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What Is Amnesteem Used For?

Adults and children as young as 12 years old may use Amnesteem if they have severe nodular acne that has not responded to other treatments. This prescription medicine is similar to vitamin A and works by decreasing the production of an oily substance that contributes to acne. A healthcare provider may also recommend this drug for treating certain types of cancer; however, this would be an unapproved use.

An Overview of Uses for Amnesteem

Amnesteem® (isotretinoin) is a prescription acne medication that is taken by mouth. Although it 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. Amnesteem is approved only for severe nodule acne; it is not approved for milder types of acne.
Your dermatologist may prescribe Amnesteem 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.

How Does This Medication 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 (one 15- to 20-week course often clears up acne permanently).

Amnesteem Acne Medication

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