What You Need to Know About Amnesteem
Important Information for Your Healthcare ProviderYou should talk with your healthcare provider prior to taking this medication if you have:
- Depression or any other mental illness
- High triglycerides
- Liver disease, such as liver failure, hepatitis, or cirrhosis
- Weak bones due to osteoporosis or other conditions
- Any allergies, including to foods, dyes, or preservatives.
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
- Pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant (see Accutane and Pregnancy)
- Breastfeeding (see Accutane and Breastfeeding).
Make sure to tell your healthcare provider about all other medications you are taking, including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
(Click Precautions and Warnings With Amnesteem to learn more, including information on who should not take the drug.)
How Does Amnesteem Work?
Amnesteem is a retinoid, which means it is similar to vitamin A. It works by affecting the sebaceous glands, which produce sebum (an oily substance). Amnesteem works by reducing the size of the sebaceous glands and decreasing sebum production.
The medication also corrects abnormal keratinization, which contributes to acne by causing a buildup of cells within hair follicles. It is not entirely clear as to why Amnesteem causes such long-lasting, anti-acne effects.