tretinoin
(Atralin)

Tretinoin is a retinoid drug, a prescription-only strength of vitamin A that has multiple formulations and is used to treat different conditions. As a capsule, it is used to treat acute promyelocytic leukemia; as a cream or gel, it is prescribed to treat acne and other skin conditions. Because of this, tretinoin costs vary from pharmacy to pharmacy. To compare tretinoin prices among vendors, simply enter your zip code into the search box along with the prescription amount and strength. Once the pricing options appear, you can print a tretinoin coupon, have it delivered via email or, for immediate use, sent as a text message to your mobile phone. When filling your prescription, present the reusable coupon at the pharmacy of your choice to receive the tretinoin discount. You can learn more about the different formulations of tretinoin and how to save on them by reading the information below.

As an oral capsule, tretinoin is prescribed to treat acute promyelocytic leukemia in those for whom chemotherapy has either not worked or has worsened the condition. The topical formulation, either cream or gel, is prescribed to treat acne, reduce wrinkles, or smooth rough, scaly patches of skin. The forms of the drug are not interchangeable.

Tretinoin is dispensed as a capsule that is taken orally or administered as a topical cream or gel for external use. The amount taken and frequency of dosing depends on the condition being treated. The capsule is usually taken twice a day, with water, for up to 90 days; the cream or gel may be prescribed to be applied either at bedtime on a daily basis or applied every two or three days. For any of the forms of this medication, follow the instructions of your doctor.

If you are taking tretinoin to treat acute promyelocytic leukemia, it may cause retinoic acid APL or increase your white blood cell count. This drug cannot be taken by women who are pregnant or nursing; if you can become pregnant, discuss with your doctor the most effective form of birth control. Notify your doctor immediately if you become pregnant. A negative pregnancy test result must be returned within one week of starting tretinoin and regular pregnancy testing must be conducted. Provide your doctor with a list of all medications and supplements you are taking. If using the topical cream or gel, contact your doctor if you become pregnant; avoid prolonged exposure to sunlight. Discuss the consuming of grapefruit products with your doctor.

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