Generic Name: Retinyl palmitate A313 Brand Name(s): Generics only. No brands available.

Know the basics

What is retinyl palmitate used for?

Retinyl palmitate for topical use can help:

  • Help prevent dead skin cells from sloughing off and clogging pores;
  • Reduce the amount of oil your skin produces, which also reduces pore-clogging;
  • Suppress androgen formation (androgens in the skin are a major cause of acne);
  • Protect fats from oxidation (which keeps cell damage and inflammation at bay);
  • Treat acne;
  • Treat fine wrinkles, dark spots, or rough skin on the face caused by damaging rays of the sun;
  • Keratosis follicularis (skin disorder of small, red bumps);
  • Verruca plana (flat warts).

How should I take retinyl palmitate?

For topically taken form, you should:

  • Take retinyl palmitate as directed by your doctor concerning: dose, schedule. Keep your product out of your eyes.
  • Read the label carefully before using retinyl palmitate.
  • Consult your doctor for any information on the label that you do not clearly understand.

How do I store retinyl palmitate?

Retinyl palmitate is best stored at room temperature away from direct light and moisture. To prevent drug damage, you should not store retinyl palmitate in the bathroom or the freezer. There may be different brands of retinyl palmitate 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 retinyl palmitate 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.

Know the precautions & warnings

What should I know before using retinyl palmitate?

Before using retinyl palmitate, tell your doctor if you have:

  • Allergic reaction;
  • Used any other health conditions, drugs that have a risk of interaction with retinyl palmitate as listed below.

Is it safe during pregnancy or breastfeeding?

There are no adequate studies in women for determining risk when using retinyl palmitate during pregnancy or while breastfeeding. Please always consult with your doctor to weigh the potential benefits and risks before taking retinyl palmitate. Retinyl palmitate 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.

Know the side effects

What side effects can occur from retinyl palmitate?

As taking others medicines, taking retinyl palmitate 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:

  • Burning feeling or stinging skin (severe);
  • Lightening of skin of treated area, unexpected;
  • Peeling of skin (severe);
  • Redness of skin (severe);
  • Unusual dryness of skin (severe);

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.

Know the interactions

What drugs may interact with retinyl palmitate?

Retinyl palmitate 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, such as:

Ketoconazole®; Voriconazole®;
Fluconazole®; Tranexamic Acid;
Tetracycline®; Rolitetracycline;
Oxytetracycline®; Minocycline®;
Methacycline; Meclocycline;
Lymecycline®; Aminocaproic Acid®;
Doxycycline®; Demeclocycline®;
Chlortetracycline®; Aprotinin®.

Does food or alcohol interact with retinyl palmitate?

Retinyl palmitate 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 retinyl palmitate?

Retinyl palmitate 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, especially:

  • Dermatitis;
  • Seborrheic;
  • Eczema;
  • Sunburn.

Understand the dosage

The information provided is not a substitute for any medical advice. You should ALWAYS consult with your doctor or pharmacist before using retinyl palmitate.

What is the dose of retinyl palmitate for an adult?

  • For acne: apply to the affected area(s) of the skin once a day, at bedtime;
  • For fine wrinkles, dark spots, or rough skin caused by the sun: apply to the affected area(s) of the skin once a day, at bedtime for adults up to 50 years of age;
  • For fine wrinkles, dark spots, or rough skin caused by the sun: for adults 50 years of age and older. Use and dose must be determined by your doctor.

What is the dose of retinyl palmitate 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 retinyl palmitate available?

Retinyl palmitate is available in the following dosage forms and strengths:

  • Cream: 200000 UI/50 g.

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

In case of an emergency or an overdose, call your local emergency services (115) or go to your nearest emergency room.

What should I do if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose of retinyl palmitate, 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 4, 2017 | Last Modified: January 4, 2017

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