What is A-Ret Gel 0.1%?

A-Ret Gel containing the active ingredient tretinoin is a form of vitamin A that helps the skin renew itself. It works by unblocking the pores to allow the skin?s natural oil producing glands to function properly and decrease the formation of blackheads and spots. It also loosens the cells on the surface of the skin to promote turnover of the skin cells and aid the natural exfoliation of the outer layers of the skin. The gel can be used in the treatment of acne but cannot be used to cure the condition. Some patients may also use the medication to improve the appearance of the skin and minimize fine wrinkles.

How is A-Ret Gel 0.1% used?

A-Ret Gel is usually applied topically once per day unless otherwise directed by a doctor. Contact a doctor for the correct dosage and length of treatment as it will depend on the patient?s condition and their response to the therapy. Prior to applying the gel, wash your hands and affected area with mild soap and allow to air dry for 20 to 30 minutes. Apply a small dose with the fingertips to the affected area and massage it in gently to cover the entire affected area. Your acne may become worst in the beginning of your treatment as it is working on pimples forming inside the skin. The medication may take up to 8 to 12 weeks to notice the results from the treatment.

Adverse effects

Patients using A-Ret Gel may encounter unwanted side effects such as:

  • Lightening or darkening of the skin
  • Dry skin
  • Worsening of acne
  • Blistering, crusting or scaling of the skin
  • Eye irritation
  • Oedema
  • Increased sensitivity of the skin to UV light
  • swelling
  • excessive redness
  • blistering
  • rashes
  • hives
  • chest pains
  • trouble swallowing


Immediately proceed to your nearest emergency department if you suffer an allergic reaction. Symptoms usually associated with such a reaction include difficulty breathing or swallowing, chest tightness, swelling, skin rashes, and hives.

A-Ret Gel 0.1% is not always suitable for all patients. Always consult your health care provider prior to using this medication if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, trying to conceive, using any other medication (prescription or non-prescription), using any herbal products or supplements, or if you have any allergies or other health problems.

The correct dosage and prescription commonly depend on the patient and the condition being treated. Do not adjust your dosage without the approval of your health care provider. This product is only for use as prescribed and instructed.

Dosage and Administration

Always use as prescribed. Never self-medicate or adjust your dosage unless you have been specifically advised to do so.

Before you apply A-Ret Gel (Tretinoin) always wash your hands and the area of skin you are treating thoroughly and leave air dry. Patients are usually advised to apply the cream once per day, either in the morning or late in the evening before sleeping. Avoid applying near your eyes, mouth, nose, or inner ear. Do not apply to any damaged, broken, or burnt skin.

It can take 8 to 12 weeks before the effects of this medication are noticeable.

Drug Interactions with Tretinoin:

These are some of the drugs can may interact with A-Ret Gel

  • Levofloxacin
  • Bendroflumethiazide
  • Demeclocycline
  • Methyclothiazide
  • Chlorothiazide
  • Lymecycline
  • Hydrochlorothiazide
  • Ciprofloxacin
  • Gemifloxacin
  • Chlorpromazine
  • Methotrexate
  • Chlorthalidone
  • Doxycycline
  • Fleroxacin
  • Cyclopenthiazide
  • Indapamide
  • Fluphenazine


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