

How Airet HC Lotion works

Airet HC Lotion is a derivative of vitamin A. It acts on glands (sebaceous) on your skin to reduce the production of a natural substance (sebum) that causes acne. Also, the controlled sebum production kills acne-causing bacteria. It also works as an anti-inflammatory to decrease inflammation (redness and swelling).

Safety Advice

Alcohol
No interaction found/established
Pregnancy
UNSAFE
Airet HC Lotion is highly unsafe to use during pregnancy. Seek your doctor's advice as studies on pregnant women and animals have shown significant harmful effects to the developing baby.
Breastfeeding
CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR
Airet HC Lotion is probably unsafe to use during breastfeeding. Limited human data suggests that the drug may pass into the breastmilk and harm the baby.
Driving
No interaction found/established
Kidney
No interaction found/established
Liver
No interaction found/established

What if you forget to take Airet HC Lotion?

If you miss a dose of Airet HC Lotion, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular schedule. Do not double the dose.

Alternate Brands

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No alternate brands found for this medicine

Quick Tips

  • You have been prescribed Airet HC Lotion for the treatment of acne.
  • Clean the area to be treated with water and a non-medicated soap, and let it dry for 20-30 minutes before applying Airet HC Lotion.
  • It may increase the severity of the lesions in the first few weeks of use. Continue using it as prescribed by your doctor.
  • It may cause stinging sensation or a feeling of warmth when you first start using it. Inform your doctor if this persists.
  • Avoid exposure to sunlight while using it as it increases the sensitivity of your skin. Use protective measures such as sun-cream or protective clothing.
  • Avoid face waxing and laser treatment while using this medicine as it makes your skin more fragile.
  • Do not use Airet HC Lotion if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
  • Inform your doctor if excessive skin dryness or skin sensitivity take place.

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FAQs

Q. What are the precautions that I should follow while using Airet HC?

Contact with mouth, eyes, lips, mucous membranes (such as inside of mouth) and wounded skin should be avoided. In case of accidental contact, rinse well with water. Care should be taken not to let the medicine accumulate in skin folds. As Airet HC may cause increased sensitivity to sunlight, deliberate or prolonged exposure to sunlight or sunlamps should be avoided or minimized. If sun exposure cannot be avoided, use sunscreen.

Q. I just had a cosmetic treatment. Can I use Airet HC on that part of the skin?

Don’t use Airet HC on skin that has recently had cosmetic treatment such as depilation, chemical hair treatment, chemical peel, dermabrasion or laser resurfacing. You should allow your skin to heal after any treatment before using Airet HC.

Q. I have stopped using Airet HC. Can I now plan my pregnancy?

You should wait for about 1 month after stopping Airet HC before you plan your pregnancy as it can harm your unborn baby.

Q. Can Airet HC be used in children?

Airet HC gel is for teenagers and adults with mild to moderate acne. Do not give Airet HC gel to children before puberty or under the age of 12.

Q. What if I use too much of Airet HC?

If you use too much Airet HC gel or use it more often than recommended, it may make your skin red or irritated. If this happens, use the gel less often or stop using it for a few days.

Q. Can I donate blood while using Airet HC?

Do not donate blood while using Airet HC gel and for at least 1 month after stopping it. If your blood is given to a pregnant woman, it may harm her unborn baby.

Q. What are the long-term side effects of Airet HC?

A normal course of treatment of Airet HC is 15–20 weeks. Therefore, long-term effects in low doses have not been studied. However, it may have some effect on the bone mineral density. It may decrease bone mineral density in some patients, resulting in osteoporosis or fractures.

Q. How do I use Airet HC on my face?

Always wash and dry your skin, and completely remove any make-up before applying the gel. Use your fingertips to apply a thin layer of the gel on the areas affected with acne. Apply it to all areas of skin that have acne and not just each spot. Try not to use too much, especially where the gel could run into your eyes or build up in folds of skin. Using more gel will not make your spots clear up more quickly. Do not use Airet HC gel on irritated areas of skin, for example, cuts, burns or sunburn as it can make the irritation worse.

Q. How long does it take for Airet HC to start working?

The acne may get worse at the beginning of the treatment with Airet HC gel. But, it normally improves after 6 to 8 weeks.

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