A generic drug is a copy of the brand-name drug with the same dosage, safety, strength, quality, consumption method, performance, and intended use. Before generics become available on the market, the generic company must prove it has the same active ingredients as the brand-name drug and works in the same way and in the same amount of time in the body.
The only differences between generics and their brand-name counterparts is that generics are less expensive and may look slightly different (eg. different shape or color), as trademarks laws prevent a generic from looking exactly like the brand-name drug.
Generics are less expensive because generic manufacturers don't have to invest large sums of money to develop a drug. When the brand-name patent expires, generic companies can manufacture a copy of the brand-name and sell it at a substantial discount.
Chemical Name: TRETINOIN (TRET-i-noyn)
RETIN A MICRO GEL is a topical form of vitamin A that is applied to the skin which is prescribed for mild to moderate acne treatment. This medication helps the skin renew itself by reducing the appearance of fine wrinkles and mottled skin discoloration, and to make rough facial skin feel smoother.
RETIN A MICRO GEL is available in different strengths and forms (e.g., gel, cream, solution). The best type of medication for you to use will depend on the condition of your skin and your response to therapy.
RETIN A may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.
Wash your hands before applying this medication. Gently clean the affected skin with a mild or soapless cleanser and pat dry. Apply a small amount of gel in a thin layer, usually once daily at bedtime or as directed by your doctor. Patients should wait 20-30 minutes after cleaning their face before applying this medication.
Avoid getting this medication in your eyes. If this medication gets into your eyes, flush with large amounts of water. Wash your hands after using the medication to avoid accidentally getting it in your eyes.
Use it regularly in order to get the most benefit from it. To help you remember, use it at the same time each day. Do not use a larger amount or use it more frequently than recommended. Your skin will not improve any faster, and it will increase the risk of developing redness, peeling and pain.
The effects of RETIN A MICRO GEL are unknown therefore it potentially can be harmful to an unborn child. Before taking this medication, tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during treatment. RETIN A MICRO GEL topical can pass into breast milk and may harm a nursing baby. Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.
Common side effects that may occur while using RETIN A MICRO GEL may include burning feeling, stinging or tingling of the skin chapping or slight peeling of the skin, redness of skin, unusual dryness of skin and unusually warn skin.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Contact your doctor immediately if you experience any other symptoms or side effects.