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. I am taking A-Ret. What should I do if I am planning to become pregnant?
Talk to your doctor if you are planning to become pregnant while taking A-Ret. You should never get pregnant while taking A-Ret because this medicine can harm your baby. The pregnancy needs to be terminated if you become pregnant while taking A-Ret.
Q. Why does A-Ret cause dry skin, dry lips and dry nose? How to manage these?
One of the most common side effects of A-Ret includes dryness of skin, nose and lips. A-Ret reduces the secretion of oil, thereby causing dryness of skin. Dryness due to A-Ret can be managed by applying moisturizers or lubricants like Vaseline. You can also apply lip balm to relieve cracked and dry lips.
Q. Can I undergo cosmetic procedures while taking A-Ret?
Your doctor will decide whether you can continue taking or stop taking A-Ret before cosmetic procedures. However, it is advised to not undergo hair removal or laser treatments while using A-Ret. Please ensure that your doctor knows about all the medicines you are taking before any cosmetic procedure.
Q. Is it safe to use A-Ret?
Yes, A-Ret 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 A-Ret?
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 A-Ret may last for 4-5 months.
Information last updated by Dr. Varun Gupta, MD Pharmacology on 17th Jan 2020. The medicine details are for information purpose only. Consult a doctor before taking any medicine.