Isotretinoin is generally used in treatment of the treatment of acne.
Anemia (low number of red blood cells)
Increased liver enzymes
Low blood platelets
How to use
Consume this medicine in the dosage and duration as per your doctors advise. While taking Isotretinoin, swallow it completely without crushing, breaking or chewing it. Isotretinoin is to be taken with food.
How it works
Isotretinoin treates acne by slowing down the production of natural body chemicals and reducing them.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. Is Isotretinoin a steroid? No, Isotretinoin is not a steroid
Q. Is Isotretinoin effective? Isotretinoin is effective when used for indication and at doses advised by the doctor
Q. Can it be used for oily skin? It should not be used merely to treat oily skin
Q. Can it be used for mild acne and does it clear scars permanently? It should not be used for mild acne but only for severe acne which has not responded to other treatment. It may not clear scars permanently
Q. How long can I use Isotretinoin? Isotretinoin has to be used for at least 4-6 weeks. Please follow the advice of the doctor regarding the duration of use and do not self-medicate or use for extended period of time
Q. Can Isotretinoin be taken with milk? Yes Isotretinoin can be taken with milk
Q. Does Isotretinoin cause weight gain/weight loss/hair loss/affect menstrual cycle? Isotretinoin is not known to commonly cause weight gain/weight loss/hair loss/affect menstrual cycle
Q. Can I take ibuprofen/ creatinine/ vitamins/ Tylenol (paracetamol)/ antibiotics with Isotretinoin? There are no known drug-drug interactions between Isotretinoin and ibuprofen/ creatinine/ vitamins other than Vitamin A/ Tylenol (paracetamol). However, vitamin A used in addition to Isotretinoin can cause vitamin A toxicity. Tetracycline antibiotics and Isotretinoin may lead to increase in pressure in the fluid surrounding the brain and spinal cord. Doctor's advice should be strictly followed about taking any medications along with Isotretinoin
Q. Is Isotretinoin same as tretinoin/ Accutane? Accutane is the brand name for Isotretinoin. Isotretinoin and tretinoin are different from each other, but they are forms of vitamin A and have similar indications of use
Q. Is Isotretinoin a permanent cure for acne? Isotretinoin is effective for severe acne not responding to other treatment. It does prevent acne from returning for a long time after a single course. However, in few cases, acne may return or flare-up.
You have been prescribed Isotretinoin for the treatment of severe acne.Take it with or after food.Avoid exposure to sunlight while using Isotretinoin. Use protective measures such as sun-cream or protective clothing.It may cause dryness of mouth, lips, and eyes. Drink plenty of water, use moisturiser and avoid wearing contact lenses. Inform your doctor if it bothers you.Don't drive or do anything that requires mental focus until you know how Isotretinoin affects you.Your doctor may get regular blood tests to track lipid levels, liver function, and cell count in your blood.Do not take Isotretinoin if you are pregnant, planning pregnancy or breastfeeding.
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