Proper Use

Drug information provided by: Micromedex

Use this medicine only as directed by your doctor. Do not use more of it, do not use it more often, and do not use it for a longer time than your doctor ordered. To do so may cause irritation of the skin.

This medicine should come with a patient information leaflet. Read and follow these instructions carefully. Ask your doctor if you have any questions.

Do not apply this medicine to windburned or sunburned skin or on open wounds.

Do not use this medicine in or around the eyes or lips, or inside of the nose. Spread the medicine away from these areas when applying. If it accidentally gets on these areas, wash with water at once.

Before applying tretinoin, wash the skin with a mild soap or cleanser and warm water by using the tips of your fingers. Then gently pat dry. Do not scrub your face with a sponge or washcloth. Wait 20 to 30 minutes before applying this medicine to make sure the skin is completely dry. Applying tretinoin to wet skin can irritate it.

To use the cream, gel, or lotion form of this medicine:

  • Apply just enough medicine to very lightly cover the affected areas, and rub in gently but well. A pea-sized amount is enough to cover the whole face.
  • You may need to use a moisturizer while you are using the lotion.

To use the liquid form of this medicine:

  • Using your fingertips, gauze pad, or cotton swab, apply enough tretinoin solution to cover the affected areas. If you use a gauze pad or a cotton swab for applying the medicine, avoid getting it too wet. This will help prevent the medicine from running into areas not intended for treatment.

After applying the medicine, wash your hands to remove any medicine that might remain on them.

Dosing

The dose of this medicine will be different for different patients. Follow your doctor's orders or the directions on the label. The following information includes only the average doses of this medicine. If your dose is different, do not change it unless your doctor tells you to do so.

The amount of medicine that you take depends on the strength of the medicine. Also, the number of doses you take each day, the time allowed between doses, and the length of time you take the medicine depend on the medical problem for which you are using the medicine.

  • For acne:
    • For topical dosage forms (cream, gel, or liquid):
      • Adults—Apply to the affected area(s) of the skin once a day, at bedtime.
      • Children— Use and dose must be determined by your doctor.
    • For topical dosage form (lotion):
      • Adults and children 9 years of age and older—Apply a thin layer to the affected area(s) of the skin once a day.
      • Children younger than 9 years of age— Use and dose must be determined by your doctor.
  • For fine wrinkles, dark spots, or rough skin caused by the sun:
    • For topical dosage form (cream):
      • Adults younger than 50 years of age—Apply to the affected area(s) of the skin once a day, at bedtime.
      • Adults 50 years of age and older—Use and dose must be determined by your doctor.

Missed Dose

If you miss a dose of this medicine, 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 dosing schedule. Do not double doses.

Storage

Keep out of the reach of children.

Do not keep outdated medicine or medicine no longer needed.

Ask your healthcare professional how you should dispose of any medicine you do not use.

Store the medicine in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light. Keep from freezing.

Do not freeze.

The gel form is flammable and should be kept away from fire or excessive heat.