Introducing isotretinoin

Introducing Isotretinoin

Who Gets Acne?

Acne is common. It affects most people during their teenage years. 80% of people have suffered from acne at some
time in their lives. 5% of these people suffer from very severe acne. Acne is not caused by junk food, eating chocolate
or dirty skin. Acne is a skin disease and it should be treated as one.

What Is Isotretinoin?

The capsules contain a medication known as Isotretinoin. Isotretinoin is often a cure for acne. It is a similar substance
to Vitamin A, but the action of Isotretinoin is very different.
Isotretinoin works by reducing the amount of oily substances produced by the oil making glands in your skin. This
reduces the amount of bacteria in the skin. These bacteria are the cause of the ‘pus’ and inflammation found with
acne. Isotretinoin may help reduce the inflammation of the skin.

Why Has Isotretinoin Been Prescribed For Me?

Your doctor has probably prescribed Isotretinoin for you because other treatments for your acne have been
unsuccessful. You probably haven’t been prescribed Isotretinoin earlier because it is considered to be a good idea to
try other treatments, such as creams and antibiotics, for your acne first.
While you are taking Isotretinoin you will need to follow very carefully all the instructions given to you by your doctor.

When Will I Stop Using Isotretinoin?

The course of Isotretinoin treatment will vary from patient to patient. Your doctor will advise you how long to take your
Isotretinoin. In most cases the treatment lasts for around 20 weeks, but could last up to six months.

Are There Any Side Effects?

As with all medicines, there are side effects with Isotretinoin. The side effects include dryness in several parts of
the body, possible tiredness, and sometimes aching of the muscles and bones. More information on side effects
can be found in the Side Effects section, your doctor will provide this for you.

Isotretinoin and Potential Birth Defects

Isotretinoin should NEVER be used by pregnant women or by women who intend to become pregnant, during
or for one month after, their Isotretinoin treatment.

All possibility of pregnancy MUST be ruled out before you start your Isotretinoin treatment. Strict birth control methods
should be used for one month before you start your Isotretinoin, during your whole Isotretinoin treatment and for one
month after you stop taking Isotretinoin. One month after you have finished your Isotretinoin, you can resume your
normal practices
Who Can Take Isotretinoin?
Isotretinoin is suitable for almost everyone with acne, regardless of sex or age. People who can’t take
Isotretinoin include pregnant women or women who are breast feeding and people suffering from certain medical
conditions. Please tell your doctor if you have any other conditions or take any other medications.


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