The difference between retinol and Retin-A is that Retin-A comes in prescription form and is stronger than retinol, according to WebMD. Retin-A is considered a retinoid while retinol is not.Know More
Both retinol and Retin-A are used to promote faster skin cell turnover on the face leading to better facial skin. They are both made from vitamin A and are used to treat skin issues. However, retinoids come in prescription form as well as over-the-counter products. Retinoids in prescription form are Tretinoin (includes the brands Atralin, Retin-A, Retin-A Micro and Renova), Tazarotene (includes the brand Tazorac) and Adapalene (includes the brand Differin).
The three prescription forms found in the retinoid category prevent dead cell buildup and help to keep facial pores open and cleansed. They also promote healthy cellular growth. Retinoid products do have common side effects that include redness, irritation, dryness and skin peeling. They can also make the skin more sensitive to the sun and should not be worn before going out in the sun for a long period of time.
Retinol is a weaker product though it is touted as doing the same things as retinoid products such as Retin-A. If a person is interested in purchasing a retinol (since they can be purchased over-the-counter), they should make sure that vitamin A is listed as one of the top five ingredients on the product, otherwise the product may not be effective.Learn more in Medications & Vitamins
Soma and Robaxin differ in their chemical makeup and generic names. Soma is the brand name for carisoprodol, and Robaxin is the generic name for methocarbamol. Both drugs are muscle relaxants that work by blocking pain receptors in the brain. Soma may be habit-forming, according to Drugs.com.Full Answer >
When comparing Maalox regular strength liquid to Mylanta regular strength liquid, the only difference is the name brand. Both are considered an antacid and anti-gas medication and both contain the active ingredients of simethicone, magnesium hydroxide and aluminum hydroxide. Because they contain the same active ingredients, Maalox and Mylanta should not be taken at the same time.Full Answer >
According to Psychology Today, the only distinction between Ativan and Valium is that Valium is longer acting than Ativan. Ativan is a brand name of lorazepam, while Valium is a brand name of diazepam. Both drugs are in the benzodiazepine class of medications.Full Answer >
According to Drugs.com, both Neosporin and Polysporin contain bacitracin and polymyxin as active ingredients; however, Neosporin also contains a third active ingredient called neomycin. Another brand name for Neosporin is Lanabiotic. Duospore is another brand name version of Polysporin.Full Answer >