Basic Information On Retin A Cream
Retin A Cream is a derivative of vitamin-A which is in an acidic form. It is referred to as ATRA (all-trans retinoic acid). The drug is primarily used in the treatment of keratosis pilaris and acne vulgaris. The drug is also used for the treatment of other conditions such as Roche and acute pro-myelocytic leukemia (APL). In the treatment of acne, the drug is administered in the form of a cream that is meant for topical use only. The drug helps the skin to renew itself. The precise mode of action of the drug is not known. However, the brand or generic Retin A cream acts by increasing the turnover of the skin cells. It also prevents the cells from sticking together.
Precautions / Side Effects For Retin A Cream
The side effects of Retin A Cream are most often localized to the site of application (area of the skin under treatment). Common side effects of the drug are a feeling of warmth, peeling, reddening, stinging, irritation or sensitivity to sun-light of the skin under treatment. Other side effects that are less serious include discoloration, dryness, itching, tingling and burning sensation of the skin under treatment. Upon administering Tretinoin if these side effects prolong or worsen the consult your physician.
You may experience certain allergic reactions upon administering Tretinoin. These allergic reactions include swelling of the lips, tongue, face or throat, hives, tightness of the chest, difficulty in breathing, and itching. The drug may also cause serious side effects which may include swelling, crusting, severe reddening or blistering of the skin which has been treated. If you experience these serious side effects or any signs of allergic reaction upon administering brand or generic Retin A cream, then seek immediate medical help.
Retin A Cream Dosage
The recommended dosage of 0.1% and 0.04% Retin A cream is one application in a day. The drug should be administered topically. The cream is applied preferably in the evening. The cream is carefully applied onto that area of the skin where the acne lesions are present. Care should be taken that appropriate amount of the drug is applied to cover the area under treatment; a thin layer of the cream is applied. The application of Retin A cream drug is reduced or increased based on the patient’s response. The dose (frequency of the application) can be increased as the patient shows tolerability to the drug.
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