Isotretinoin is used to treat severe acne that has not responded to other acne medications. It reduces the amount of oil produced by the glands in the skin and clears inflammation.
This medication may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.
In some people, the acne may seem to get worse during the first few weeks before improving.
Certain side effects of this medication may happen and may even disappear during treatment. If any of the following effects persist or are severe, consult your doctor. These side effects include:
Most of these side effects will get better or go away as your body gets used to the medication. Inform your doctor if the side effects above become severe and bothersome.
Very rarely, this medication may cause:
Inform your healthcare professional if:
For female patients:
Isotretinoin is available in the form of capsules. Take this medication as directed by your doctor. Swallow the capsules whole with a glass of water. Do not chew or crush the capsule. Take this medication with or after food.
If you forget to take a dose, take it as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose. Then take your next dose at the usual time. Do not take two doses to make up for the missed dose.
Pack this medication into a black trash bag and seal it tightly before throwing into the rubbish chute or bin.