By Medically reviewed by hellodoktor

Generic Name: Renova Brand Name(s): Generics only. No brands available.


What is Renova® (tretinoin) used for?

Renova® is commonly used for treating fine wrinkles, spotty skin discoloration, and rough feeling skin. It will not eliminate wrinkles or repair sun-damaged skin.

How should I take Renova® (tretinoin)?

For topically taken form, you should:

  • Use Renova® exactly as your doctor has prescribed it for you.
  • Do not take by mouth. Renova® is for use only on the skin.
  • Gently wash your face with a mild soap.
  • Pat the skin dry and wait 20-30 minutes before applying Renova® 0.02%.

How do I store Renova® (tretinoin)?

Renova® is best stored at room temperature away from direct light and moisture. To prevent drug damage, you should not store Renova® in the bathroom or the freezer. There may be different brands of Renova® that may have different storage needs. It is important to always check the product package for instructions on storage, or ask your pharmacist. For safety, you should keep all medicines away from children and pets.

You should not flush Renova® down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. It is important to properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist for more details about how to safely discard your product.

Precautions & warnings

What should I know before using Renova® (tretinoin)?

Before using Renova®, tell your doctor if you have:

  • Allergic reaction to excipients using for dosage form containing Renova®.
  • Allergic reaction to any other medicines, foods, dyes, preservatives, or animals.
  • Used any other health conditions, drugs that have a risk of interaction with Renova®.

Is it safe during pregnancy or breastfeeding?

There are no adequate studies in women for determining risk when using Renova® during pregnancy or while breastfeeding. Please always consult with your doctor to weigh the potential benefits and risks before taking Renova®. Renova® is pregnancy risk category X, according to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

FDA pregnancy risk category reference below:

  • A=No risk
  • B=No risk in some studies
  • C=There may be some risk
  • D=Positive evidence of risk
  • X=Contraindicated
  • N=Unknown

Side effects

What side effects can occur from Renova® (tretinoin)?

As taking others medicines, taking Renova® can cause some side effects. Most of them are rarely occurring and do not need any supplementary treatment. However, it is always important for you to consult your doctor if you have any problem after taking this medicine.

Some of side effects are listed below:

  • Severe burning, stinging, or irritation of treated skin
  • Severe redness, swelling, blistering, peeling, or crusting
  • Mild warmth or stinging where the medicine was applied
  • Changes in color of treated skin

Not everyone experiences these side effects. There may be some side effects not listed above. If you have any concerns about a side-effect, please consult your doctor or pharmacist.


What drugs may interact with Renova® (tretinoin)?

Renova® may interact with other drugs that you are currently taking, which can change how your drug works or increase your risk for serious side effects. To avoid any potential drug interactions, you should keep a list of all the drugs you are using (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. For your safety, do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any drugs without your doctor’s approval.

Products may interact with this drug, including:

  • Other skin medicines
  • Medicated or abrasive (rough) soaps
  • Permanent wave solutions
  • Chemical hair removers or waxes
  • Electrolysis
  • Products with alcohol, spices, astringents, or lime
  • Cleansers, shampoos, or cosmetics with a strong drying effect
  • Other products that may irritate your skin
  • Thiazides (to treat high blood pressure)
  • Tetracyclines, fluoroquinolones, sulfonamides(to treat infection)
  • Phenothiazines (to treat serious emotional problems)

Does food or alcohol interact with Renova® (tretinoin)?

Renova® may interact with food or alcohol by altering the way the drug works or increase the risk for serious side effects. Please discuss with your doctor or pharmacist any potential food or alcohol interactions before using this drug.

What health conditions may interact with Renova® (tretinoin)?

Renova® may interact with your health condition. This interaction may worsen your health condition or alter the way the drug works. It is important to always let your doctor and pharmacist know all the health conditions you currently have.


The information provided is not a substitute for any medical advice. You should ALWAYS consult with your doctor or pharmacist before using Renova® (tretinoin).

What is the dose of Renova® (tretinoin) for an adult?

Consult your doctor for information about the dose of Renova®.

What is the dose of Renova® (tretinoin) for a child?

The dosage has not been established in pediatric patients. It may be unsafe for your child. It is always important to fully understand the safety of the drug before using. Please consult with your doctor or pharmacist for more information.

How is Renova® (tretinoin) available?

Renova® is available in the following dosage forms and strengths:

  • Cream 0.02 %, 0.05 %.

What should I do in case of an emergency or overdose?

In case of an emergency or an overdose, call your local emergency services or go to your nearest emergency room.

What should I do if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose of Renova®, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take your regular dose as scheduled. Do not take a double dose.

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

Review Date: January 13, 2017 | Last Modified: September 13, 2019

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