What is acne?
Acne is a common skin condition, characterized by different types of lesions appearing on the skin, including scaly red areas, blackheads and whiteheads, papules, pimples and nodules. Most commonly acne affects the face, the back, and the upper chest. It is more likely to occur in adolescence due to increase of testosterone levels, but it may continue in the adulthood as well.
Acne is a serious disease, as it may cause scarring and lead to different psychological problems, including reduced self-esteem and depression. It is especially true for teenagers, who may experience lack of self-confidence due to their appearance.
Early aggressive treatment is of great importance in case of severe acne, as it may not only reduce the severity and duration of the symptoms, but to prevent its complications.
Why should I use Isotretinoin?
Generic Isotretinoin is a medication used for treatment of severe cases of acne, mostly for cystic or nodular acne, which affects deeper skin tissues. Isotretinoin is also used for the treatment of some other skin conditions, including harlequin-type ichthyosis and lamellar ichthyosis.
Isotretinoin is a retinoid, which means that it has effects like those of vitamin A. It plays important role in the regulation of epithelial cell growth. Isotretinoin reduces the amount of oil produced by oil glands and helps the skin renew more quickly. That’s how it helps get rid of acne.
Nearly half of all patients experience long-term remission following one course of Isotretinoin, while others develop significantly milder acne, which may be treated with other less invasive drugs. Sometimes an additional course of Isotretinoin may be needed, which is usually more effective than the initial one.
Use isotretinoin and you will get an effective solution for skin problems. Most patients achieve significant improvement and skin clearing during the treatment.
Is Isotretinoin for me?
Since it is a strong medication, you should use Accutane after other drugs have failed to help treat acne.
How should I take Isotretinoin?
Isotretinoin capsules should be swallowed with a glass of water. It is important not to break or chew the capsule.
Since you are using Isotretinoin, you should carefully learn the label with Patient Information to determine the right dosage. Typically Isotretinoin dose depends on the weight of the patient and on the severity of acne. Usual dose ranges between 0,5 to 1 mg/kg/day. The initial course of medical treatment may be as long as 9 months. If you need the second course, it should not be started within eight weeks following the initial one. Do not increase the recommended dose as it may cause adverse effects.
Note that during the first month of treatment it may seem that your skin gets worse. It usually improves then, but you should consult your doctor if Isotretinoin causes no effect for 2 months.
There are some precautions you should be aware of before initiating the treatment:
Pregnant must not use Isotretinoin as it may lead to birth defects, premature birth, or miscarriage.
Women should start using birth controls for one month before taking Isotretinoin, and continue to take it during the treatment and for one month after the course of treatment.
Ensure that you are not allergic to isotretinoin or other Isotretinoin’s components before initiating the treatment.
It is recommended to consult your doctor if you are using some other drugs, especially Desogestrel, Doxycycline, Estradiol Valerate, Levonorgestrel, Minocycline, Norgestrel, or Tetracycline. It is not the full list and there are some other drugs that may interact with Isotretinoin.
Certain medical conditions may also affect the treatment. It’s better to consult your doctor before using Accutane if you have metabolism disorder, diabetes, alcoholism, weight problems or eating disorder, bones disorder, asthma, heart disease, kidney or liver disease.
Be sure to carefully read a patient information form, it may help you minimize the risk of complications and side effects and make the treatment more effective.
Are there any side-effects?
Isotretinoin generic may cause some adverse effects, the most common of which are:
- Decreased night vision
- Eyes, mouth and/or nose dryness
- Bone or muscles problems (pain, stiffness, or difficulty moving)
- Hearing problems
Among less common side effects are stomach pain, back pain, diarrhea, nausea and/or vomiting. Seek medical care if the side effects cause significant discomfort.
How should I Store Isotretinoin
Isotretinoin should be stored at room temperature, away from heat, direct light, and moisture.