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).
Q. Can I undergo cosmetic procedures while taking A-Ret 0.025% Gel?
Your doctor will decide whether you can continue taking or stop taking A-Ret 0.025% Gel before cosmetic procedures. However, it is advised to not undergo hair removal or laser treatments while using A-Ret 0.025% Gel. Please inform your doctor about all the medicines you are taking before starting the treatment with this medicine. Also, consult the doctor before starting any cosmetic procedure.
Q. Is it safe to use A-Ret 0.025% Gel?
Yes, A-Ret 0.025% Gel is safe to use when taken as advised by your doctor. 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 A-Ret 0.025% Gel?
Your doctor will decide the duration of your treatment depending on the severity of your disease and the results of your lab tests. Usually, the treatment with A-Ret 0.025% Gel takes around 4-5 months.
Q. I am taking A-Ret 0.025% Gel. What should I do if I am planning to become pregnant?
It is important to consult your doctor if you are planning to become pregnant while taking A-Ret 0.025% Gel. Ideally, pregnancy is not advised because this medicine can harm your baby. However, if you do get pregnant during the treatment with A-Ret 0.025% Gel, consult your doctor.
Q. Why does A-Ret 0.025% Gel cause dry skin, dry lips and dry nose? How to manage these?
One of the most common side effects of A-Ret 0.025% Gel includes dryness of skin, nose and lips. A-Ret 0.025% Gel reduces the secretion of oil which results in skin dryness. Dryness due to A-Ret 0.025% Gel can be managed by applying moisturizers or lubricants like Vaseline. You can also apply lip balm to relieve cracked and dry lips. Drink enough water to keep our body hydrated.
Information last updated by Dr. Varun Gupta, MD Pharmacology on 8th May 2020. The medicine details are for information purpose only. Consult a doctor before taking any medicine.