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Doctors' Answers to "Frequently Asked Questions" - Retin

These comments are made for the purpose of discussion and should NOT be used as recommendations for or against therapies or other treatments. An individual patient is always advised to consult their own physician.

Finding Retin-A in Japan [posted 10/20/98]
Question: I reside in Japan, and I would like to know if it is possible to purchase Retin-A products from the U.S. I am willing to pay the shipping charges and other required charges, do you know of any place where I could contact to purchase the products? I have checked out about the product from the internet, and I am very interested in trying it.

Answer: I would ask the company, Ortho 800-426-7762.

Generic Drug for Retin-A [posted 7/23/98]
Question: I have an HMO and would like to know if there is a generic drug for Retin-A. If so, would it be just as comparable?

Answer: Retin-A, (tretinoin) is made by ortho pharmaceutical. Generics are made by several companies including Avita (made by Penederm), Renova and Retin-A Cream (made by Ortho Dermatological), and Vesanoid Capsules (Roche). They seem clinically identical in my patients.

Question: When first starting use of retin (cream on the face), how many weeks should you use it every day? I realize that you have to continually use it after your initial use of the first six weeks. How often should it be used after that?

Answer: The current recommendations are every day. In reality, most patients take it every other or 2/3 days. Watch your face in the affected areas as you decrease the dose and see what it is telling you.

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