Isotretinoin is a prescription oral retinoid (vitamin A derivative)
medication used primarily for severe, scarring nodular acne that has
not responded to other treatments. The brand name formulation is called
Accutane. It is highly effective at reducing oil production when taken
daily for 4-6 months.
Isotretinoin offers remarkable clearance of recalcitrant severe acne
that can leave both physical and emotional scarring. By significantly
reducing oil secretion, it attacks acne at its root cause. One course
of treatment can yield smooth, clear skin, often permanently. Many
patients see improvements in self-confidence due to significant
reductions in cystic acne outbreaks and marks.
How to Use
The typical isotretinoin dosage is 0.5 to 1 mg per kg of body weight
daily, adjusted to your individual needs. I will explain your proper
dose and frequency. Take each capsule with food to increase absorption.
Do not chew or crush them. You’ll likely notice initial skin
drying within 1-2 weeks, followed by a temporary worsening of breakouts
around weeks 2-3 before it improves. Patience is essential.
Potential side effects include severe dryness of skin/lips requiring
moisturizers/balms, headaches, joint/muscle aches, and increased
sunburn risk requiring daily SPF 30+ sunscreen. Contact me if these
persist or concern you. Mood changes like depression can also occur.
Promptly report any feelings of sadness, irritability, or suicidality
to discontinue medication if necessary.
Many isotretinoin patients rank it as life-changing, wishing they had
started sooner. They report boosted confidence from smooth, clear skin
after years of painful cystic breakouts. While the dryness takes
adjustment at first, most say the results make it worthwhile. Many see
improvements in social, academic, athletic, and professional realms
thanks to enhanced self-esteem.
Q: Is isotretinoin safe for me?
A: Yes, isotretinoin has an excellent safety profile when taken as
directed under medical supervision with routine lab testing and
required pregnancy prevention practices. Both male and female patients
must prevent pregnancy during and for one month after stopping this
Q: How long does it take to see results?
A: Patience is essential, but most notice some initial skin drying
within 1-2 weeks. Acne may seem to worsen around weeks 2-3, but then
gradual improvements begin. Optimal clear skin often attained by months
4-5, though some require a 2nd course.
Q: Any special isotretinoin precautions?
A: Avoid blood donations, minimize vitamin A supplements/foods high in
vitamin A, avoid alcohol consumption, and do not wax (shaving only)
during treatment due to sensitivity concerns. Promptly report severe
symptoms like vision changes or severe abdominal pain which could
indicate a rare but serious side effect requiring emergency care.
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