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Common Retin Side Effects


The most commonly reported Retin side effects (click to view or check a box to report):

Inflammatory Bowel Disease (14)
Colitis Ulcerative (14)
Depression (12)
Pain (9)
Headache (8)
Crohn's Disease (8)
Intestinal Haemorrhage (7)
Anxiety (6)
Blood Cholesterol Increased (5)
Colitis (5)
Intestinal Obstruction (5)
Eye Swelling (4)
Emotional Distress (4)
Blood Triglycerides Increased (4)
Hypoaesthesia (4)
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (4)
Swelling Face (4)
Pruritus (4)
Large Intestinal Ulcer (4)
Injury (4)

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If you or someone in your family has experienced a serious side effect to a health product, you are encouraged to report the experience to your health care professional (e.g. physician, pharmacist). You could also complete a copy of the side effect reporting form or report your side effect to FDA.

Retin Side Effects Reported to FDA



Retin Side Effect Report#9971977
Pain, Alopecia, Injection Site Pain, Patella Fracture, Pain In Extremity, Arthralgia, Impaired Healing, Lower Limb Fracture
This is a report of a female patient (weight: NA) from Country Not Specified, suffering from the following health symptoms/conditions: NA, who was treated with Retin A (dosage: NA, start time: 201306), combined with:
  • Humira
  • Nexium
and developed a serious reaction and side effect(s): Pain, Alopecia, Injection Site Pain, Patella Fracture, Pain In Extremity, Arthralgia, Impaired Healing, Lower Limb Fracture after the beginning of treatment. This case can indicate the possible existence of increased vulnerability to Retin A treatment in female patients, resulting in Pain side effect.
Retin Side Effect Report#9875653
Product Substitution Issue
This report suggests a potential Retin A Product Substitution Issue side effect(s) that can have serious consequences. A 54-year-old female patient (weight: NA) from US was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: NA and used Retin A (dosage: NA) starting NS. After starting Retin A the patient began experiencing various side effects, including: Product Substitution IssueAdditional drugs used concurrently: NA. Although Retin A demonstrated significant improvements in a number of clinically relevant cases, troublesome symptoms, such as Product Substitution Issue, may still occur.
Retin Side Effect Report#9286833
Pre-eclampsia, Exposure During Pregnancy
This Pre-eclampsia problem was reported by a health professional from US. A 29-year-old female patient (weight: NA) was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: acne. On 2012 this consumer started treatment with Retin-a (dosage: As Required, Topical). The following drugs were being taken at the same time: NA. When using Retin-a, the patient experienced the following unwanted symptoms/side effects: Pre-eclampsia, Exposure During PregnancyAlthough all drugs are carefully tested before they are licensed for use, they carry side effect risks. Some side effects, such as Pre-eclampsia, may become evident only after a product is in use by the general population.
Retin Side Effect Report#9263101
Pain, Paraesthesia, Skin Disorder, Swelling Face, Chemical Injury, Product Label Issue
This Pain side effect was reported by a consumer or non-health professional from US. A 47-year-old male patient (weight:NA) experienced the following symptoms/conditions: skin disorder,dry skin,prophylaxis.The patient was prescribed Retinol (drug dosage: Once Nightly,), which was initiated on
Nov 25, 2012. Concurrently used drugs: NA..After starting to take Retinol the consumer reported adverse symptoms, such as: Pain, Paraesthesia, Skin Disorder, Swelling Face, Chemical Injury, Product Label IssueThese side effects may potentially be related to Retinol.
Retin Side Effect Report#9118324
Skin Warm, Rash, Eye Swelling, Eye Irritation
This is a report of a female patient (weight: NA) from US, suffering from the following health symptoms/conditions: skin wrinkling, who was treated with Retinol (dosage: Dime, 1xday, Topical, start time: NS), combined with: NA. and developed a serious reaction and side effect(s): Skin Warm, Rash, Eye Swelling, Eye Irritation after the beginning of treatment. This case can indicate the possible existence of increased vulnerability to Retinol treatment in female patients, resulting in Skin Warm side effect.
