A study for a 20 year old woman who takes Retin-A - from FDA reports


546 females aged 20 (±5) who take the same drug are studied. This is a personalized study for a 20 year old female patient who has Acne. The study is created by eHealthMe based on reports from FDA.

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On Nov, 14, 2018

546 females aged 20 (±5) who take Retin-A are studied.


Number of reports submitted per year:

Retin-A for a 20-year old woman.

Information of the patient in this study:

  • Age: 20
  • Gender: female
  • Conditions: Acne
  • Drugs taken:
    • Retin-A (tretinoin)

eHealthMe real world results:

Most common side effects over time

< 1 month:
  1. Retinoic acid syndrome (complication of blood cancer treatment with tretinoin)
  2. Low tissue oxygen
  3. Abortion spontaneous (naturally occurring miscarriage)
  4. Nausea (feeling of having an urge to vomit)
  5. Application site pruritus (application site severe itching of the skin)
  6. Fever
  7. Hypercalcaemia (elevated calcium (ca+) level in the blood)
  8. White blood cell count increased
  9. Pneumonia
  10. Itching
1 - 6 months:
  1. Acute promyelocytic leukaemia differentiation syndrome
  2. Haemorrhage intracranial (bleeding within the skull)
  3. Lip dry
  4. Cheilitis (infection of lips)
  5. Sepsis (a severe blood infection that can lead to organ failure and death)
  6. Rectal haemorrhage (bleeding from anus)
  7. Febrile neutropenia (fever with reduced white blood cells)
  8. Focal nodular hyperplasia (tumour of the liver)
  9. Ejection fraction decreased (systolic heart failure)
  10. Abdominal discomfort
6 - 12 months:
  1. Therapeutic response unexpected
  2. Death
  3. Pulmonary embolism (blockage of the main artery of the lung)
  4. Pre-existing condition improved
1 - 2 years:
  1. Chest pain
  2. Weight decreased
  3. Difficulty in walking
  4. Hypoaesthesia (reduced sense of touch or sensation)
  5. Loss of consciousness
  6. Pseudotumor cerebri (increased pressure within the brain in the absence of a tumour)
  7. Mitral valve incompetence (inefficient heart valve)
  8. Fall
  9. Anorexia (eating disorder characterized by immoderate food restriction and irrational fear of gaining weight)
  10. Optic nerve disorder (disease of optic nerve)
2 - 5 years:
  1. Deep venous thrombosis (blood clot in a major vein that usually develops in the legs and/or pelvis)
  2. Breathing difficulty
  3. Pulmonary embolism (blockage of the main artery of the lung)
  4. General physical health deterioration (weak health status)
  5. Emotional distress
  6. Chest pain
  7. Stress and anxiety
  8. Injury
  9. Oedema peripheral (superficial swelling)
  10. Pain
5 - 10 years:
n/a
10+ years:
  1. Victim of abuse
  2. Borderline personality disorder
  3. Fatigue (feeling of tiredness)
  4. Suicidal ideation
  5. Major depression (a mood state that goes well beyond temporarily feeling sad or blue. it is a serious medical illness that affects one's thoughts, feelings)
  6. Feeling abnormal
  7. Generalized anxiety disorder (excessive, uncontrollable, unexplained and often irrational worry)
  8. Pain
  9. Sleep attacks
not specified:
  1. Inflammatory bowel disease
  2. Ulcerative colitis (inflammatory bowel disease (ibd). it causes swelling, ulcerations, and loss of function of the large intestine)
  3. Depression
  4. Stress and anxiety
  5. Crohn's disease (condition that causes inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract)
  6. Colitis (inflammation of colon)
  7. Pain
  8. Dry skin
  9. Anaemia (lack of blood)
  10. Nausea (feeling of having an urge to vomit)

Top conditions involved for these people *:

  1. Acute Promyelocytic Leukaemia (cancer of the blood and bone marrow): 53 people, 9.71%
  2. Birth Control : 47 people, 8.61%
  3. Narcolepsy (brain's inability to regulate sleep-wake cycles normally): 18 people, 3.30%
  4. Premenstrual Syndrome : 12 people, 2.20%
  5. Asthma : 11 people, 2.01%
  6. Acute Myeloid Leukaemia (acute cancer in which the bone marrow makes abnormal myeloblasts): 10 people, 1.83%
  7. Cataplexy (loss of muscle tone accompanied by full conscious awareness): 9 people, 1.65%
  8. Pain : 8 people, 1.47%
  9. Preventive Health Care : 8 people, 1.47%
  10. Autoimmune Hepatitis : 7 people, 1.28%

Top co-used drugs for these people *:

  1. Accutane (90 people, 16.48%)
  2. Yasmin (74 people, 13.55%)
  3. Yaz (60 people, 10.99%)
  4. Benzamycin (40 people, 7.33%)
  5. Minocin (38 people, 6.96%)
  6. Ibuprofen (37 people, 6.78%)
  7. Doxycycline (28 people, 5.13%)
  8. Differin (24 people, 4.40%)
  9. Cleocin T (23 people, 4.21%)
  10. Xyrem (19 people, 3.48%)

* Some reports may have incomplete information.

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