Avita

Generic Name: Tretinoin

  • What is Avita?

    Avita is a topical medicine (applied directly on the skin) that is used to treat acne. It is available in both a gel and cream.

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

    Avita is for external use only. Do not use it in the corners of your nose, mouth, eyes, or open wounds.

    Limit sun exposure while you are using Avita. If you have a sunburn, wait until it fully recovers before you start this medicine. If you are experiencing severe or persistent irritation, stop using Avita and tell your doctor immediately.

    Acne usually improves after 6-12 weeks of treatment. If it gets worse, do not stop using Avita but tell your doctor.

  • Who should not take Avita?

    Do not use Avita if you are allergic to it or any of its ingredients.

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

    Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Avita. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you have any allergies, sunburn, or other skin disorders such as eczema (an inflammation or irritation of the skin).

  • 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 of the gel or cream to the affected area(s) once a day.

  • How should I take Avita?

    Apply Avita as prescribed by your doctor. Avita is usually used in the evening. Wash your face with a mild soap and dry your skin gently. Wait 20-30 minutes until your skin is completely dry before applying Avita. Smooth the gel or cream gently into the skin.

  • What should I avoid while taking Avita?

    Do not use Avita in the corners of your nose, mouth, eyes, or open wounds.

    Do not use a harsh soap; avoid frequent washings and harsh scrubbing.

    Do not excessively expose your skin to the sun, wind, or cold to prevent further irritation.

    Do not expose Avita gel to heat or flame.

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

    If Avita is used with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is important to check with your doctor before combining Avita with any other medication.

  • What are the possible side effects of Avita?

    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: allergic reactions, changes in skin color, redness, sensitivity to sunlight, skin irritation

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

    The effects of Avita during pregnancy and breastfeeding are unknown. Tell your doctor immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

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

    If you miss a dose of Avita, apply it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the one you missed and return to your regular dosing schedule. Do not apply two doses at once.

  • How should I store Avita?

    Store at room temperature.