Retin Side Effect Report#8909223
Nasal Congestion, Productive Cough, Anosmia, Chapped Lips, Lip Pain, Heart Rate Decreased, Weight Decreased, Ageusia, Asthma
This report suggests a potential Retinol Nasal Congestion side effect(s) that can have serious consequences. A 77-year-old female patient (weight: NA) from US was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: wrinkles and used Retinol (dosage: Thumbnail Full, Bid, Topical) starting
Jul 04, 2012. After starting Retinol the patient began experiencing various side effects, including: Nasal Congestion, Productive Cough, Anosmia, Chapped Lips, Lip Pain, Heart Rate Decreased, Weight Decreased, Ageusia, AsthmaAdditional drugs used concurrently:
  • Atenolol
  • Lisinopril
  • Pravastatin
Although Retinol demonstrated significant improvements in a number of clinically relevant cases, troublesome symptoms, such as Nasal Congestion, may still occur.
Retin Side Effect Report#8816295
Headache, Nausea, Hypopnoea, Lethargy
This Headache problem was reported by a consumer or non-health professional from US. A 65-year-old female patient (weight: NA) was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: skin disorder,wrinkles. On
Sep 09, 2012 this consumer started treatment with Retinol (dosage: Less Than Pea, 1xday,topical). The following drugs were being taken at the same time: NA. When using Retinol, the patient experienced the following unwanted symptoms/side effects: Headache, Nausea, Hypopnoea, LethargyAlthough all drugs are carefully tested before they are licensed for use, they carry side effect risks. Some side effects, such as Headache, may become evident only after a product is in use by the general population.
Retin Side Effect Report#8804983
Acute Respiratory Failure
This Acute Respiratory Failure side effect was reported by a physician from Country Not Specified. A 42-year-old male patient (weight:NA) experienced the following symptoms/conditions: acute promyelocytic leukaemia.The patient was prescribed Retinoic Acid (drug dosage: NA), which was initiated on NS. Concurrently used drugs: NA..After starting to take Retinoic Acid the consumer reported adverse symptoms, such as: Acute Respiratory FailureThese side effects may potentially be related to Retinoic Acid.
Retin Side Effect Report#8779964
Arthritis, Arthralgia
This is a report of a 16-year-old female patient (weight: NA) from US, suffering from the following health symptoms/conditions: NA, who was treated with Retin-a (dosage: NA, start time: NS), combined with: NA. and developed a serious reaction and side effect(s): Arthritis, Arthralgia after the beginning of treatment. This case can indicate the possible existence of increased vulnerability to Retin-a treatment in female patients, resulting in Arthritis side effect.
Retin Side Effect Report#8462604-9
Visual Acuity Reduced, Vitreous Floaters, Eye Disorder, Accidental Exposure
This report suggests a potential Retinol Visual Acuity Reduced side effect(s) that can have serious consequences. A 65-year-old male patient (weight: NA) from United States was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: NA and used Retinol (dosage: Head Of Pin Size, 1x, Topical) starting
Jun 04, 2012. After starting Retinol the patient began experiencing various side effects, including: Visual Acuity Reduced, Vitreous Floaters, Eye Disorder, Accidental ExposureAdditional drugs used concurrently: NA. Although Retinol demonstrated significant improvements in a number of clinically relevant cases, troublesome symptoms, such as Visual Acuity Reduced, may still occur.
Retin Side Effect Report#8392088-0
Swelling Face, Product Label Issue, Sunburn, Skin Exfoliation
This Swelling Face problem was reported by a consumer or non-health professional from United States. A 54-year-old female patient (weight: NA) was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: skin wrinkling. On
Apr 10, 2011 this consumer started treatment with Retinol (dosage: Tablespoon Daily Epidural). The following drugs were being taken at the same time: NA. When using Retinol, the patient experienced the following unwanted symptoms/side effects: Swelling Face, Product Label Issue, Sunburn, Skin ExfoliationAlthough all drugs are carefully tested before they are licensed for use, they carry side effect risks. Some side effects, such as Swelling Face, may become evident only after a product is in use by the general population.
