- Absorica®, Accutane®, Amnesteem®, Claravis®, Myorisan®, Sotret®, ZenataneTM
What is it?
- Isotretinoin is a prescription medicine for severe acne.
Does it work?
- YES. It works very well. 80% of treated patients never experience acne again.
- Attacks all 4 causes of acne: oil production, clogged pores, bacteria, and inflammation.
- 80% of patients see permanently clear skin after one course of treatment with isotretinoin. One course of treatment takes approximately 5 months. Some patients may require a second course.
Acne Before and After Treatment:
Things to do during treatment with isotretinoin:
- Enroll in iPLEDGETM (a program from FDA).
- Sign forms that state you know the risks of taking isotretinoin
- Do not share you pills with anyone else
- For female patients:
- Use two forms of birth control
- Take a required pregnancy test before and while taking isotretinoin
- Avoid getting pregnant
- Do not wax to remove hair (threading and plucking is ok)
- Protect your skin from the sun (wear sunscreen, UVA/UVB SPF 30 or greater) and do not use a tanning bed, sun lamp or any other indoor tanning device
- Do not donate blood while taking isotretinoin and for 30 days after you take your last pill
- See your dermatologist every month for follow-up visits.
How do I use isotetinoin?
- Medicine comes in a pill form. You may take one or two pills a day, as your dermatologist prescribes.
- Take isotretinoin with food. It works better if you take it with fatty food.
- Dry skin, dry eyes, chapped lips, dry nose.
- If you get pregnancy while on isotretinoin the baby could be born with: severe birth defects
- Joint aches
- Elevation of triglycerides
- Very rare chance of depression (however studies show that it is more likely for your mood to improve while on isotretinoin)
- Uncertain if certain conditions such as Crohn’s Disease or Ulcerative Colitis are related to for more details about isotretinoin
Learn more at the American Academy of Dermatology:
AAD Isotretinoin: Treatment for severe acne.