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What is Isotretinoin?

Generic Isotretinoin is a vitamin A-related compound that has a variety of applications. The two most common brand names are for two variations of the medication -- buy Accutane and you'll get an oral medication, buy Isotrex for the ointment version. A doctor will recommend which method is best for you.

Uses for Isotretinoin

The most common use of Isotretinoin is to treat severe acne, but only when other methods of treating the condition have failed. It is available in different dosages, but is still a very potent medication.

Isotretinoin works to clear up acne by lowering the amount of sebum produced by glands, and by helping skin shed its dead cells.

Isotretinoin is also being looked at in the treatment of various forms of cancer.

Possible Side Effects of Isotretinoin

Isotrex and Accutane side effects include headache, dry skin, dry mouth and nose, back pain, fever, nausea, vomiting, mouth sores, eyesight changes, sweating and rash. Less common side effects include muscle pain, joint pain, allergic reaction, poor appetite, abdominal pain, dizziness, drowsiness, anxiety, weakness, numbness and tingling, hair thinning, vision changes, swelling of feet and ankles, low blood counts and blood test abnormalities.

Serious side effects, though rare, should be noted and include blood clots, hepatitis, inflammatory bowel disease, menstrual irregularities and pancreatitis. Contact a health care professional if you experience any of the side effects listed or any other abnormalities.

Isotretinoin should not be taken by pregnant women or women looking to become pregnant, as it significantly increases the risk of birth defects and miscarriage.

Warnings About Isotretinoin

The information listed here regarding isotretinoin is for reference purposes only, and should not be used in place of medical advice. Always consult a doctor before introducing a new medication into your health regimen for correct dosage and treatment information, proper monitoring and further side effects or possible interactions with other medications.

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