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Avita is a topical gel medication that is used to treat acne. It works to prevent acne in two ways: first, by healing existing blemishes and, second, by encouraging the development of healthier skin cells. It also encourages faster cell turnover to produce healthier skin. Avita is available in different doses and as a gel, cream, or lotion. It is a Vitamin A-derived medication, also referred to as a Retinoid.
When first using Avita, it may seem like your acne is getting worse. This is normal, as the product works deep in the skin and encourages the development of new skin cells. Eventually, your skin will appear clearer. Avita may also smooth rough patches of skin, making it a good anti-aging treatment.
Our team at Nurx cannot prescribe and deliver Avita, but can offer the generic equivalent Tretinoin Cream for as low as $0 with insurance or as little as $30 without insurance. To learn more about getting acne treatment from Nurx, click here.
- How Is Avita Used?
Avita is applied daily, usually right before bedtime. Before applying Avita, thoroughly wash your hands and face. Wait a minimum of 30 minutes and then apply a small amount of the medication to the affected areas of the face. If you prefer, you may use a gauze pad or Q-tip to apply the gel. Be sure to wash your hands after applying.
For the best results, apply the medication at the same time every day. Avoid using too much of the product at once. This does not clear up acne any faster and may lead to increased irritation of the skin. Always follow your doctor's dosage instructions for the best results. It may take a few months before you notice a visible improvement to your skin.
- Is Avita Easy to Get?
Avita is a popular topical cream for treating acne. With ample benefits and minimal side effects, it is relatively easy to get. It is available at most pharmacies and may be prescribed under generic names, like Tretinoin cream. Other drugs you may have heard of that also include Tretinoin are Atralin, Retin-A, Renova, and Retin-A Micro.
Although use of these creams is safe and common, Retinoid creams do require a prescription. This ensures that you are able to benefit from the acne-reducing properties of Avita in a safe manner, under the review of a healthcare provider.
- What Precautions Should I Take Before Starting Avita?
Always let your doctor know if you have ever had an allergic reaction to Avita or any other medication, especially a Vitamin A cream. Be careful when applying Avita to avoid getting it into your eyes, ears, nose, or mouth. You should not use Avita on skin with eczema or if you have a sunburn. Also, avoid applying it to any areas of the skin with cuts or scrapes.
You may experience a warm sensation or tingling when first applying Avita to your face. However, this feeling should go away as your body gets used to the ingredients. Dry skin is also possible, which can often be treated with a non-medicated moisturizer. You may also notice that your acne gets worse for a few weeks. This is normal and expected while the product works.
- Are There Any Known Side Effects?
Most people tolerate Retinoid creams well, including Avita. However, if your skin blisters, peels, or becomes swollen, stop using the product and notify your provider immediately. They may need to adjust your prescription or change it altogether.
Allergic reactions are not common when Avita or other Retinoids, but if they do occur, you may notice symptoms like a rash, swelling, loss of balance, or trouble breathing. Discussing your medical history and allergies with a medical provider is the best way to avoid these dangerous side effects. People who are allergic to Avita or Vitamin A should avoid using this medication. This product also has inactive fish ingredients, which may be dangerous if you have a fish allergy.
Retinoid medications can also increase your sensitivity to sunlight. When actively using Avita, it is important to protect your skin with a high-SPF lotion. Some people may also notice an increased sensitivity to cold weather. The use of Avita is not recommended if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
- Can I Take Avita With Other Medications?
Avita is typically safe to take when using other medications. However, to be safe, always notify your healthcare provider of all prescriptions, supplements, and over-the-counter medications that you are currently taking. Avita may also interact with some household products, like products containing sulfur and resorcinol. Some hair coloring products, face washes, hydroxy acid washes, and shaving lotions can also reduce the effectiveness of Avita. Some abrasive household products can also further dry out the skin when using Retinoid products.
Because Avita increases your sensitivity to sunlight, it is recommended that you avoid taking Avita with other medications that do the same.
- How Do I Get a Prescription for Avita Through Nurx?
Nurx does not currently offer Avita, but we can prescribe the generic equivalent, Tretinoin cream. Just answer a few questions and after reviewing your health history a medical provider will prescribe Tretinoin cream, if applicable.
Nurx also works with and accepts most insurance types. If you don't have insurance, we still have you covered with convenient and affordable prescriptions.
- Can I Buy Avita Online Through Nurx?
Avita is not currently available through Nurx. However, you can get the generic version, Tretinoin cream. Tretinoin cream treats acne in the same way while offering the benefits of reduced fine lines and wrinkles.
- How Long Does It Take to Receive Avita?
When you work with Nurx, you don't have to wait long for your prescription. Once a medical provider writes a prescription, we ship your medication within 72 hours. Because we use 1-3 day USPS Priority Shipping, you can expect your medications in no time.
Additionally, because you don't have to drive to your healthcare provider's office or the pharmacy, the whole process is more convenient for you.
- Is There a Generic Version of Avita?
Generics often provide the same health benefits at a more affordable price. Tretinoin cream is a generic version of Avita that is available through Nurx.
- Is Avita a Retinoid?
Avita is included in a class of acne-treating topical medications that are made with Vitamin A products. Also known as Retinoids, these medications work to unclog pores by removing dead cells and encourage new skin growth. While many over-the-counter acne products do contain some form of Retinol, they are not as effective at treating moderate to severe acne. Prescription-strength Retinoids are often needed to treat certain types of acne.
- Does Avita Get Rid of Acne?
Avita is an effective product at both getting rid of, and preventing new acne. While many people do report a worsening of their symptoms initially, most people notice an improvement within a few weeks. Because Avita works on the deeper layers of the skin, it typically takes longer to notice improvement. Most people also report an improvement in fine lines, wrinkles, and dark spots due to acne.
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