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Sotret Side Effects

Because Sotret can cause serious side effects, it is important to be aware of the problems that require immediate medical treatment. For example, notify your healthcare provider right away if you are taking this acne medicine and experience a rash with blisters, vision changes, or seizures. Fortunately, reactions to this drug tend to be minor. Other possible side effects include dizziness, headaches, and insomnia.

An Overview of Side Effects of Sotret

Just like any medicine, Sotret™ (isotretinoin) can cause side effects. However, not everyone who takes the medication will have problems. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well. If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or are treated easily by you or your healthcare provider. However, very serious reactions are possible, which is one of the reasons why this medication is reserved for use in severe cases of acne that have not responded to other treatments.
 
(This article covers many, but not all, of the possible Sotret side effects. Your healthcare provider can discuss a more complete list with you.)
 

Serious Sotret Side Effects

It is important to understand that Sotret is a generic version of Accutane®. This means that any of the risks known to occur with Accutane can also occur with Sotret.
 
Some side effects of Sotret are potentially serious and should be reported immediately to your healthcare provider. These include but are not limited to:
 
  • A rash with blisters or with sores in the mouth or throat, especially if skin peeling occurs, as this may be a sign of potentially life-threatening problems known as Stevens-Johnson syndrome and toxic epidermal necrolysis
 
 
 
  • Signs of psychiatric changes, such as:
 
    • Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, or helplessness
    • Loss of pleasure or interest in activities
    • A sad mood
    • Hopelessness
    • Fatigue
    • Difficulty concentrating
    • Changes in sleep pattern
    • Changes in weight or appetite
    • Suicidal thoughts or attempts
    • Restlessness or irritability
    • Acting on dangerous impulses
    • Hallucinations or delusions
 
 
 
 
  • Ringing of the ears (tinnitus) or hearing loss
 
  • Signs of liver damage, such as:
 
    • Yellowing of the whites of the eyes or skin (jaundice)
    • Upper-right abdominal (stomach) pain
    • High liver enzymes
 
  • Broken bones, which may be a sign of thinning bones (osteoporosis)
 
  • Any vision changes
 
  • Changes in blood sugar
 
 
 
    • Vision or speech changes
    • Weakness or numbness in an arm or leg
    • Severe headache
 
  • Signs of an allergic reaction, such as:
 
    • An unexplained rash
    • Hives
    • Itching
    • Unexplained swelling (especially of the lips, mouth, or throat)
    • Wheezing or other breathing problems.
 

Sotret Acne Medication Information

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