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Generic Name: Topical Tretinoin [TRET-in-oin ]
Renova, Retinoin Topical, and Renova Refissa
Drug class: Topical acne agents

What is Avita?

Tretinoin helps renew the skin by combining Vitamin A.The skin-care product Avita is used for acne treatment, smoothing rough skin, and reducing the appearance of fine lines, mottled discoloration, and skin pigmentation.This medication guide does not list all possible uses of Avita.

Side effects of Avita

If you experience any of the following symptoms of an allergy reaction, seek immediate medical attention: difficulty breathing, hives, swelling in your lips, face, throat, or tongue.

Avita can cause severe side effects. If you experience:

  • The skin may experience severe irritation, burning, or stinging.
  • Severe skin dryness;
  • Severe redness or swelling. Blistering, crusting, or peeling

Avita may make your skin more sensitive to extreme weather conditions such as wind and cold.

Avita can cause the following side effects:

  • Itching, skin redness or burning, and irritation are all symptoms of skin inflammation.
  • Sore throat
  • The application of the medication may cause mild discomfort or slight stinging.
  • Changes in the colour of skin treated with a treatment

There may be other side effects. For medical advice on side effects, call your doctor. Report any adverse reactions by calling the FDA's 24-hour hotline: 1-800-FDA-1088.

Similar/related drugs

Prednisone, Doxycycline, Clindamycin Topical, Topical Erythromycin, Tetracycline, Topical Tretinoin, and Temovate


Do not get this medicine in your mouth, eyes, vagina, or nose creases.

Before you take this drug

Avita should be avoided if the user is allergic.Avita should not be given to children without medical consultation. Certain brands of topical tretinoin are not recommended for anyone younger than 18.

If you've ever:

  • Eczema;
  • An allergy fish gel (the gel can contain fish-derived ingredients).

Avita is unknown to cause harm to an unborn child. Inform your doctor that you're pregnant.You may be unable to breastfeed your baby while taking this medication. You should ask your doctor if there are any possible risks.

How to take Avita?

Read all the instructions or guides that come with your medication and follow all the directions. Follow the directions on your prescription label.It will not work faster if you use more or apply it more frequently than recommended. Your body could experience additional side effects.Take it only by mouth. Topical medicines are only to be applied topically. Use only on skin that is not sunburnt or eczematous.Please read and follow all instructions for use that come with your medication. If you don't understand the instructions, ask your pharmacist or doctor.Hands should be washed before and after using Avita. Cleanse and dry your skin before applying Avita. This medicine can cause irritation if applied to wet or greasy skin.After applying Avita, do not use any other products or wash treated skin for 1 hour.Avita is part of an overall skin care regimen that also includes the use of sunscreen, protective clothing, and avoiding exposure to sunlight.Your skin may not improve for several weeks. Continue to use the medicine as prescribed, and inform your doctor of any symptoms that do not improve. Avita may temporarily worsen your acne if you use it to treat the condition.If your skin is irritated or your acne doesn't improve in 8–12 weeks, call your doctor.Even if it doesn't seem to be working, continue taking this medication for the prescribed time.Keep the bottle at room temperature, away from heat and moisture. When not in use, keep the bottle closed tightly.Avita gel is flammable. Avoid using near-open flames or high temperatures. Smoke only after the gel is completely dry.

What happens if I miss the dose?

If you are almost due for the next dose, skip the dose that was missed. Never take two doses of the same medicine at once.

What happens if I overdose?

Call 1-800-222-1222 for poison help or seek immediate medical attention.

Avoid this

Avoid tanning or exposure to the sun. Avita may make it easier to get sunburned.Use sunscreen and protective clothing (SPF 15 or greater) whenever you're outdoors.Do not get this medicine in your mouth, eyes, or vagina. Also, avoid getting it in the nose creases.Use skin care products that are not irritating, like harsh soaps and shampoos. Avoid hair dyes or chemicals that last forever, waxes, or hair removal products, as well as products containing alcohol, spices, or astringents.Avoid applying other medication to the area you are treating with Avita unless you have been told by your doctor that you can.

Interaction with other drug

If your doctor has not prescribed otherwise, do not use any skin care products that contain benzoyl peroxide, sulphur resorcinol, or alicylic acid. If used in conjunction with Avita, these products may cause serious skin irritation.Other drugs that you take are unlikely to affect the medicine applied to your skin. Many drugs interact. Inform your healthcare providers of all the medicines that you take, including prescription medicines and over-the counter medicines.