Retin Side Effect Report#8353397-4
Abdominal Wound Dehiscence, Diarrhoea, Crying, Inguinal Hernia, Rhinorrhoea, Gastrointestinal Disorder
This Abdominal Wound Dehiscence side effect was reported by a health professional from United States. A female patient (weight:NA) experienced the following symptoms/conditions: NA.The patient was prescribed Retinol Acetate (drug dosage: NA), which was initiated on
Sep 15, 2011. Concurrently used drugs:
  • Synagis
  • Ergocalciferol
  • Phytonadione
  • Vitamin E (herbal Oil Nos)
  • Pancreatin Triple Strength Cap
  • Polyethylene Glycol
.After starting to take Retinol Acetate the consumer reported adverse symptoms, such as: Abdominal Wound Dehiscence, Diarrhoea, Crying, Inguinal Hernia, Rhinorrhoea, Gastrointestinal DisorderThese side effects may potentially be related to Retinol Acetate. The patient was hospitalized.
Retin Side Effect Report#8340817-4
Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Blood Alkaline Phosphatase Increased, Intestinal Obstruction, Blood Cholesterol Increased, Blood Triglycerides Increased, Haemoglobin Decreased, Colitis Ulcerative, Depression, Intestinal Haemorrhage
This is a report of a male patient (weight: NA) from United States, suffering from the following health symptoms/conditions: NA, who was treated with Retin-a (dosage: NA, start time:
Sep 22, 1998), combined with:
  • Accutane
and developed a serious reaction and side effect(s): Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Blood Alkaline Phosphatase Increased, Intestinal Obstruction, Blood Cholesterol Increased, Blood Triglycerides Increased, Haemoglobin Decreased, Colitis Ulcerative, Depression, Intestinal Haemorrhage after the beginning of treatment. This case can indicate the possible existence of increased vulnerability to Retin-a treatment in male patients, resulting in Inflammatory Bowel Disease side effect. The patient was hospitalized.
Retin Side Effect Report#8327027-1
Atrial Fibrillation
This report suggests a potential Retin-a Atrial Fibrillation side effect(s) that can have serious consequences. A 64-year-old female patient (weight: NA) from Canada was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: NA and used Retin-a (dosage: 0.05% Cream Prn / %) starting
Nov 02, 2011. After starting Retin-a the patient began experiencing various side effects, including: Atrial FibrillationAdditional drugs used concurrently:
  • Vemurafenib (Date Of Last Dose Prior To Event: 09/apr/2012)
  • Prochlorperazine
The patient was hospitalized. Although Retin-a demonstrated significant improvements in a number of clinically relevant cases, troublesome symptoms, such as Atrial Fibrillation, may still occur.
Retin Side Effect Report#8319952-2
Neutropenic Sepsis
This Neutropenic Sepsis problem was reported by a physician from United States. A female patient (weight: NA) was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: NA. On
Mar 17, 2009 this consumer started treatment with Retin-a (dosage: NA). The following drugs were being taken at the same time:
  • Inderal
  • Docetaxel (Form: Vials; Dose Level : 75 Mg/m2 Permanently Discontinued)
  • Carboplatin (Dosage Reported As 6 Auc And Form: Vials, Permanently Discontinued)
  • Elavil
  • Allegra
  • Zantac
  • Fioricet
  • Avastin (Form: Vials, Dose Level :15 Mg/kg)
When using Retin-a, the patient experienced the following unwanted symptoms/side effects: Neutropenic SepsisAlthough all drugs are carefully tested before they are licensed for use, they carry side effect risks. Some side effects, such as Neutropenic Sepsis, may become evident only after a product is in use by the general population.
Retin Side Effect Report#8281562-3
Biliary Dyskinesia, Gallbladder Disorder, Pain
This Biliary Dyskinesia side effect was reported by a consumer or non-health professional from United States. A 16-year-old female patient (weight:NA) experienced the following symptoms/conditions: NA.The patient was prescribed Retin-a Micro (drug dosage: Unk), which was initiated on
Jan 14, 2009. Concurrently used drugs:
  • Claritin (Unk)
  • Doxycyclin [doxycycline Hyclate] (Unk)
.After starting to take Retin-a Micro the consumer reported adverse symptoms, such as: Biliary Dyskinesia, Gallbladder Disorder, PainThese side effects may potentially be related to Retin-a Micro. The patient was hospitalized.
