Can I take retin-a while breastfeeding?

Retin-A. Safety unknown with lactation: inadequate literature available to assess risk; caution advised.
No. Although topical preparations of this medication are unlikely to be absorbed and pass to baby, the oral forms pass easily in breast milk. It is avoided during pregnancy due to an associated pattern of birth defects, and data suggest toxic effects on infants.
No. Vitamin a is toxic to the liver and is fat soluble vitamin so it can be passed to the baby through the milk. Why take a chance?
No. As of now there is no good data assessing the safety of taking Retin-A while breastfeeding. I could not recommend starting or continuing this medication while breastfeeding.

Related Questions

How long does it take for retin-a to begin working?

Most people... ...Notice superficial redness and peeling almost immediately - often after the very first application. Deeper effects, such as stimulation of new collagen formation, takes longer - weeks to months - because collagen regenerates so slowly. The more potent formulations work more quickly than milder ones -- but they also cause more irritation of the skin. Read more...

Is it safe to take retin-a while pregnant?

NO. Retin a (tretinoin) is a drug for the treatment of acne and is not safe to take during pregnancy as it is known to cause defects in the developing fetus. Dermatologists recommend the use of two forms of contraception while taking retina. If a pregnancy is suspected or occurs while taking this drug. Your ob/gyn should be contacted immediately. Read more...
No. The fda labeling does not consider retina or other retinoids safe in pregnancy. You can use over the counter benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid preparations. Prescription benzoyl peroxide or Erythromycin is safe, because Erythromycin is safe orally. Some women acne will i prove in pregnancy. Machines such as claro are also safe in pregnancy- heat only. Read more...
Retin-A. No! Retin-A is a category c medication. This means animal studies show adverse fetal effects but no controlled human studies or no animal or human studies. Do not use Retin-A while pregnant. Read more...

Dermatologist #: what is there (as an rx)besides retin-a that could be used as a daily cream that would take care of more than just very fine lines?

Fruit acids. There are variety of mild Alpha and beta hydroxy acid peels that may provide some relief and act in combination with retin-a, exfoliation, botulinum toxin and fillers, as well as avoidance of sun exposure and tobacco use to provide improvements in skin wrinkling. Read more...

How long would retin a (tretinoin) take to clear acne?

Acne. Most acne treatments, including retin a, (tretinoin) take a minimum of 2 weeks to start working and more likely 6-8 for better effect. Most studies looking at effectiveness of acne medicines look at the skin after 12 weeks. Unfortunately not overnight like most teens would like. Read more...

Burned skin from Retin A, (tretinoin) will it peel? How long will it take to heal completely? Could Betnovate ointment help in healing?

Burned skin Retin A (tretinoin) The concentration of 0.1% retin-A (I was on 0.05% before) is high. The 0.1% is irritating, May induce a red rash (hundreds of tiny little bumps), thick dark scabs, and hyperpigmentation underneath the scabs (looks similar to lentigines). I think the dark scabs are chemical burns? They're around my eyes and mouth. Stop for now the retin-A for now, go back to the 0.05%? If you are having this kind of result, yes, stop the product! Make an appointment with your prescribing physician to evaluate your reaction and determine what should be done. But yes, STOP using it and don't use anything else before you see your doctor. Read more...

How long does it take retin-a micro to clear acne scars?

See below. Retin-a mirco does not treat acne scarring. It can help prevent new acne scars by preventing serious breakout as part of an acne treatment regimen. Some patients (especially those with darker skin tones) can develop dark spots from acne lesions. These are not actually scars and Retin-A can help improve them over the course of many months. Read more...