Accutane is a medicine prescribed for severe acne treatment. It should be used by patients who don't respond to other medications. It belongs to a class of drugs known as retinoids. It works by decreasing facial oil (sebum) production. High amounts of sebum can lead to severe acne.
You should consult with your doctor regarding your proper dosage. Take it with a full glass of water. Do not exceed your recommended dosage. The usual starting daily dose is 0.5 mg per kilogram of body weight taken daily for a period of 2 to 4 weeks. Isotretinoin should be taken as a single dose or in 2 divided doses during the day.
Before starting your treatment with Accutane discuss with your doctor all conditions you can have: allergy, diabetes, osteoporosis, asthma, heart disease, and kidney or liver problems, eating disorders (e.g., anorexia nervosa), alcohol abuse, pancreatitis. Do not use vitamin A, alcoholic beverages during the treatment. Middle aged people can be more sensitive to Accutane. Do not donate blood while you are taking isotretinoin and for at least 1 month after you stop taking it.
The patients with sensitivity to Accutane can't use the medicine. Do not take this medication if you: are breast-feeding, pregnant, are taking tetracycline antibiotics (e.g., tetracycline, doxycycline, minocycline), have excessively high blood cholesterol levels or excessively high levels of vitamin A.
Possible side effects
Headache, drowsiness, dizziness, constipation, vomiting, diarrhea, skin rashes, swelling of the eyelids or lips, crusty skin, nosebleeds, upset stomach, mental or mood changes, back, joint or muscle pain are common side effects. Serious side effects are very rare. If any of these effects persist or worsen, tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly.
Accutane can interact with steroids(prednisone), tetracycline antibiotics, seizure medication (phenytoin), vitamin A-type drugs (e.g., acitretin, bexarotene), vitamin A. Interaction between two medications does not always mean that you must stop taking one of them. Tell your doctor or prescriber about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking.
Take the missed dose as soon as possible. If it is almost time of the next intake just skip it and go back to your schedule.
If you think you have overdosed the medicine seek emergency medical help immediately. The overdose symptoms are chest pain, nausea, irregular heartbeat, and feeling light-headed or fainting.
Store the medicine at room temperature between 68-77 degrees F (20-25 degrees C) away from light and moisture. Do not store your drugs in the bathroom. Keep all drugs away from reach of children and pets.
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