Retin Side Effect Report#8274479-1
Large Intestinal Ulcer, Crohn's Disease, Colitis Ulcerative, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Intestinal Haemorrhage, Blood Cholesterol Increased, Depression, Blood Alkaline Phosphatase Increased, Blood Triglycerides Increased
This is a report of a male patient (weight: NA) from United States, suffering from the following health symptoms/conditions: NA, who was treated with Retin-a (dosage: NA, start time:
Sep 22, 1998), combined with:
  • Accutane
and developed a serious reaction and side effect(s): Large Intestinal Ulcer, Crohn's Disease, Colitis Ulcerative, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Intestinal Haemorrhage, Blood Cholesterol Increased, Depression, Blood Alkaline Phosphatase Increased, Blood Triglycerides Increased after the beginning of treatment. This case can indicate the possible existence of increased vulnerability to Retin-a treatment in male patients, resulting in Large Intestinal Ulcer side effect. The patient was hospitalized.
Retin Side Effect Report#8081545-2
Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Dry Skin, Depression, Photosensitivity Reaction, Crohn's Disease, Blood Triglycerides Increased, Emotional Distress
This report suggests a potential Retin-a Inflammatory Bowel Disease side effect(s) that can have serious consequences. A female patient (weight: NA) from United States was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: NA and used Retin-a (dosage: NA) starting
Jan 01, 1998. After starting Retin-a the patient began experiencing various side effects, including: Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Dry Skin, Depression, Photosensitivity Reaction, Crohn's Disease, Blood Triglycerides Increased, Emotional DistressAdditional drugs used concurrently:
  • Accutane
  • Effexor
  • Yaz
  • Accutane (40 Mg In Morning And 20 Mg At Night.)
  • Xanax
  • Accutane
Although Retin-a demonstrated significant improvements in a number of clinically relevant cases, troublesome symptoms, such as Inflammatory Bowel Disease, may still occur.
Retin Side Effect Report#8068178-9
Fatigue, Laziness
This Fatigue problem was reported by a consumer or non-health professional from United States. A 80-year-old female patient (weight: NA) was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: NA. On
Mar 11, 2011 this consumer started treatment with Retinol (dosage: Unk). The following drugs were being taken at the same time:
  • Magnesium Sulfate (Unk)
  • Thiamine Mononitrate (Unk)
  • Vitamin D (Unk)
  • Calcium (Unk)
  • Ascorbic Acid (Unk)
  • Prolia (60 Mg, Q6mo)
  • Levothyroxine Sodium (Unk)
  • Vitamin B-12 (Unk)
When using Retinol, the patient experienced the following unwanted symptoms/side effects: Fatigue, LazinessAlthough all drugs are carefully tested before they are licensed for use, they carry side effect risks. Some side effects, such as Fatigue, may become evident only after a product is in use by the general population.
Retin Side Effect Report#8062057-9
Dyspepsia, Gallbladder Non-functioning, Cholecystitis Chronic, Psychological Trauma, Gastric Disorder, Pain, Emotional Distress, Hot Flush, Retching
This Dyspepsia side effect was reported by a consumer or non-health professional from United States. A 21-year-old female patient (weight:NA) experienced the following symptoms/conditions: acne.The patient was prescribed Retin-a (drug dosage: NA), which was initiated on
Apr 01, 2007. Concurrently used drugs:
  • Tetracycline
  • Loestrin 1.5/30
  • Yaz (Unk)
  • Nuvaring
.After starting to take Retin-a the consumer reported adverse symptoms, such as: Dyspepsia, Gallbladder Non-functioning, Cholecystitis Chronic, Psychological Trauma, Gastric Disorder, Pain, Emotional Distress, Hot Flush, RetchingThese side effects may potentially be related to Retin-a. The patient was hospitalized.
Retin Side Effect Report#8055993-0
Colitis Ulcerative, Lip Dry, Blood Triglycerides Increased, Injury, Intestinal Obstruction, Depression, Large Intestinal Ulcer, Intestinal Haemorrhage, Blood Cholesterol Increased
This is a report of a male patient (weight: NA) from United States, suffering from the following health symptoms/conditions: NA, who was treated with Retin-a (dosage: NA, start time:
Sep 22, 1998), combined with:
  • Accutane
and developed a serious reaction and side effect(s): Colitis Ulcerative, Lip Dry, Blood Triglycerides Increased, Injury, Intestinal Obstruction, Depression, Large Intestinal Ulcer, Intestinal Haemorrhage, Blood Cholesterol Increased after the beginning of treatment. This case can indicate the possible existence of increased vulnerability to Retin-a treatment in male patients, resulting in Colitis Ulcerative side effect. The patient was hospitalized.
