A 20-year-old male asked:
Disclaimer

what is the difference between tretinoin and isotretinoin. is retin a micro gel similar to isotrex topical gel, are they basically the same product?

2 doctor answers
Dr. James Chappell
28 years experience Plastic Surgery
Both are Vitamin A's: One is a cream/gel the other one is a pill. Accutane and Retin-A are both forms of vitamin a, just in different forms. Retin-a or tretinoin (generic name) is a cream/gel is applied to the face and it works from the outside in. Accutane (isotretinoin) is a high dose of vitamin a just like Retin-A is, but instead it is in a oral medication that works from the inside out.
Answered on Jul 1, 2014
Dr. Thomas Fiala
32 years experience Plastic Surgery
Isotrex: And Retin-A are the same product, just different manufacturers. Isotretinoin, ("accutane") is a pill, not a cream - quite different.
Answered on Jul 1, 2014

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Personalized answers
Free
Talk to a doctor
Unlimited visits
$10/month

Related questions:

A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Oscar Novick
57 years experience Pediatrics
Acne: Apparently your doctor thought that your acne is more severe than you .Both drugs are retinoids but isotrex is a bit stronger.
A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Pierrette Mimi Poinsett
37 years experience Pediatrics
Similar meds: Both have the same active ingredient tretinoin (or retin a). The supatret preparation uses cross polymer microsphere to deliver the medicine. The ge ... Read More
1
1 thank
A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Katherine Mcgraw
19 years experience Pediatrics
Dermatologist: Talk to your dermatologist regarding the best option for you.
1
1 thank
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ralph Rosato
35 years experience Plastic Surgery
Not recommended: It is not recommended to use retin a (tretinoin) while breast feeding.

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Personalized answers
Free
Talk to a doctor
Unlimited visits
$10/month