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What is Generic for Isotretinoin used for?

Isotretinoin is prescribed to treat severe type of acne known as nodular acne that has not responded to any other acne treatments. Nodular acnes are swollen lumps that are formed due to large amounts of sebum (facial oil) production. Isotretinoin is a form of vitamin A that decreases sebum production and thus prevents your face from permanent scarring. This drug belongs to a class of chemical compounds known as retinoids. This medicine may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.

What is the recommended dosage of Generic for Isotretinoin?

The dosage of Isotretinoin prescribed to each patient will vary. Always follow your physician’s instructions and/or the directions on the prescription drug label.

What if you miss a dose of Generic for Isotretinoin?

If your physician has instructed or directed you to take Isotretinoin medication in a regular schedule and you have missed a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, instead skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double the doses unless otherwise directed.

What if you overdose on Generic for Isotretinoin?

Any medication taken in excess can have serious consequences. If you suspect overdose of Isotretinoin, call your doctor or poison control center immediately. Some of the overdose symptoms of this drug include loss of balance, vomiting, stomach ache, flushing of face, and headache.

What other drugs could interact with Generic for Isotretinoin?

It may be noted that drugs other than those listed above may also interact with Isotretinoin.

Usually drug interactions occur when it is taken with another drug or with food. Before you take a medication for a particular ailment, you should inform the health expert about intake of any other medications including non-prescription medications, over-the-counter medicines that may increase the effect of Isotretinoin, and dietary supplements like vitamins, minerals and herbal, so that the doctor can warn you of any possible drug interactions.

Isotretinoin can interact with certain medications such as tetracycline antibiotics, corticosteroid medicines, and vitamin A supplements.

Also, tell your prescriber or health care professional if you are a frequent user of drinks with caffeine or alcohol, if you smoke, or if you use illegal drugs. These may affect the way your medicine works. Check with your health care professional before stopping or starting any of your medicines.

What are the side effects of Generic for Isotretinoin?

Like other medicines, Isotretinoin can cause some side effects. If they do occur, the side effects of Isotretinoin are most likely to be minor and temporary. However, some may be serious and may require the individual to inform the doctor or visit the nearest hospital immediately.

It is pertinent to note that side effects of Isotretinoin cannot be anticipated. If any side effects of Isotretinoin develop or change in intensity, the doctor should be informed as soon as possible.

Isotretinoin can cause birth defects, bone and muscle problems, abdomen problems, hearing and vision problems, painful swallowing, dark urine, rectal bleeding, severe heartburn, dizziness, and severe headache. This is not a complete list of all side effects. Do concur with your doctor and follow his directions completely when you are taking Isotretinoin.

What are the questions to ask your doctor before taking Generic for Isotretinoin?

Is it possible for me to take Isotretinoin with other drugs?
Should certain beverages, foods and other products be avoided when I take Isotretinoin?
What are the possible drug interactions of Isotretinoin?
How will Isotretinoin work in my body?
How should Isotretinoin be taken?
How to reduce the risk of Isotretinoin drug interactions and side effects?


The health and medical information provided here is intended to supplement and not substitute for the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacists or other health care professional. While taking Isotretinoin, do not undergo cosmetic or laser procedures on your skin and do not donate blood as well. Avoid sunlight, and night driving is not recommended. It is necessary to inform your doctor if you have diabetes, heart or liver disease, and mental problems. Isotretinoin should not be used by pregnant women as it may cause major birth defects. Keep the medication out of reach of children.


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