This medication is used to treat severe cystic acne (also known as nodular acne) that has not responded to other treatment (e.g., benzoyl peroxide or clindamycin applied to the skin or tetracycline or minocycline taken by mouth).
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Dry lips and mouth, minor swelling of the eyelids or lips, crusty skin, nosebleeds, upset stomach, or thinning of hair may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly.
It is contraindicated in patients with known hypersensitivity to the drug.
Before taking isotretinoin, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or to vitamin A-related drugs (other retinoids such as tretinoin); or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients (such as soybean, parabens), which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Some people who are allergic to peanuts may also be allergic to soy. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.
Swallow capsules whole. Do not crush or chew them.
Do not donate blood while you are taking isotretinoin and for at least 1 month after you stop taking it.
This medication may make you more sensitive to the sun. Limit your time in the sun. Avoid tanning booths and sunlamps. Use sunscreen and wear protective clothing when outdoors. Tell your doctor right away if you get sunburned or have skin blisters/redness. Do not have cosmetic procedures to smooth your skin (e.g., waxing, laser, dermabrasion) during and for 6 months after isotretinoin therapy. Skin scarring may occur.
This drug is known to cause issues during pregnancy, therefore please do not take this drug if you are pregnant.
Do not take isotretinoin if you are taking tetracycline antibiotics, such as doxycycline (Vibramycin) or demeclocycline (Declomycin, Declostatin, Ledermycin) or vitamin A. Avoid taking isotretinoin if you're taking: Acitretin (Soriatane, Neotigason)