Retin Side Effect Report#8042802-9
Intestinal Obstruction, Large Intestinal Ulcer, Depression, Blood Cholesterol Increased, Crohn's Disease, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Colonic Stenosis, Injury, Intestinal Fistula
This report suggests a potential Retin-a Intestinal Obstruction side effect(s) that can have serious consequences. A male patient (weight: NA) from United States was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: NA and used Retin-a (dosage: NA) starting
Sep 22, 1998. After starting Retin-a the patient began experiencing various side effects, including: Intestinal Obstruction, Large Intestinal Ulcer, Depression, Blood Cholesterol Increased, Crohn's Disease, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Colonic Stenosis, Injury, Intestinal FistulaAdditional drugs used concurrently:
  • Accutane
The patient was hospitalized. Although Retin-a demonstrated significant improvements in a number of clinically relevant cases, troublesome symptoms, such as Intestinal Obstruction, may still occur.
Retin Side Effect Report#7967313-8
Condition Aggravated, Crohn's Disease
This Condition Aggravated problem was reported by a consumer or non-health professional from United States. A female patient (weight: NA) was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: acne,crohn's disease. On
Dec 01, 2010 this consumer started treatment with Retin-a Micro (dosage: NA). The following drugs were being taken at the same time:
  • Lialda
  • Imuran
When using Retin-a Micro, the patient experienced the following unwanted symptoms/side effects: Condition Aggravated, Crohn's DiseaseAlthough all drugs are carefully tested before they are licensed for use, they carry side effect risks. Some side effects, such as Condition Aggravated, may become evident only after a product is in use by the general population.
Retin Side Effect Report#7955555-7
Blood Cholesterol Increased, Large Intestinal Ulcer, Injury, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Colonic Stenosis, Colitis Ulcerative, Crohn's Disease, Intestinal Haemorrhage, Intestinal Fistula
This Blood Cholesterol Increased side effect was reported by a consumer or non-health professional from United States. A male patient (weight:NA) experienced the following symptoms/conditions: NA.The patient was prescribed Retin-a (drug dosage: NA), which was initiated on
Sep 22, 1998. Concurrently used drugs:
  • Accutane
.After starting to take Retin-a the consumer reported adverse symptoms, such as: Blood Cholesterol Increased, Large Intestinal Ulcer, Injury, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Colonic Stenosis, Colitis Ulcerative, Crohn's Disease, Intestinal Haemorrhage, Intestinal FistulaThese side effects may potentially be related to Retin-a. The patient was hospitalized.
Retin Side Effect Report#7950335-0
Eating Disorder, Treatment Noncompliance, Affective Disorder, Bipolar Ii Disorder, Suicide Attempt, Attention-seeking Behaviour, Borderline Personality Disorder, Mood Swings, Anxiety
This is a report of a 17-year-old female patient (weight: NA) from United States, suffering from the following health symptoms/conditions: acne,depression,affective disorder, who was treated with Retin-a Micro 0.04% Gel (dosage: Apply To Face At Night, start time: NS), combined with:
  • Prozac
  • Lamictal
  • Lamictal
  • Seroquel Xr (400 Mg At 7 Pm)
  • Lamictal
  • Minocycline Hcl
and developed a serious reaction and side effect(s): Eating Disorder, Treatment Noncompliance, Affective Disorder, Bipolar Ii Disorder, Suicide Attempt, Attention-seeking Behaviour, Borderline Personality Disorder, Mood Swings, Anxiety after the beginning of treatment. This case can indicate the possible existence of increased vulnerability to Retin-a Micro 0.04% Gel treatment in female patients, resulting in Eating Disorder side effect. The patient was hospitalized.


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    Retin Safety Alerts, Active Ingredients, Usage Information

    NDC0062-0165
    TypeHUMAN PRESCRIPTION DRUG
    Proprietary NameRetin-A
    NameTretinoin
    Dosage FormCREAM
    RouteTOPICAL
    On market since19881030
    LabelerOrtho-McNeil Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
    Active Ingredient(s)TRETINOIN
    Strength(s)0.25
    Unit(s)mg/g
    Pharma ClassRetinoid [EPC],Retinoids [Chemical/Ingredient]

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