|Synonims: Accutane, Amnesteem, Claravis, Isotrin, Sotret|
Accutane is a retinoid and is used to treat severe acne in patients who don't respond to other pills. It may also be used for other conditions as directed by your doctor.
Accutane comes in capsules taken with a full glass of water and with a meal. Don't break, crush, chew, or suck on the capsule before swallowing. For best results, you should take this drug regularly.
Accutane can cause you to become sunburned more easily. Avoid the sun, sunlamps, or tanning booths until you know how you respond to this drug. Take a sunscreen or wear protective clothing if you must be outside for prolonged time. Certain birth control pills (progestin-only pills, "mini pills") that don't contain estrogen may not be as effective while you are taking Accutane. Worsening of acne can occur during the first part of therapy. This does not suggest failure or a need to stop the drug.