Accutane Information

Reduce the effects of acne with AccutaneThe generic name for Accutane is Isotretinoin.

Isotretinoin if for treating patients who have severe acne. It is generally to patients who have tried numerous acne medication or antibiotics, without successful treatment results. Isotretinoin is a retinoid form of vitamin A which reduces the amount of oils released by oil glands in the skin.

Isotretinoin works by reducing skin oil production, which changes the characteristics of the skin oil, which then prevents abnormal hardening of the skin. Accutane helps the skin to renew faster and more effectively than other medications tried.

Take Accutane as directed by your Doctor. Check the label on the packet for exact dosing instructions.

Isotretinoin is only dispensed through a special program.
You will have to sign a consent form stating that you will follow your doctor's instructions exactly, before taking Isotretinoin. This procedure is necessary each time you get a prescription refill.

Take each dose of Accutane with food. Swallow the capsule with a full glass of water. Do not crush, chew, break or suck the capsule when swallowing. This prevents the capsule medication from irritating your throat.

You need to take Accutane for the full length of time prescribed by your doctor, even if your symptoms get better. Take only under doctors directions. It is advised to take Accutane at the same time each day for best results and so you don't forget.

If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and return to your regular schedule. Do not take two doses at once.

Side effects may occur while you are using Isotretinoin. Side effects may include:
  • discomfort with contact lenses
  • joint pain, back pain
  • dryness of the lips, nose, mouth or skin
  • dizzy, drowsy or nervous feeling
  • cracking or peeling skin, itching, rash, changes in your fingernails or toenails

If any of these side effects become present, see your Doctor as soon as possible.

Accutane is not recommended for women who are pregnant, breast feeding, women attempting to become pregnant. Serious birth defects can occur in pregnant women taking Accutane. Speak to your doctor before using Accutane and for further information.