Is It Necessary to Use Name Brand Retin-A to Achieve Results?

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Retin A

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Tretinoin is the acid form of vitamin A and is also known as all-trans retinoic acid.  There are a variety of formulations in which tretinoin can be delivered.  These vary in concentration and are available as a cream or gel (brand names Aberela, Airol, Renova, Atralin, Retin-A, Avita,  Refissa, or Stieva-A).  It is also available as a generic.  There is no evidence to suggest brand names are superior, or different to, generic forms of tretinoin. 

Musi I use brand name Retin A?

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There is NO reason to use brand name Retin A. By law, generic medications must be identical to the brand. Unless you feel better using a brand, there s no practical reason for doing so. 

Peter A. Aldea, MD
Memphis Plastic Surgeon

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