When other treatments have failed to control severe cystic acne, also known as nodular acne, this drug is utilized (such as benzoyl peroxide or clindamycin applied to the skin or tetracycline or minocycline taken by mouth). It is a member of the retinoids medication class. It works by lowering facial oil (sebum) production. Sebum production in excess can cause severe acne. Severe acne may leave lasting scars if untreated.
Before beginning the use of isotretinoin and each time you receive a refill, read the medication guide that your pharmacist has supplied. Before starting this drug, read and sign a patient information/informed consent form. Before using the drug, speak with your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions regarding isotretinoin.
As prescribed by your doctor, take this medication by mouth twice daily for 15 to 20 weeks. Completely inhale the capsules. Do not chew them or smash them. While some brands of this prescription advise taking it with meals, other brands suggest taking it with or without food. The amount of this medication that enters your bloodstream is increased by food. For more information, consult your physician or pharmacist.
Inform your doctor or pharmacist if you have any allergies prior to using isotretinoin, including those to it, other medications that are related to vitamin A (such as tretinoin), or other retinoids. It’s possible that this product contains inactive substances (such soybean or parabens) can lead to allergic responses or other issues. Some individuals with peanut allergies may also have soy allergies. To learn more, speak with your pharmacist.
Don’t donate blood while you are taking this medication and for at least a month after you stop taking it.