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Offline Larazelle  
#1 Posted : Sunday, October 1, 2017 10:21:06 PM(UTC)
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So I have been watching Utube videos on women who are in their sixties and look amazing because they say they used Retin A for 20+ years. I am thinking of restarting my Retin A regimen - back when I was in my 20s my insurance paid for it - then when I couldn't get it on prescription I could still buy it as it was affordable-- now Brandname Retin A is more than $400 for a 45gm tube - generic about half of that - however I am wondering if there is MUCH of a difference between the two - does everyone here use the generic? What about getting it online from places like Inhouse pharmacy? anyone bought it from there - and did it work well?
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Offline lucillenyc  
#2 Posted : Sunday, October 1, 2017 11:53:36 PM(UTC)
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I get my brand name Retin-A from Mexico (manufactured in Germany) for about $25 for a 40 g tube. I used to order from Medsmex, though now I'm in Mexico often enough that I just pick it up there.

Originally Posted by: Larazelle Go to Quoted Post
So I have been watching Utube videos on women who are in their sixties and look amazing because they say they used Retin A for 20+ years. I am thinking of restarting my Retin A regimen - back when I was in my 20s my insurance paid for it - then when I couldn't get it on prescription I could still buy it as it was affordable-- now Brandname Retin A is more than $400 for a 45gm tube - generic about half of that - however I am wondering if there is MUCH of a difference between the two - does everyone here use the generic? What about getting it online from places like Inhouse pharmacy? anyone bought it from there - and did it work well?


Offline Larazelle  
#3 Posted : Tuesday, October 3, 2017 12:04:46 AM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: lucillenyc Go to Quoted Post
I get my brand name Retin-A from Mexico (manufactured in Germany) for about $25 for a 40 g tube. I used to order from Medsmex, though now I'm in Mexico often enough that I just pick it up there.



I just went onto Medsmex and found a .1 RetinA cream for $55.00 - however shipping was $24.00 - yikes - I guess its still better than paying $300+ for it here in the US. Generic would be less though - have you ever used the generic version?
Offline lucillenyc  
#4 Posted : Tuesday, October 3, 2017 10:30:56 AM(UTC)
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Yeah, that's the price I pay in Mexico. The markup will be higher on the websites. I've never used a generic version, but since the active ingredient is the same, it should be fine.

Btw, if you are just starting Retin-A again, I think .1 will be too strong and could cause irritation. I use .05 and it's plenty effective. Less expensive, too.

Originally Posted by: Larazelle Go to Quoted Post
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I just went onto Medsmex and found a .1 RetinA cream for $55.00 - however shipping was $24.00 - yikes - I guess its still better than paying $300+ for it here in the US. Generic would be less though - have you ever used the generic version?


Offline Annaport  
#5 Posted : Wednesday, October 4, 2017 9:43:20 PM(UTC)
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I REALLY love Tazorac and am using that again and believe it far superior to retin A whether generic or brand name.
Without the manufacturers coupon (Allergan) and the prior authorization a 60 gram tube WOULD HAVE BEEN almost 800!!!

With the coupon and insurance approval it was 65 dollars for the 60 gram tube. I am using it one my crepey arms and legs and already notice a difference. Wish I had been using it more regularly but had stopped due to all my other life focuses like both my parents dying in a year's time.

Sigh..
Offline Larazelle  
#6 Posted : Wednesday, October 4, 2017 11:08:34 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Annaport Go to Quoted Post
I REALLY love Tazorac and am using that again and believe it far superior to retin A whether generic or brand name.
Without the manufacturers coupon (Allergan) and the prior authorization a 60 gram tube WOULD HAVE BEEN almost 800!!!

With the coupon and insurance approval it was 65 dollars for the 60 gram tube.
I am using it one my crepey arms and legs and already notice a difference. Wish I had been using it more regularly but had stopped due to all my other life focuses like both my parents dying in a year's time.

Sigh..


I used to use Tazaroc - but it made my face very red - I think it might be better for the body - can you explain the part I have bolded? where do you get the coupon? and I guess your MD has to authorize it because its not given to everyone?

Sorry to hear about your parents. I hope you have other family to support you.

Take care of yourself.
Offline Annaport  
#7 Posted : Saturday, October 7, 2017 11:31:33 AM(UTC)
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I find that I have to play around with administering or applying things like Tazorac or I too will have major redness. It's finding the sweet spot that's the trick. Do you need to wait longer after washing face to apply? Use a cream barrier before application? Should you lessen application frequency ? There are entire forum threads dedicated to feedback on this very topic.

The manufacturer gives you a special "coupon" with a bin and group code that you have to call Allergen to get. If you don't have it insurance will not cover the full amount. I was quoted 870 dollars without prior authorization and this coupon. With it my co-pay was 35 dollars for a 60 gram tube.

I've already noticed a significant difference on my arm and leg skin after only a month. I also do dry brushing on my skin.

You cannot use this stuff continuously as it can build up in your liver.

Thanks for the kind words and no I have no family other than a teen son and you know that 17 year olds are not exactly itching to hang out with mom.

I'll be ok. It's just been a rough patch and truly I have not put the focus on things regarding my appearance so much in the past year and a half. Finally coming up I'm for air.

Hope that helps.

Offline ITALIA  
#8 Posted : Saturday, October 7, 2017 4:39:59 PM(UTC)
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Have you ever had the waxy skin look from retin A usage? Is it something that passes or red flag to stop altogether.
Offline Greg  
#9 Posted : Sunday, October 8, 2017 6:27:34 AM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Annaport Go to Quoted Post

I was quoted 870 dollars without prior authorization and this coupon. With it my co-pay was 35 dollars for a 60 gram tube.



These high prices for prescription medications in the US illustrate the frustrating state of American health care. I am American but now live in London...I use a medication for eczema called Elidel which cost me over $700 per tube in the US, but cost me only $30 in the UK (brand, not generic). That is not through the NHS and not with insurance--it's simply the retail price for anyone. Similarly I use a anti-inflammatory skin medication called Soolantra--in the US a tube was $360--In the UK it costs me $12--no insurance and no NHS.
Offline Larazelle  
#10 Posted : Sunday, October 8, 2017 9:04:44 AM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Greg Go to Quoted Post
These high prices for prescription medications in the US illustrate the frustrating state of American health care. I am American but now live in London...I use a medication for eczema called Elidel which cost me over $700 per tube in the US, but cost me only $30 in the UK (brand, not generic). That is not through the NHS and not with insurance--it's simply the retail price for anyone. Similarly I use a anti-inflammatory skin medication called Soolantra--in the US a tube was $360--In the UK it costs me $12--no insurance and no NHS.


What is the price of Retin A and Azelex in London?

Offline Hydroxyboy  
#11 Posted : Wednesday, October 11, 2017 12:40:09 PM(UTC)
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In Holland it is regulated by the government how much they can charge for some medications. Unbranded retina A (tretinoine) costs a few euro for a tube.
Offline Annaport  
#12 Posted : Friday, October 13, 2017 5:04:31 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: ITALIA Go to Quoted Post
Have you ever had the waxy skin look from retin A usage? Is it something that passes or red flag to stop altogether.


NO. I have not. I am sure I have seen in it in others but I have not had it.
Offline JonathanA  
#13 Posted : Friday, October 27, 2017 10:41:33 AM(UTC)
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My dermatologist recommended brand name Retin A over generic. I certainly noticed a difference once I switched over -- much less dryness and irritation even at higher concentrations.

Hope that helps!

-Jon
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