Accutane Acne Medication
Accutane® (isotretinoin) is a medicine approved to treat severe nodular acne that has not responded to other treatments. This medication is approved for use in adults and children as young as 12 years old.
As a prescription acne medication, Accutane works by affecting the sebaceous glands. These glands produce sebum (an oily substance), and Accutane works by reducing the size of the sebaceous glands and decreasing sebum production.
The medication also corrects abnormal keratinization (which causes a buildup of cells within hair follicles), a problem that contributes to acne. It is not entirely clear as to why Accutane causes such long-lasting, anti-acne effects.
Accutane comes in the form of a capsule and is typically taken twice a day with food. Although most people tolerate Accutane well, it is not suitable for everyone. Before starting treatment with this medication, warnings and precautions should be fully reviewed with your healthcare provider.
For example, make sure your healthcare provider is aware of any other medical conditions you may have and any other medications you are taking (including vitamins and non-prescription medicines) before using Accutane.
(Click Accutane for more detailed information on this acne drug. This article discusses potential side effects, dosing guidelines, general precautions, and more.)