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Why is tretinoin so pricey & is there a less expensive alternative for mild wrinkles on face?

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Dr. Joseph Bark answered

Specializes in Dermatology

Cost of drugs: Lately we have noticed drugstores popping up on every corner in our town. I think that tells you where the money is in medicine. I don't know how to get around this except by getting a good drug insurance policy, and sometimes, although less commonly than in the past, your doctor may have some samples he can give you.

Answered 7/10/2018

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Dr. Yuly Gorodisky answered

Specializes in Surgery - Plastics

It's a prescription: The reason tretinoin is pricey is that it is a prescription and it is very effective. There is a non-prescription alternative compound called retinol. It is not as strong or effective, but still works and may be found in over-the-counter face creams.

Answered 9/14/2017

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