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Brand Names: R A Acne, Resinol

Generic Name: resorcinol (topical) (Pronunciation: re SOR si nol)

What is resorcinol (R A Acne, Resinol)?

Resorcinol topical (for the skin) works by breaking down rough, scaly, or hardened skin.

Resorcinol topical is used to treat acne, eczema, psoriasis, seborrhea, corns, callouses, warts, and other skin disorders.

Resorcinol may also be used for other purposes not listed in this medication guide.

What are the possible side effects of resorcinol (R A Acne, Resinol)?

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Although the risk of serious side effects is low when resorcinol is applied properly to the skin, certain side effects can occur if the medication is absorbed through your skin and into your bloodstream. Call your doctor at once if you have any sign that resorcinol has been absorbed through the skin, such as:

  • slow heart rate;
  • dizziness, drowsiness, or weakness;
  • feeling short of breath;
  • severe or ongoing headache;
  • nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, diarrhea; or
  • feeling restless or nervous.

Less serious side effects may include:

  • mild skin irritation;
  • skin redness; or
  • peeling.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

What is the most important information I should know about resorcinol (R A Acne, Resinol)?

You should not use this medication if you are allergic to resorcinol.

Resorcinol is for use only on the skin. Do not get it in your eyes, nose, or mouth.

Although the risk of serious side effects is low when resorcinol is applied properly to the skin, certain side effects can occur if the medication is absorbed through your skin and into your bloodstream. This includes heart rate or breathing changes, weakness, severe headache, nausea, vomiting, or feeling restless or nervous.

Your body may absorb resorcinol through the skin if you use too much of the medication or if you apply it over large skin areas. Skin that is cut or irritated may also absorb more topical medication.

Call your doctor if your skin condition does not improve or if it gets worse while using resorcinol.



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You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

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