Upsher-Smith Laboratories | Altinac (Medication)


Altinac/tretinoin is a topical form of vitamin A that helps the skin renew itself. Altinac is a derivative of vitamin A. It is used on the skin in the treatment of mild to moderate acne and on skin that has been damaged by excessive exposure to the sun.

Altinac irritates the skin and causes the cells of the skin to grow (divide) and die more rapidly, increasing the turnover of cells. The number of layers of cells in the skin actually is reduced. In patients with acne, new cells replace the cells of existing pimples, and the rapid turnover of cells prevents new pimples from forming.

By a similar mechanism, Altinac can reduce some wrinkles, areas of darkened skin (hyperpigmentation), and rough areas of skin, all of which occur in sun-damaged skin. In patients with sun-damaged skin, improvements in the skin usually are seen within the first 3 to 4 weeks of treatment. Brown spots begin to fade after six to eight weeks. Wrinkles decrease or disappear after three to six months. ...

Side Effect:

Among with its needed effects, Altinac can cause severe side effects such as:an allergic reaction – rash, itching, difficulty breathing, closing of the throat, swelling of the lips, tongue, or face, or hives; or liver problems - yellowing of the skin or eyes, nausea, abdominal pain or discomfort, unusual bleeding or bruising, severe fatigue. If you notice any of these stop taking this medicine and seek medical help immediately.

More common and less serious side effects include:nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, or abdominal pain; dizziness, fatigue, or headache; or vaginal yeast infection. If any of these persist or worsen, call your doctor. ...


Before using this medicine inform your doctor if you have any type of allergies. Tell your doctor if you are using other medicine and if you have any illness, especially liver conditions.

Because Altinac can cause dizziness do not drive and use heavy machinery until you are sure you can perform this activity safely. Also avoid drinking large amounts of alcohol beverages.

During pregnancy and breastfeeding is not recommended to use this medicine without your doctor's advice. ...