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Absorica®, Amnesteem®, Claravis®, Myorisan®, Zenatane®, Accutane®
Often used for:
Isotretinoin is a type of medicine called a retinoid. It acts on specific receptors of the cell nucleus to control cell growth. Isotretinoin may be used as a chemotherapy to treat certain types of cancer such as neuroblastoma. It is usually used as a treatment for severe acne.
Although retinoids are related to vitamin A (retinol), the actions are very different. It is important to follow the care team’s instructions and warnings when using a retinoid drug.
Female patients of childbearing age will be given a pregnancy test before starting this medicine. Patients will have regular blood draws to monitor blood counts, blood sugar, lipid levels, and liver function.
May be taken as a capsule by mouth
Not all patients who take isotretinoin will experience these side effects. Common side effects are in bold, but there may be others. Please report all suspected side effects to your doctor or pharmacist.
Some patients may experience long-term or late effects of treatment that may continue or develop months or years after treatment ends. Possible long-term side effects due to isotretinoin include:
Be sure to discuss these and other recommendations with your doctor or pharmacist.