What is Tretiva?
Tretiva is used to treat severe, disfiguring nodular acne. It should be used only after other acne medicines have been tried and have failed to help the acne. Tretiva may also be used to treat other skin diseases as determined by your doctor.
Tretiva must not be used to treat women who are able to bear children unless other forms of treatment have been tried first and have failed. Tretiva must not be taken during pregnancy because it causes birth defects in humans. If you are able to bear children, it is very important that you read, understand, and follow the pregnancy warnings for isotretinoin.
Once a medicine has been approved for marketing for a certain use, experience may show that it is also useful for other medical problems. Although these uses are not included in product labeling, Tretiva is used in certain patients with the following medical conditions:
Folliculitis, gram-negative (bacterial infection of the skin on the face beginning near the nose).
Hidradenitis suppurativa (sweat gland problem).
Rosacea (red skin disorder of the face, usually of the nose and cheeks).
Thickened or patchy skin disorders, such as keratosis follicularis, palmoplantar keratoderma, lamellar ichthyosis, or pityriasis rubra pilaris.
How should I use Tretiva?
Use Tretiva as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions. Tretiva comes with an extra patient information sheet called a Medication Guide. Read it carefully. Swallow the capsule with a full glass of water or other liquid. Do not break, crush, chew, or suck on the capsule before swallowing. This will help prevent the medication inside the capsule from irritating your throat. For best results, take Tretiva regularly. Taking Tretiva at the same time each day will help you remember to take it. . If you miss a dose of Tretiva, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take 2 doses at once.
Tretiva is a medication used for the treatment of moderate to severe acne. It was first developed to be used as a chemotherapy medication for the treatment of brain cancer, pancreatic cancer and more. It is still used in the treatment of these cancers to this day because of its ability to kill rapidly dividing cells. The effects of the medication are systemic and non-selective. In some cases, it is used to treat Harlequin type ichthyosis, a usually lethal skin deformation in which sufferers develop armor plated-like skin and usually die soon after birth. It is a retinoid, meaning it derives from vitamin A and is found in small quantities naturally in the body.
Oral Tretiva is marketed under various trade names, most commonly Roaccutane (Hoffman-La Roche; simply Accutane before July 2009), Amnesteem (Mylan), Claravis (Barr), Clarus (PremPharm), Decutan (Actavis), Isotane (Pacific Pharmaceuticals), Izotek (BlauFarma), Oratane (Genepharm Australasia), or Sotret (Ranbaxy), while topical Tretiva is most commonly marketed under the trade names Isotrex or Isotrexin (Stiefel).