What is Isotroin (Isotretinoin) used for?
Isotroin (Isotretinoin) is used as a treatment for severe acne, also known as cystic acne or nodular acne. It is given to patients when other treatments, such as antibiotics have proven unsuccessful. This drug belongs to a class of medications called retinoids, which work by reducing the production of sebum (facial oil), thereby helping the skin to renew itself more quickly. Severe acne is often caused by high levels of facial oil.
How should I use Isotroin (Isotretinoin)?
Patients who have been prescribed Isotroin (Isotretinoin) capsules are normally directed to take it twice per day, with food. However, your physician may prescribe a low dose for you at first, which may be gradually increased. You should note that it can take several weeks, or longer before the full benefits of treatment with this drug are noticed. However, this does not mean that treatment is not working.
What are the side effects of Isotroin (Isotretinoin)?
If you have been prescribed Isotroin (Isotretinoin), you may notice some of the following side effects:
This drug may also cause other side effects. You should consult your physician immediately if you notice changes in vision, a ringing noise in the ears, seizures or any other serious side effects.
This drug can cause serious birth defects if taken by pregnant women, and therefore should never be taken if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant. Discuss the risks of this drug and the precautions necessary, such as contraception, with your physician, before you take this medication.
Breast feeding while taking this medication is not recommended.
Strictly follow all instructions provided to you by your physician or pharmacist while using Isotroin (Isotretinoin). Optimum and safe dosage can differ based on the patient and the condition being treated.
As this medication may be unsafe for certain patients, it is essential you always inform your physician if you have any allergies, other illnesses, or ongoing health conditions, and if you are taking any other form of medication, supplements, or herbal products.
Immediately seek emergency medical care if you have any allergic or hypersensitive reaction. Common signs of a reaction include hives, swelling, skin rashes, chest pains, as well as trouble breathing or swallowing.