What is Tretinoin topical?

Category: Prescription Drugs

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Topical tretinoin is a retinoic acid derivative used to treat acne vulgaris; photodamaged skin; palliation of fine wrinkles, mottled hyperpigmentation, and tactile roughness of facial skin as part of a comprehensive skin care and sun avoidance program. It is also used for some skin cancers.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Acne 26 12
Acne breakout 8 4
Sebaceous cyst 2 1
Gender dysphoria 1 1
Hereditary palmoplantar keratoderma 1 0
Keratosis pilaris 1 1

Show all 11 reasons taken


  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe
2
Moderate
3
Mild
10
None
6

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Tretinoin topical

Side effect Patients
Dry skin 5
Acne breakout 2
Redness 2
Skin peeling 2
Acne 1
Change in skin texture 1

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Tretinoin topical

Dosage Patients
0.01 g daily 1
0.025 % daily 1
0.025% as needed 1

Why patients stopped taking Tretinoin topical

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 5
Side effects too severe 4
Change in health plan coverage 3
Other 3
Doctor's advice 2
Course of treatment ended 1
Expense 1
See all 16 patients who've stopped taking Tretinoin topical

Duration

Currently taking Tretinoin topical

Duration Patients
1 - 2 years 2
5 - 10 years 1

Stopped taking Tretinoin topical

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 4
1 - 6 months 4
6 months - 1 year 3
1 - 2 years 1
2 - 5 years 4
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 7
Usually 8
Sometimes 6
Never taken as prescribed 0
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 1
Somewhat hard to take 3
A little hard to take 7
Not at all hard to take 10
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 1
< $25 9
Not specified 11

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Tretinoin topical after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Adapalene (Differin) 1
Clindamycin topical (Dalacin T) 1
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1 patient evaluation for Tretinoin topical

Dec 30, 2011 (Started Nov 18, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for acne)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (flaky skin on face and head)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 0.04 g Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Nov 30, 2011 (Started Nov 18, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for acne)
  • Side effects
    Mild (flaky skin on face and head)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 0.04 g Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

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