Active Ingredients: Isotretinoin
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The range and severity of the side effects also depend on personal factors and the disease being treated.
Cutaneous and mucocutaneous side effects Most of the side effects due to isotretinoin are cutaneous or mucocutaneous and relate to the mode of action of the drug.
The most common are listed here. Increased sweating Dry nostrils, epistaxis nose bleeds Dry, watery or irritable eyes especially in contact lens wearers, conjunctivitis, keratitis Dry anal mucosa, bleeding at the time of a bowel motion Dry genitals, dyspareunia discomfort during intercourse Facial erythema.
You'll need to have blood tests to monitor your liver function and the amount of lipids fats such as cholesterol and triglycerides in your blood before you start treatment with isotretinoin, one month after starting and then at further three-monthly intervals.
The isotretinoin dose prescribed depends on your body weight.
Always follow the instructions given by your doctor. These will be printed on the label that your pharmacist has put on the medicine.
Isotretinoin capsules are usually taken once or twice a day. Swallow the capsules should be whole with a drink, either with food or just after eating.
If you forget to take a dose take it as soon as you remember, unless it's nearly time for your next dose.
In this case just leave out the missed dose and take your next dose as usual when it's due. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed dose.
You'll usually be asked to take isotretinoin every day for 16 to 24 weeks and then stop. Most people find their acne has cleared up after this time.
Your doctor can prescribe another course if your acne hasn't cleared up or if it comes back, but you'll need to wait until at least eight weeks after you finish the first course.
Back to top Can I drink alcohol with isotretinoin? Alcohol doesn't affect isotretinoin itself, but it could increase the risk of developing liver problems or raised cholesterol levels.
Drinking minimally is generally OK, but don't drink excessively. If you're going to drink alcohol stick within the recommended UK guidelines of no more than 14 units of alcohol per week for both men and women.
Back to top What are the side effects of isotretinoin? Just because a side effect is stated here doesn't mean that all people taking isotretinoin, or the branded version Roaccutane, will experience that or any side effect. Medicines can affect individual people in different ways.
Very common side effects affect more than 1 in 10 people Dry skin and lips.