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Is Generic Tretinoin As Effective and the Same Formula As Name Brand Retin-A?

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Generic tretinoin

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Generally speaking, generics are almost identical to the brand name. That said, there are potential minor differences, and if budget or insurance coverage is not an issue, I always prefer the branded product which has more rigorous testing and experience behind it.

Toronto Dermatologic Surgeon
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Generic Retin-A

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Generic Tretinoin is usually as effective as the name brand.  The next time you pick you pick up your prescription, talk to your pharmacist about this.  Also, be sure you are using the correct strength.  Retin-A comes in 3 strengths for a reason.  You start with the lowest one and work your way up to the highest strength.

Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
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Brand Name Retin A vs Generic Retinoids

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Brands and generic should have similar efficacy based on strict federal requlations.  Some patients prefer different vehicles such as using a cream instead of a gel.

Web reference: http://perridermatology.com

Houston Dermatologist

Generic Tretinoin vs Retin-A

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At this point in time there are many, many versions of Retin-A on the market and many makers of the product. Some are gels, some creams. The brand name isn't important. The tolerability of your skin with the product is what you need to worry about.

Las Vegas Dermatologist
4.5 out of 5 stars 6 reviews

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