About the drug:
Clindamycin and Tretinoin is a combination medicine prescribed for the treatment of severe nodular acne in adults and children who are at least 12 years or above in age. Clindamycin is an antibiotic which fights bacteria in the body whereas Tretinoin is a form of vitamin A which reduces the amount of oil produced by the oil glands in the skin and helping it renew itself quickly.
Uses of the drug:
Tretinoin is a drug that is used for the treatment of Acne. It helps to treat the acne symptoms and lessen the acne marks. This medication may also be prescribed for conditions not listed here.
Working of the drug:
Tretinoin is a very active exfoliator that accelerates the skin cycle. The retinoic acid improves the pigmentation by speeding up the elimination of melanin in the dermis. It also increase collagen levels in the skin cells and improve fine wrinkles. It does not, however, have an effect on deep converges formed on the skin and ice pick scars. This medicine all improves the overall quality of skin.
Clindamycin is a very effective antibacterial agent that works nicely to destroy the bacterial growth that causes acne.
Retino AC Gel 0.025% + 1% (15 gm) is manufactured by Johnson and Johnson, India. You can buy Retino AC 15 gm Gel online at alldaychemist.com.
Dosage form and strengths:
This drug is available in the Gel form in the following strength on our website:
Retino AC Gel 0.025% +1%(15 gm)
Before you take this drug:
Do not take this drug if you:
- Are allergic to this drug or any of the other ingredients present in this medicine
- Are pregnant
- Are breastfeeding
Tell your doctor if you:
- Have blood pressure or kidney problems
- Have serious liver problem
- Have serious heart complaint
- Have kidney problems
- Have bleeding problems
- Have stomach ulcerative colitis
How much to apply the drug?
Tretinoin comes in topical liquid, Gel or gel forms. Apply small amount of the topical product as per the doctor’s advice. Always take the drug dose as prescribed by the doctor only. Never change
the dosage, start, or stop using the drug without doctor’s permission.
How to apply the drug?
- While applying Tretinoin Gel, follow these steps:
- Wash your hands and the skin area affected using a mild soap and water
- Pat dry your skin with a cotton cloth
- Wait for 15-30 minutes before applying this medicine
- Use clean fingertips, a cotton swab to apply the medication( a pea sized)
- Apply only the enough amount of medicine to cover the area lightly
- Apply it religiously before bedtime, so as the acne scars heal faster. Proper care of the infected area is necessary. Time to time application of the Gel will prove beneficial and will speed up the healing procedure.
For how long to apply?
Use this medicine as long as the doctor tells you to take. Use the medication exactly as directed. Never use more or less of it or use it more often than prescribed by your doctor.
An overdose of Tretinoin Gel is a very rare case, still if you feel any discomfort get emergency medical attention or call the Doctor immediately.
If you miss a dose of Tretinoin, apply it as soon as you remember. Applying too much of Gel to make up the missed one can lead to excess medication in your body which can be harmful.
Side effects of the drug:
Tell your doctor as soon as possible if you notice any of the following:
- Blister formation or crusting of the skin
- Peeling off
- Stinging of the skin
- Scaling of skin
- Burning sensation on the area applied
In above cases you must go for immediate medical help. Do not get alarmed by the list. You may /may not experience all of them. Tell your doctor immediately in the above situations.
Clindamycin and Tretinoin can increase your skin’s sensitivity to sunlight and UV radiation and increase the likelihood of sunburn if you go out in sun or get exposed toartificial UV radiation.
Therefore, while using Clindamycin and Tretinoin, avoid unnecessary exposure to sunlight or artificial UV rays (sunlamps or tanning beds). If you do require to go out and get exposed to sunlight,
protect your skin by wearing proper protective clothing and putting on a good sunscreen. Ask your doctor about the type (SPF) of sunscreen to be used. Your skin mayalso become sensitive to weather conditions such as cold, wind, or dryness. You must protect your skin with proper clothing and products like moisturizing cream or lotion as needed.
Common drug interactions:
Certain other drugs can interact with Tretinoin/Clindamycin and increase the risk of serious problems. So, it is necessary to consult your doctor about the following drugs such as:
Ask your doctor to give you a full list of the drugs needed to be avoided while taking the drug as they may interfere it and may cause adverse effects.
Things to remember:
This medicine may be harmful if swallowed
If the medicine get accidently into eyes then wash your eyes thoroughly with water
This medicine is for topical use only
Do not use the medicine after the date of expiry