Retino AC Gel 0.025% + 1% (15 gm) (Tretinoin + Clindamycin)
Clindamycin / Tretinoin gel is topically used to treat acne, smooth rough facial skin, reduce the appearance of fine wrinkles and mottled skin discoloration. It is also used to treat a type of blood problem called acute promyelocytic leukaemia (bone marrow malignancy with an excess of immature cell). Retino AC Gel is used to treat certain bacterial infections including infections of the lungs, skin, blood, female reproductive organs, and internal organs.
How it works
Retino AC Gel is a form of vitamin A and belongs to a group of medicines called ‘retinoids’. It helps the skin renew itself and works by slowing the growth of certain types of diseased blood cells. Clindamycin / Tretinoin gel belongs to class of medications called lincosamide antibiotics
. Clindamycin inhibits bacterial protein synthesis, thereby stopping bacterial growth.
Common side effects
Dry skin, Peeling, Higher levels of blood fats.common side effects of tretinoin gel or cream: increase or decrease of skin pigment ; redness, Swollen, Conjunctivitis or dry eyes, Chest pain or abdominal pain, Sweating, Or feeling of warmth; sensitivity to sunlight; skin irritation; stinging at the application site., Worried or depressed, Skin rash, Pins and needles or numbness of your hands or feet, Bone or joint pain, An irregular heartbeat, Redness, Stomach upset, Itching, Dry or cracked lips, Breathing difficulties such as asthma, Loss of appetite, Feeling confused, Headache or feeling dizzy, Feeling tired, Difficulty sleeping, Changes to your eyesight or hearing, Oral tablets: hair loss, Diarrhea or constipation, Peeling or inflammation, Cold or generally unwell, Feeling or being sick, Mouth or nose
Fast heartbeat, Puffiness or swelling of the eyelids or around the eyes, Ulcers, Peeling, Joint or muscle pain, Face, Sore throat, Cough or hoarseness, Shortness of breath, Blurred vision, Sores, Nausea, Or skin rash, Or white spots in the mouth or on the lips, Blistering, Red, Yellow eyes or skin, Hives or welts, Heartburn, Chills, Lower back, Vomiting, Thrush., Itching, Unusual weight loss, Bleeding gums, Loss of appetite, Unusual tiredness, Diarrhea, Dizziness, Difficulty with swallowing, Chest pain, Or tongue, Swollen and scaly skin, Lips, Dry mouth, Or loosening of the skin, Stomach cramps, Headache.
Do not take Clindamycin / Tretinoin and tell your doctor:
• If you are allergic to tretinoin or any of the other ingredients or other ‘retinoid’ medicines (isotretinoin, acitretin and tazarotene) and peanuts or soya (as tretinoin medicines may contain soyabean oil).
• If you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant or breastfeeding.
• Do not drive or operate or drive machinery while you are taking Retino AC Gel.
• Avoid becoming pregnant during and within one month (four weeks) after stopping treatment with Retino AC Gel. Consult your doctor for the right method of contraception you can use.
• Avoid getting tretinoin cream in your eyes, nose, or mouth
• Retino AC Gel may cause you to become sunburned more easily. Take suitable precautions (sun cream, clothing etc.).
• Do not apply Retino AC Gel cream to sunburned skin.
• Do not stop using Retino AC Gel if your skin condition appears to worsen for the first 2 to 3 weeks of treatment. This is expected.
• Talk with your doctor before you use any other medicines or products on your skin.
• Retino AC Gel should be used extreme caution in children younger than 12 years old.
Frequently asked questions
Q. Is tretinoin a st***d/ retin a/ retin a/ a retinoid/retinol?
Tretinoin is not a st***d. It is a form of vitamin A (Retin-A) and belongs to a group of medicines called ‘retinoids’. Tretinoin and retinol are similar but tretinoin tends to be a bit more aggressive than retinol which is a bit more suitable for those with sensitive skin.
Q. Is tretinoin safe/ tretinoin cream safe?
Tretinoin is safe if taken at recommended doses and duration. The gel form should be used with extreme caution in children younger than 12 years.
Q. Does tretinoin cream work/ is tretinoin cream good for acne/acne scars/ lighten skin/ thin the skin/ work on wrinkles/ fade dark spots/clog pores/ cause breakouts?
Tretinoin cream works effectively in most of the patients. It is useful for treating most of the skin related issue like acne, acne scars, skin lightening, removing wrinkles, fade dark spots, clog pores, etc. It does not cause breakouts but helps the skin in healing it.
Q. Is Retino AC Gel available over the counter?
It is available only as per doctor’s prescription.
Q. Does Retino AC Gel stain clothes?
It may stain as it has a preservative in it.
Q. Is clindamycin/Clindac/Dalacin a st***d, sulfa drug, cephalosporin, or a penicillin?
Clindamycin belongs to a group of antibiotics called lincosamide antibiotics. Clindamycin is not a cephalosporin, penicillin, or a sulpha drug and does not contain sulpha.
Q. Is clindamycin good for strep throat, urinary tract infection, sinus infection, sore throat, bladder infection, yeast infection, bacterial vaginosis and ear infection?
Clindamycin can be used to treat strep throat, sore throat, sinus infection, bladder infection, yeast infection, bacterial vaginosis and ear infection. Clindamycin can be used but is not the first choice of drug for urinary tract infection.
Q. Is clindamycin safe?
Clindamycin is relatively safe if used at prescribed doses for the prescribed duration as advised by your doctor.
Q. Is clindamycin over-the-counter drug?
Clindamycin is not an over the counter drug. It is a prescription drug.
Q. Can I take clindamycin with food, milk, alcohol?
Clindamycin can be taken with food and milk. It shows no significant interaction with alcohol, however it is advisable not to drink or limit the use of alcohol while you are taking antibiotics.
Q. Can I take clindamycin with a penicillin allergy?
Clindamycin is considered safe for use in patients with a penicillin allergy.
Q. Does clindamycin treat acne scars?
Clindamycin can prevent the formation of new scars by preventing formation of new acne, but will not be useful for the scars already formed.
Q. Can clindamycin cream cause thrush?
Yes, clindamycin cream may cause thrush with prolonged use or if you are prone to fungal infections.