Generic Name: Tretinoin

  • What is Atralin?

    Atralin is a gel used to treat acne (blackheads, whiteheads, and other pimples).

  • What is the most important information I should know about Atralin?

    Do not allow anyone else to use this medicine. Do not use it for a condition not prescribed by your doctor.

  • Who should not take Atralin?

    Do not use Atralin if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Atralin should be used with caution in people who have eczema, sunburned skin, or are allergic to fish.

  • What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Atralin?

    Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Atralin, especially all skin products you use. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you have eczema, sunburned skin, fish allergies, or if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

  • What is the usual dosage?

    The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your doctor uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your doctor may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your doctor's approval.

    Adults: Apply a thin layer once daily at bedtime.

  • How should I take Atralin?

    Wash your skin with mild, nonmedicated soap and dry your skin gently. Apply a thin layer to skin where acne appears and cover the entire effected area. Keep the gel away from your mouth, eyes, the corners of your nose, and open sores. Do not use Atralin gel more often than your doctor prescribes, since this may increase skin irritation and will not give faster or better results.

  • What should I avoid while taking Atralin?

    Avoid unprotected exposure to sunlight including sun lamps. Use a sunscreen with a rating of SPF 15 or higher when outside, and avoid extreme weather conditions such as wind or cold temperatures.

  • What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Atralin?

    If Atralin is used with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to check with your doctor before combining Atralin gel with medicated soaps or other topical skin medications.

  • What are the possible side effects of Atralin?

    Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this drug.

    Side effects may include: skin irritation, such as dryness, burning, redness, and excessive flaking or peeling

  • Can I receive Atralin if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

    Atralin should be avoided during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Talk with your doctor before taking this drug if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

  • What should I do if I miss a dose of Atralin?

    Skip the missed dose and return to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double the dose of your next application.

  • How should I store Atralin?

    Store at room temperature.

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