Sunday, March 29, 2009

What is isotretinoin?

I think that this article is pretty important when you want to start taking this drug.

Roaccutane is a drug containing isotretinoin. Isotretinoin is a retinoid. The retinoids are a class of chemical compounds that are related chemically to vitamin A. It is a pretty strong drug. It is used to for treatment of severe acne and it is sometimes used also for chemotherapy!

Oral isotretinoin is available also under following names: Accutane , Amnesteem , Claravis , Decutan , Isotane , Sotret , Oratane and Izotek. Isotretinoin can also be used as a local treatment. Local treatment is marketed under names Isotrex or Isotrexin.

What is cool about this drug?
It is efficient also in treatment of very bad acne. Worst acne cases are mostly treated with isotretinoin. And isotretinoin helps. It also shows you the results pretty fast. It helps tremendously also for acne located on other parts of body, not just face. Monk BE published in Dermatology journal article:"Fordyce spots responding to isotretinoin therapy." That means isotretinoin can be used also for this condition.

What is bad about this drug?
If you are a woman you are going to hear this one a lot of times. It is a teratogen. This word is originally from Greek language and it means "maker of monsters". And its really serious. If you are taking this drug and you get pregnant you are going to have pretty big problems. You CAN NOT get pregnant during taking it or there will be high possibility of malformation of an embryo or fetus.
It is also going to make you pretty dry. Your skin, your lips...everything is going to be dry. You can also have psychical disorders, problems with night vision and many many side effects that are seldom occurring. You have to be informed about all of those and if you experience any of those or anything else, contact your doctor.

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