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Tretinoin - Oral - Patient Medicine Information

> Why do I need this medicine?
> How do I take this medicine?
> What should I do if I have forgotten to take this medicine?
> When should I not use this medicine?
> What should I take note of while taking this medicine?
> What side effects could I experience?
> Can I take this with other medicines?
> What special dietary instructions should I follow?
> How should I store this medicine?

 
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  • Vesanoid    

Why do I need this medicine?

Tretinoin is used to treat acute promyelocytic leukemia. It is a type of blood problem that slows the growth of certain types of diseased blood cells.

How do I take this medicine?

Take Tretinoin exactly as directed by your doctor or according to the instructions on the label. Do not take more or less than instructed by your doctor. 

Take it together with food or immediately after a meal. Swallow it whole with a glass of water. Do not chew, break or crush the capsule. Try to take it at the same time each day.

Tretinoin must be taken regularly for it to be effective. Continue taking this medicine even when you feel better/well. Do not stop taking it unless instructed by the doctor

What should I do if I have forgotten to take this medicine?

Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and return to your normal dosing schedule.

DO NOT double a dose under any circumstances.

If you often forget to take your medicine, let your doctor and pharmacist know.

When should I not use this medicine?

Do not take Tretinoin if you are pregnant or planning to have a baby soon. If you become pregnant while being treated with this medicine, alert your doctor immediately. Tretinoin may cause harm to your unborn child. You must use proven birth control methods while taking this medicine.

Do not breastfeed while you are being treated with this medicine.

Do not take this medicine with antibiotics e.g. tetracycline and vitamin A.

What should I take note of while taking this medicine?

This medicine may cause your skin to be more sensitive to sunlight. Apply sunscreen when going outdoors. Avoid direct or prolonged exposure to the sun and ultraviolet (UV) lamps like tanning beds.

Tretinoin may cause birth defects and other serious health problems. Do not donate blood while taking this medicine or for one month after the treatment.

Keep your appointments with your doctor. Your doctor needs to monitor your condition and check your response to the medication regularly. Your doctor may also need to do routine blood tests (e.g. complete blood count, liver function test, blood cholesterol levels) while you are being treated with this medicine.

What side effects could I experience?

Tretinoin may make cause dizziness, weakness, visual disturbances, and impaired hearing. If affected, do not drive or take part in any activity in which you need to be alert.

Other side effects may include any of the following: headache, dry mouth, nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, diarrhea, constipation, loss of appetite, confusion, anxiety, difficulty sleeping, bone pain, chest pain, flushing, and tiredness.

Some side effects may need immediate medical help. Alert your doctor quickly if you experience any of the following:

  • unexplained fever, shortness of breath, weight gain
  • easy bruising or bleeding
  • severe headache, ringing in the ears, blurred or dimmed vision
Inform your doctor if any of these side effects do not go away or are severe, or if you experience other side effects.

Can I take this with other medicines?

Do not take this medicine with the following medicines:
  • antibiotics e.g. tetracycline
  • vitamin A
Inform your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any of these medicines:
  • medicine for epilepsy (fits) e.g. phenobarbital
  • medicines to treat fungal infection e.g. ketoconazole
  • medicine for tuberculosis or TB e.g. rifampicin
  • medicine to neutralise stomach acid e.g. cimetidine
  • medicines for high blood pressure or heart disease e.g. diltiazem, verapami
  • medicines used in organ transplant or certain immune disorders e.g. ciclosporin
  • medicine used to prevent blood clots e.g. tranexamic acid, aminocaproic acid
This list does not include all medicines that may interact with Tretinoin.

Inform your doctor if you are currently taking birth control pills as this can reduce the effectiveness of Tretinoin. You should not stop or start any birth control pills without first informing your doctor. Ask your doctor about using non-hormonal birth control as an alternative while being treated with this medicine.

Always notify your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, including herbal tonics such as traditional Chinese medicines, supplements and medicines that you buy without a prescription.

What special dietary instructions should I follow?

Avoid alcohol.

Limit your intake of vitamin A supplements. Avoid taking foods that are rich in vitamin A.

How should I store this medicine?

Store in a cool, dry place away from the reach of children. Keep the bottle tightly closed and protect from light.

Return any unused or expired medicine to your pharmacist, clinic or hospital for disposal.

Medicines must not be used past the expiry date.

This information is independently developed by MIMS based on Tretinoin - Oral and is provided for your reference only. It is not a replacement for and should only be used in conjunction with full consultation with a licensed healthcare professional, the information provided by your pharmacist and/or the manufacturer of the medication. It may not contain all the available information you require and cannot substitute professional medical care, nor does it take into account all individual circumstances. Although great effort has been made to ensure content accuracy, we shall not be held responsible or liable for any claims or damages arising from the use or misuse of the information contained herein, its contents or omissions, or otherwise. Copyright © 2019 MIMS. All rights reserved. Powered by MIMS.com

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