Acne Home > Claravis

Taking Claravis capsules twice daily for 15 to 20 weeks can help clear up severe nodular acne when other forms of treatment have failed. This medicine is available by prescription only and is a generic version of Accutane. Because this drug can cause birth defects and fetal death, there are mandatory steps a woman of childbearing potential must take to ensure this drug is not taken during pregnancy.

What Is Claravis?

Claravis™ (isotretinoin) is a prescription acne medication. It is a generic version of Accutane®, a brand-name drug that is no longer manufactured.
Claravis is approved to treat severe nodular acne that has not responded to other treatments. It can be quite effective, with long-lasting effects after a single 15- or 20-week course. However, this drug can cause serious side effects and is extremely dangerous for pregnant women. As a result, there are strict rules and regulations for prescribing and dispensing it.
(Click What Is Claravis Used For? for more information on this topic, including possible off-label uses.)

Are There Side Effects?

Just like any medicine, Claravis may cause side effects. However, not everyone who takes the drug will experience problems. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well. However, serious reactions are also possible.
Some of the possible side effects of Claravis include but are not limited to:
(Click Claravis Side Effects to learn more, including potentially serious side effects you should report immediately to your healthcare provider.)
Written by/reviewed by:
Last reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;
Last updated/reviewed:
List of references (click here):
Other Articles in This eMedTV Presentation

Topics & Medications


Related Channels

eMedTV Links
Copyright © 2006-2020 Clinaero, Inc.

eMedTV serves only as an informational resource. This site does not dispense medical advice or advice of any kind. Site users seeking medical advice about their specific situation should consult with their own physician. Click Terms of Use for more information.

This site complies with the HONcode standard for trustworthy health information:
verify here.