Accutane-Isotroin-Isotretoin Softgel Capsules 10 mg

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Accutane-Isotroin-Isotretoin Softgel Capsules 10 mg

Generic: Isotretoin 10mg


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What is Accutane?

Accutane is used for the treatment of severe acne such ascystic or nodular inflammatory acne.The main component of this medication is Isotretinoin. Accutane is available as soft gelatine capsule, at the strength of 10 mg, 20mg, 30mg and 40 mg. Isotretinoin is chemically linked to retinoic acid as well as retinol which is a synthetic version or derivatives of vitamin A. This medication is taken orally along with a diet which contains high amount of fats. This medication should be taken for 15-20 weeks. It can also be taken in lower doses, for the duration of 6 months. The good news is that this medication is prescribed very frequently for the treatment of less severe acne. The practice with Accutane is becoming very controversial because of its long lasting side effects.

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What are the ingredients of Accutane?

Accutane pills are available in the form of soft gelatine capsules. The active ingredient of this medication is Isotretinoin.

What are the contraindications of Accutane?

  • This medication is contraindicated in the patient who has a history of hypersensitivity to isotretinoin, soyabean oil, parabean oil, peanut oil or any ingredients of the preparation.
  • Since Isotretinoin is very potent, so it is strongly contraindicated in pregnancy or the women who are planning to conceive, because it may cause serious complications for the unborn baby like abnormalities to eyes, skull, bones, central nervous system, cardiovascular system or liver etc.
  • Accutane is contraindicated in breast-feeding women.
  • Concomitant use of Accutane with some antibiotics like tetracycline, erythromycin or clarithromycine may lead to serious complication. Always consult with your doctor before taking his medication, because your doctor may ask you to stop the other medication temporarily until the treatment with Accutane get finished.
  • It is contraindicated in patientwho suffers from liver or kidney failure.
  • This medication should be used with caution in the person who experiences diabetes, depression or dry eye symptoms.

What are the possible side-effects of Accutane?

Accutane has the following side effects, such as:

The less serious side effects:

  • Dry and flaky skin,
  • Irritation in mucous membranesof the lips, nasal passage, and eyes.

More serious side-effects:

  • Asthma
  • Mental problems
  • Heart disease
  • Liver disease
  • Diabetes
  • Bone problems (osteoporosis or weakness)
  • Loss of appetite
  • Drug or food allergy

What are the drug interactions of Accutane?

  • Some antibiotics like erythromycin, clarithromycin or tetracyclin or Vitamin A
  • Anti-convulsive like phenytoin
  • Corticosteroids (systemic)
  • Contraceptives which contains norethindrone or ethanol

What should you do if you miss a dose?

If you miss a dose of Accutane, take it as soon as you remember in the same day. If you recall the missed dose in the next day, skip the dose. Do not try to take a double dose in the same day. Because it may increases the risk of side effects.

What should be done in case of overdosing?

The most reported symptoms of Accutane overdose are abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting, diarrhea, high blood pressure, redness in the face and dizziness. Always contact with your physician, if you think that you have taken an overdose.

What is the dosage regimen and method of taking Accutane?

  • For nodular type of severe acne, this medication should be given at the strength of 0.5 to 1 mg/kg/day in 2 divided doses, for the duration of 15 to 20 weeks.
  • Accutane should be taken only by oral intake.
  • It is strictly prohibited in pregnant women or who are planning to get pregnant and in lactating women.
  • It is contraindicated in children below the age of 12 years.
  • This medication is advised to take with a meal or a full glass of water to avoid oesophageal irritation.
  • Always take this medication according to the prescription of your doctor, because you doctor only can decide the required dose and duration for you.

How should you store this medication?

  • Accutane should be stored below the temperature of 20o C, in cool and dry place.
  • This medication should be stored in a heat resistant bottle.
  • Keep this medication out of touchof children and pets.
  • Expired medication should be thrown out.

What are the warnings/precautions?

  • It is strongly advised to consult with your health care provider before taking this medication.
  • The women, particularly who are pregnant or planning to conceive, should always avoid this medication, because it can cause serious complications to the unborn baby. It is reported that this medication can lead to developmental anomaly of the liver, heart, eyes, skull etc. of the baby.
  • Women should opt. for at least 2 contraceptive methods while using this medication.
  • This medication should be used with caution while using in the children above the age of 12 years.
  • You should discontinue of taking this medication if you catch the symptoms like mood change, depression, aggression, psychosis and visit your doctor for consultation immediately.
  • Always avoid over-exposure to UV radiations while using this medication.
  • This medication may cause severe back pain in paediatric patients.
  • You should not donate your blood at least 1 month prior to stopping this medication. Because the traces of Accutane may be present in the blood and it can cause serious complication for the foetus if the blood is given to a pregnant women.
  • Discontinue this medication if the white blood cells (WBC) count is reduced significantly