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Generic: isotretinoin
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It treats severe acne that has not responded to other therapy like antibiotics.
               



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What is this medicine?

ISOTRETINOIN (eye soe TRET i noyn) treats severe acne that has not responded to other therapy like antibiotics.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
  • heart disease
  • high blood cholesterol or triglycerides
  • inflammatory bowel disease
  • liver disease
  • mental problems, such as depression, psychosis, attempted suicide, or a family history of mental problems
  • osteoporosis, osteomalacia, or other bone disorders
  • pancreatitis
  • an unusual or allergic reaction to isotretinoin, vitamin A or related drugs, parabens, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • breast- feeding

How should I use this medicine?

Take this medicine by mouth with a full glass of water. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Do not chew or suck on the capsules. Take your medicine at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed. Do not stop taking except on your doctor's advice.

A special MedGuide will be given to you by the pharmacist with each prescription and refill. Be sure to read this information carefully each time.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, skip that dose. Do not take double or extra doses. If you take more than your prescribed dose, call your doctor or poison control center right away.

What may interact with this medicine?

Do not take this medicine with any of the following medications:
  • vitamins and other supplements containing vitamin A

This medicine may also interact with the following medications:

  • alcohol
  • benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, or other drying medicines used for acne
  • medicines for seizures
  • orlistat
  • other drugs that make you more sensitive to the sun such as sulfa drugs
  • progestin- only birth control hormones
  • st. john's wort
  • steroid medicines like prednisone or cortisone
  • tetracycline antibiotics like doxycycline and tetracycline
  • warfarin

               
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