Absorica is part of the Retinoids class and treats Acne. Retinoids are a form of vitamin A that are used to treat acne, skin discoloration, facial wrinkles, Kaposi's sarcoma, psoriasis, and non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. They work by helping the skin heal and develop normally. Absorica is only available as a brand name drug.

Side effects of Absorica

Along with its needed effects, a medicine may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.

Check with your doctor immediately if any of the following side effects occur:

More common

Bone or joint pain

burning, redness, itching, or other signs of eye inflammation

difficulty moving


scaling, redness, burning, pain, or other signs of inflammation of the lips

skin infection or rash


Abdominal or stomach pain (severe)

attempts at suicide or thoughts of suicide (usually stops after medicine is stopped)

back pain

bleeding or inflammation of the gums

blurred vision or other changes in vision

changes in behavior

decreased vision after sunset or before sunrise (sudden or may continue after medicine is stopped)

diarrhea (severe)

headache (severe or continuing)

mental depression

nausea and vomiting

pain or tenderness of the eyes

pain, tenderness, or stiffness in the muscles (long-term treatment)

rectal bleeding

yellow eyes or skin

Incidence not known

Black, tarry stools


bloody cough

bloody or cloudy urine

bone pain, tenderness, or aching

burning or stinging of the skin

chest pain




cough or hoarseness

dark-colored urine

decrease in height

difficulty breathing

difficulty speaking

difficulty swallowing

discharge from the eyes


double vision

ear pain

excessive tearing


fast, irregular, pounding, or racing heartbeat or pulse

fever with or without chills

fractures and/or delayed healing


high blood pressure


inability to move the arms, legs, or facial muscles

inability to speak


inflamed tissue from infection

irregular yellow patch or lump on the skin


joint pain, redness, stiffness, or swelling

lack or slowing of normal growth in children

loosening of the fingernails

loss of appetite

loss of bladder control

loss or change in hearing

muscle cramps, spasms, or weakness

pain in the ribs, arms, or legs

pain or burning in the throat

pain or tenderness around the eyes and cheekbones

painful cold sores or blisters on the lips, nose, eyes, or genitals

painful or difficult urination

pains in the chest, groin, or legs, especially calves of the legs

pains in the stomach, side, or abdomen, possibly radiating to the back

pale skin

pinpoint red spots on the skin

redness or soreness around the fingernails

redness, soreness, or itching skin

sensitivity of the eyes to sunlight

shortness of breath

skin rash


sores, ulcers, or white spots on the lips or tongue or inside the mouth

stuffy or runny nose

sudden loss of consciousness

sudden loss of coordination

sudden onset of severe acne on chest and trunk

sudden onset of slurred speech

swelling of the eyelids, face, lips, hands, lower legs, or feet

swollen, painful or tender lymph glands in the neck, armpit, or groin

tightness in the chest

unusual bleeding or bruising

unusual weight gain or loss

use of extreme physical or emotional force

watery or bloody diarrhea


Some side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects. Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:

More common

Crusting of the skin

difficulty in wearing contact lenses (may continue after medicine is stopped)

dryness of the eyes (may continue after treatment is stopped)

dryness of the mouth or nose

dryness or itching of the skin

headache (mild)

increased sensitivity of the skin to sunlight

peeling of the skin on palms of the hands or soles of the feet

stomach upset

thinning of the hair (may continue after treatment is stopped)

Incidence not known

Abnormal menstruation

burning, crawling, itching, numbness, prickling, “pins and needles”, or tingling feeling

changes in fingernails or toenails

continuing ringing or buzzing, or other unexplained noise in the ears


darkening of the skin


hair abnormalities

hair loss

increased hair growth, especially on the face

lightening of normal skin color

lightening of treated areas of dark skin


oily skin

redness of the face

severe sunburn

skin rash, encrusted, scaly and oozing

stomach burning


trouble sleeping

unable to sleep

unusual drowsiness, dullness, tiredness, weakness, or feeling of sluggishness

unusually warm skin of the face

voice changes

Other side effects not listed may also occur in some patients. If you notice any other effects, check with your healthcare professional.

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

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