Isotretinoin may be prescribed to treat severe nodular acne that has not responded well to other acne treatments. This medication comes in capsule form and is typically taken twice a day. In many cases, only one 15- to 20-week course of isotretinoin is necessary to effectively treat acne. Before beginning treatment, tell your healthcare provider about any other medications you are taking, including vitamins and supplements.
What Is Isotretinoin?Isotretinoin (Accutane®, Absorica™, Amnesteem™, Claravis™, Sotret®) is a prescription medication approved to treat severe nodular acne that has not responded to other treatments. It can be effective, with long-lasting effects after a single 15- or 20-week course. However, this acne medication is extremely dangerous for pregnant women, and there are strict rules and regulations for prescribing and dispensing it.
Side Effects of IsotretinoinAs with any medicine, side effects are possible with isotretinoin. However, not everyone who takes the drug will experience side effects. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well. However, serious side effects are also possible.
Some of the possible side effects include but are not limited to:
- High triglycerides
- Hearing problems
- Psychiatric problems, such as depression or suicidal thoughts
- Dry eyes, lips, nose, and skin.
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