Isotretinoin belongs to a category of chemical compounds called retinoid. This medication helps in the treatment of cystic acne or nodular acne that has previously not responded to any other kinds of treatment. It lowers the production of facial oil and prevents hardening of the skin. If acne is not properly treated it can cause permanent scarring.
On using Isotretinoin you may experience the following side effects: drying of skin around the lips and mouth, bleeding from the nose, stomach upset, hair loss. Should these reactions continue or worsen with time notify your health care provider right away. However, it is advised that before taking Isotretinoin you should take preventive measures and consult your doctor if:
- You are taking any prescriptive or over the counter drugs, vitamins, herbal or dietary supplements.
- You are allergic to the ingredients contained within this drug or are allergic to any other medicines especially drugs containing vitamin A.
- You are allergic to foods, particularly peanuts or soy.
- You have a medical or family history of diabetes, liver disease, eating disorders, mental disorders or lowered bone density.
- You are pregnant, are planning to become pregnant or are breastfeeding.
- You have hearing problems, bowel problems or irregular periods.
Some medications may interact with Isotretinoin and have some adverse effects, in such cases care should be taken to have a discussion with your doctor. Take Isotretinoin as prescribed. Isotretinoin comes in a capsule form and needs to be swallowed down with a glass of water. You may have it with our without food. It needs to be taken twice daily for a minimum of four to five months. In case of a missed dose try to take it as soon as you recall it or skip it entirely. Do not by any means try to have a double dose. In case of drug overdose notify your doctor promptly. It may take a few weeks before results start to show.
Information given here is based on the salt and content of the medicine. Effect and uses of medicine may vary from person to person. It is advicable to consult a Dermatologist before using this medicine.
Bone and joint painMajor Rare
Bleeding from noseMajor Rare
Scaling, burning, redness, and swelling of skinModerate Less Common
Nausea and VomitingModerate Rare
Pain and tenderness of eyesModerate Rare
Itchy and dry skinMinor Less Common
Heart burnMinor Common
Rectal bleedingModerate Rare
Difficult or painful urinationModerate Less Common
Increased heartbeatModerate Rare
Ringing or buzzing in the earsModerate Less Common
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Natural Micronised ProgesteroneMajor
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