Accutane is a vitamin A tablet which helps to reduce the amount of oil secreted by glands that are present in the skin. As a result the skin can feel rejuvenated and refreshed. It is used for treating acne and other skin related conditions.
How it works?
Accutane works by reducing the facial oil production, also known as sebum. It helps to bring down the amount of oil released by the oil glands in the skin and also helps to renew your skin in a very short time. It also slows down the speed the skin produces skin cells inside the pore which in turn helps the pores from getting clogged.
Accutane is used to treat severe nodular acne which is also known as cystic acne. The drug can also be used in the treatment of certain type of cancer called neuroblastoma. It shrinks oil glands, reduces acne bacteria, reduces inflammation if any and also helps to prevent the forming of clogs.
The recommended dosage for a patient is 0.5 to 1.0 mg/kg/day that has to be given in two divided doses and to be taken along with food for about 15 to 20 weeks. The dosage may be adjusted depending upon the patient’s response to the medicine or the appearance of clinical side effects.
Failing to take Accutane with food can decrease absorption and also can lead to unfavorable complications. The drug can be discontinued if the total nodule count has been reduced by more than 70% prior to completing the treatment for 15 to 20 weeks.
All dosages provided initial clearing of diseases, but lower dosages demanded a greater need for treatment. Your acne might become worse during the initial few days of taking Accutane medicine and it might take about a month or two to notice the fullest effect of this medicine. You should not take this medicine for longer than what is recommended for you.
Common side effects are
Serious side effects include
Stop using the drug if you experience any serious side effects and talk to your doctor immediately.
Accutane causes serious birth defects and thus should not be used by pregnant women. Women should give provide a written agreement that they would take pregnancy test during the course of the drug and use hormonal and non-hormonal (secondary) form of birth control measures.