What is this medicine?
TRIFAROTENE (trye far' oh teen) is applied to the skin to treat acne.
How should I use this medicine?
This medicine is for external use only, do not take by mouth. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Make sure the skin is clean and dry. Apply just enough to cover the affected area. Rub in gently. Do not get in the eyes, inside the nose, on wounds, or any other sensitive areas of skin.
Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. While this drug may be prescribed for children as young as 9 years for selected conditions, precautions do apply.
What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?
Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
changes in skin color
pain or tenderness of the skin
severe burning, dryness, itching, reddening, crusting, or swelling of the treated areas
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report these to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
increased sensitivity to the sun
mild burning or stinging after applying
red, inflamed, and irritated skin, skin that peels after a few days of use
What may interact with this medicine?
medicines that may dry your skin such as benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid
medicines that may increase your sensitivity to the sun such as tetracycline, thiazide diuretics, quinolone antibiotics (ciprofloxacin, levofloxacin, and others), phenothiazines (chlorpromazine, fluphenazine, perphenazine, thioridazine, trifluoperazine), and sulfa drugs
What if I miss a dose?
If you miss a dose, use it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, use only that dose. Do not use double or extra doses.
Where should I keep my medicine?
Keep out of the reach of children.
Store at room temperature between 20 and 25 degrees C (68 and 77 degrees F). Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.
What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
an unusual or allergic reaction to trifarotene, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
pregnant or trying to get pregnant
What should I watch for while using this medicine?
After using this medicine, you may notice itching, burning, or stinging. This may happen less often as your skin gets used to the medicine. Talk to your doctor or health care professional if increased sensitivity or irritation occurs. Check with your doctor or health care professional if your condition gets worse.
Do not use products that may dry the skin like medicated cosmetics, products that contain alcohol, or abrasive soaps or cleaners. Do not use other acne or skin treatment on the same area that you use this medicine unless your doctor or health care professional tells you to. If you use these together, they can cause severe skin irritation.
Do not use waxing for hair removal on treated skin.
This medicine can make you more sensitive to the sun. Keep out of the sun. If you cannot avoid being in the sun, wear protective clothing and use sunscreen. Do not use sun lamps or tanning beds/booths.