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Generic name: tretinoin

What is Atralin?

Atralin is a prescription medicine used on the skin (topical) to treat acne. Acne is a condition in which the skin has blackheads, whiteheads, and other pimples.

It is not known if Atralin is safe and effective in children under 10 years of age.

What should I tell my healthcare provider before using Atralin?

Before using Atralin, tell your healthcare provider about all of your medical conditions, including if you:

  • are allergic to fish. Atralin contains fish proteins. Tell your healthcare provider if you get hives or itching during treatment with Atralin.
  • have a skin condition called eczema.
  • have a sunburn.
  • are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. It is not known if Atralin will harm your unborn baby.
  • are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed. It is not known if Atralin passes into your breast milk.

Tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines you take, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, herbal supplements, and any skin products that you use.

Especially tell your healthcare provider if you use any other medicines to treat your acne, including medicated cleansers or soaps. Using other topical acne products may increase the irritation of your skin when used with Atralin.

How should I use Atralin?

  • Use Atralin exactly as your healthcare provider tells you to use it.
  • Before you apply Atralin, gently wash the affected skin area with a mild, non-medicated soap. Rinse and pat your skin dry.
  • Apply Atralin 1 time a day before bedtime.
  • Apply a thin layer of Atralin to cover the affected skin areas. Gently rub Atralin into your skin.
  • Do not use more Atralin than you need to cover the affected area and do not apply Atralin more than 1 time a day. Using too much Atralin may irritate or increase the irritation of your skin, and will not give faster or better results.
  • You may use moisturizers and cosmetics.

What should I avoid while using Atralin?

  • Avoid washing your skin too often and scrubbing the affected skin area.
  • You should avoid sunlamps, tanning beds, and ultraviolet light during treatment with Atralin.
  • Minimize exposure to sunlight.
  • If you have to be in the sunlight or are sensitive to sunlight, use a sunscreen with a SPF (sun protection factor) of 15 or more and wear protective clothing, and a wide brimmed hat to cover the treated areas.
  • If you do get sunburned, stop using Atralin until your skin has healed and is back to normal.
  • Cold weather and wind may irritate skin treated with Atralin. Skin treated with Atralin may dry out or get wind burned more easily. Talk to your healthcare provider about ways to manage skin irritation.
  • Avoid contact with the peels of limes.

What are the possible side effects of Atralin?

Atralin may cause skin irritation, including: skin dryness, burning, redness, excessive flaking or peeling. If you develop these symptoms, your healthcare provider may tell you to stop using Atralin for a while, decrease the number of times you apply Atralin, or completely stop treatment with Atralin. It is not known if Atralin is effective when used less than 1 time a day.

Tell your healthcare provider if you have any side effect that bothers you or that does not go away. These are not all of the side effects possible with Atralin.

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

General information about the safe and effective use of Atralin

Medicines are sometimes prescribed for purposes other than those listed in a Patient Information leaflet. Do not use Atralin for a condition for which it was not prescribed. Do not give Atralin to other people, even if they have the same symptoms you have. It may harm them.

You can ask your pharmacist or healthcare provider for information about Atralin that is written for health professionals.

How should I store Atralin?

  • Store Atralin at room temperature, 68°F to 77°F (20°C to 25°C).
  • Protect from freezing.

Keep Atralin and all medicines out of the reach of children.

What are the ingredients in Atralin?

Active ingredient: tretinoin
Inactive ingredients: benzyl alcohol, butylparaben, butylated hydroxytoluene, carbomer homopolymer Type C, ethylparaben, fish collagen hydrolyzates, glycerin, isobutylparaben, methylparaben, octoxynol 9, phenoxyethanol, propylparaben, purified water, sodium hyaluronate, and trolamine.

For more information, call 1-800-321-4576.

Source: National Library of Medicine. Last updated July 1, 2016.