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Stieva-A Cream is a prescription medication used to treat acne and other skin conditions as determined by a doctor. It can be indicated for the treatment of acne vulgaris, primarily where comedones, papules and pustules predominate. However, it is not effective in most cases of severe pustular and deep cystic nodular varieties of acne conglobate.
Stieva-A Cream contains the active ingredient Tretinoin, a form of vitamin A. It works by causing the skin's outer layer to grow more quickly and be replaced with new skin cells, which helps to keep skin pores clear. It is available in different strengths, including 0.01%, 0.025%, and 0.05% tretinoin, and should only be used under the guidance of a doctor or dermatologist.
Use and Dosage
Apply a small amount of Stieva-A Cream on your fingertip and spread it on the skin where acne lesions appear. Use only enough medication to cover the affected areas lightly. Avoid rubbing the medication into the skin. Here are the steps for how to use Stieva-A Cream:
- Wash your face with a mild soap or cleanser, then pat it dry with a towel.
- Wait for your skin to completely dry (usually 15-20 minutes) before applying Stieva-A Cream.
- Apply a small amount of cream to the affected areas of the skin, usually once daily at bedtime or as directed by your doctor.
- Rub the cream in gently and evenly over the skin.
- Wash your hands immediately after using Stieva-A Cream.
- Avoid applying the cream around the eyes, mouth, or other mucous membranes.
Do not use Stieva-A Cream more frequently than directed or for a longer period than recommended by your doctor. It should only be used externally, and not applied to areas of broken skin, lips, eyes, nose, mouth, and other mucous membranes. Tretinoin should not be applied to areas of the skin where you have other problems such as eczema, severely inflamed skin, or open skin lesions.
Apply Stieva-A Cream exactly as prescribed by your doctor. If you miss a dose, skip the missed dose, and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not apply a double dose to make up for a missed one. If you are not sure what to do after missing a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.
Common Side Effects of Stieva A Cream (Tretinoin):
- Burning, stinging, warmth, or tingling sensation of the skin lasting for a brief time after applying
- Chapping or slight peeling of the skin
- Eye irritation
- Increased sensitivity to sunlight
- Redness of the skin
- Skin rash
- Temporary darkening or lightening of the skin
- Unusual dryness of the skin
Serious Side Effects of Stieva A Cream (Tretinoin):
- Darkening of fair skin
- Excessively red, swollen, blistered, or crusted skin
- Lightening of dark skin
- Pain, burning sensation, tenderness, severe irritation, or itchy skin
- Rash at the site of application
- Sensitivity to sunlight
- Signs of a serious allergic reaction such as abdominal cramps, difficulty breathing, nausea and vomiting, or swelling of the face and throat
- Skin thinning
- Swelling at the site of application
Forms and Strength
Stieva A Cream (Tretinoin) is available in the following forms and strength:
Stieva A Cream: Cream
- Extreme sensitivity to sunlight: The use of Stieva-A Cream can make your skin extra sensitive to sunlight, which can result in severe sunburn, skin peeling or even skin damage. You should, therefore, avoid or limit your exposure to sunlight or tanning beds, and use protective clothing or sunscreen to protect your skin.
- Skin irritation: Some people may experience skin irritation, redness, itching or dryness while using Stieva-A Cream. If you experience any of these symptoms, you may need to use the cream less often or use a lower concentration, or your doctor may recommend an alternative treatment.
- Not to be used during pregnancy or breastfeeding: Stieva-A Cream can harm an unborn baby or get into breast milk and harm a nursing baby. Therefore, it is essential to avoid using this medication while pregnant or breastfeeding unless otherwise directed by your healthcare provider.
- Avoid using in combination with certain medications: Stieva-A Cream can interact with some medications and may cause adverse effects. Therefore, inform your doctor of any other medications you are currently taking or have recently used before using this cream.
- Avoid using on sensitive areas: Stieva-A Cream may cause skin irritation or burning sensation if applied to sensitive areas such as eyes, nose, mouth, or lips. Therefore, avoid contact with these areas while using the medication.
- Use with caution in patients with sensitive skin: Patients with sensitive skin may be more prone to experiencing skin irritation or allergic reactions while using Stieva-A Cream. Therefore, start with a small amount of the cream or a lower concentration, and gradually increase the amount and concentration as tolerated.
- Avoid using alongside certain cosmetic products: Some cosmetic products such as soaps, toners or astringents may cause skin irritation or dryness when used with Stieva-A Cream. Therefore, avoid using these products or consult with your healthcare provider before using them.
- Risk of adverse effects in older adults: older adults may be more prone to experiencing skin irritation, burning, or itching while using Stieva-A Cream. Therefore, monitor for any adverse effects and use the medication with caution.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Can Stieva-A Cream be used for anti-aging purposes?
Yes, Stieva-A Cream can be used for anti-aging purposes as it helps in reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
How should Stieva-A Cream be stored?
Stieva-A Cream should be stored at room temperature away from direct light and heat.
Can Stieva-A Cream be used on all skin types?
Stieva-A Cream may not be suitable for all skin types, especially those with extremely sensitive or dry skin. Consult with a healthcare provider before starting to use the medication.
It's important to purchase Stieva A Cream from verified Canadian pharmacy.