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    Information about Tretinoin

    Tretinoin uses

    Tretinoin is used in the treatment of acne and Acute promyelocytic leukaemia.

    How tretinoin works

    Tretinoin is a form of vitamin A. When applied on skin, it reduces oil production in the skin, replenishes acne-prone skin and helps keep your pores open. To treat blood cancer, it works by slowing the growth of certain types of diseased blood cells, and promotes the growth of normal, mature cells in the bone marrow and blood. This helps to treat blood cancer (acute promyelocytic leukemia).

    Common side effects of tretinoin

    Skin redness, Application site pain, Skin irritation, Sore throat, Dryness, Skin exfoliation
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    Dr. Anuj Saini
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    MD (Pharmacology), MBBS
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    Expert advice for Tretinoin

    • You have been prescribed Tretinoin for the treatment of severe acne.
    • Avoid exposure to sunlight while using Tretinoin. Use protective measures such as sun-cream or protective clothing.
    • It may cause dryness of mouth, lips, and eyes. Drink plenty of water, use moisturiser and avoid wearing contact lenses. Inform your doctor if it bothers you.
    • Don't drive or do anything that requires mental focus until you know how Tretinoin affects you.
    • Your doctor may get regular blood tests to track lipid levels, liver function, and cell count in your blood.
    • Do not take Tretinoin if you are pregnant, planning pregnancy or breastfeeding.

    Frequently asked questions for Tretinoin


    Q. Can I undergo cosmetic procedures while taking Tretinoin?

    Your doctor will decide whether you can continue taking or stop taking Tretinoin before cosmetic procedures. However, it is advised to not undergo hair removal or laser treatments while using Tretinoin. Please ensure that your doctor knows about all the medicines you are taking before any cosmetic procedure.

    Q. Is it safe to use Tretinoin?

    Yes, Tretinoin is safe to take when taken according to your doctor's advice. However, like all medicines, even this medicine has some side effects, but it is not necessary that anyone who is taking these medicines might get these side effects. Please talk to your doctor if you get any unpleasant effects while taking this medicine.

    Q. How long am I supposed to use Tretinoin?

    Your doctor will decide the duration of your treatment depending on the severity of your disease and the results of your lab tests. On average, the treatment with Tretinoin may last for 4-5 months.

    Q. I am taking Tretinoin. What should I do if I am planning to become pregnant?

    Talk to your doctor if you are planning to become pregnant while taking Tretinoin. You should never get pregnant while taking Tretinoin because this medicine can harm your baby. The pregnancy needs to be terminated if you become pregnant while taking Tretinoin.

    Q. Why does Tretinoin cause dry skin, dry lips and dry nose? How to manage these?

    One of the most common side effects of Tretinoin includes dryness of skin, nose and lips. Tretinoin reduces the secretion of oil, thereby causing dryness of skin. Dryness due to Tretinoin can be managed by applying moisturizers or lubricants like Vaseline. You can also apply lip balm to relieve cracked and dry lips.

    Content on this page was last updated on 17 January, 2020, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)