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What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking tretinoin (Vesanoid)?
Before using tretinoin, tell your doctor if you have high cholesterol, or if you have ever had a reaction to another retinoid (such as Accutane, Retin-A, Renova).
If you have any of these conditions, you may not be able to use tretinoin, or you may need a dosage adjustment or special tests during treatment.
FDA pregnancy category D. This medication can cause birth defects, miscarriage, premature birth, or death of a baby. Do not use tretinoin if you are pregnant. Tell your doctor right away if you miss a period or become pregnant during treatment. Use an effective form of birth control while you are using this medication and for at least 1 month after your treatment ends.
You may need to have a pregnancy test every month during your treatment. You must use effective birth control while you are taking tretinoin unless you have had a hysterectomy and no longer have a uterus. Use birth control even if you have been infertile (unable to have children) in the past, or if you have gone through menopause.
It is not known whether tretinoin passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Do not take tretinoin without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.
How should I use tretinoin (Vesanoid)?
Take this medication exactly as it was prescribed for you. Do not take the medication in larger amounts, or take it for longer than recommended by your doctor.
Take each dose with a full glass of water.
You may need to continue taking tretinoin for up to 90 days. Follow your doctor's instructions.
Store tretinoin at room temperature away from moisture, heat, and light.
Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration
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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