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What Is Absorica Used For?

Available by prescription only, Absorica is used for the treatment of severe nodular acne in adults and children as young as 12 years old. This prescription acne medicine comes as a capsule that is taken by mouth. It is approved for use only after other forms of treatment have failed. There are also some "off-label" uses for Absorica, such as treating certain types of cancer.

An Overview of Uses for Absorica

Absorica™ (isotretinoin) is an effective but potentially dangerous acne medication that is available by prescription only. It is very similar to Accutane®. However, it is not exactly the same as Accutane, or generic versions of Accutane, due to differences in how well the drug is absorbed; Absorica is absorbed well with or without food, while the other isotretinoin products must be taken with food to achieve good absorption.
Unlike some other acne medications, Absorica is taken by mouth rather than applied to the skin. Although this drug can be quite effective with just one (or sometimes two) courses of treatment, it is reserved for people who have severe nodular acne that has not responded well to other treatments.
There are many types of acne, and nodular acne is one of the most severe. Nodules are large, painful, solid lesions that are lodged deep within the skin. Severe nodular acne involves many nodules, not just a few. Absorica is approved only for severe nodule acne; it is not approved for milder types.
Your dermatologist may recommend the use of Absorica if other acne treatments have not worked. However, because this drug can also cause birth defects, it is important that you are not pregnant and do not plan on getting pregnant while taking it.
Women must use two methods of birth control at the same time during treatment. This is done for one month before acne treatment begins, during acne treatment, and for a full month after stopping the drug. Talk with your dermatologist about when it is safe to get pregnant.

Absorica Acne Medication Information

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