Isotretinoin

Isotretinoin belongs to the group of drugs called Retinoids. It is commonly used to treat severe cystic acne, that is not getting better with other treatment methods. Isotretinoin reduces oil production on the face.

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I am suffering from mild to moderate acne for three months. Please tell me effective treatment.

Query: Hello doctor, I am a final year medical student. I am suffering from mild to moderate acne for three months. Acne is on my cheeks and chin, and it is papule, pustules, and scars. I am using tea tree oil and BioFade for three weeks but no effect. One doctor prescribed Isotretinoin, but I have not us...  Read Full »


Dr. Srinivas Goud B

Dermatologist, Cosmetologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. You mentioned that your acne started only three months ago. Hence there could be triggering factors like stress (you said). Therefore the best remedy to treat your acne is to address the triggering factor. In your case, you should try and avoid stress. Stress sometim...  Read Full »

I am suffering from acne issues inspite of using many medicines. Why?

Query: Hello doctor,I have been suffering from acne issues all of a sudden for five months. I and have consulted several dermatologists. I was put on several topical creams, and very recently on Isotretinoin 10 mg which did not work then I have put on Isotretinoin 20 mg this too has shown no results. I sti...  Read Full »


Dr. Shanza Ikram

Dermatologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have gone through your case. First, you need to understand pimples are common, and you may experience frequent exacerbation due to stress or harmonies. The previous history shows you have oily and acne-prone skin, and this time you have a severe breakout. In my opi...  Read Full »

Can AHA revitalizing lotion 20 be used for body acne?

Query: Hello doctor,I am 25 years old and I weigh 75 kg. To cure my persistent moderate body acne and KP of past 10 years which was not responding well with topical treatment, the dermatologist put me on Isotretinoin course starting with a dose of 5 mg. Along with this, he has also prescribed AHA Revitaliz...  Read Full »


Dr. Sunil Kothiwala

Dermatologist, Venereologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Regarding the dose of Isotretinoin, it can go up to 20 mg easily. There is no serious side effect except for dry and cracked lips. With regards to Glycolic Acid 20% lotion, I will suggest you use it for short period first then increase it slowly. Concomitant use of...  Read Full »

Is there a permanent remedy to get rid of psoriasis?

Query: Hello doctor, I would like to know a few details of the tablets which I have been taking for my scalp psoriasis. Winolap 5mg once in a while when itching is too high (without doctor's prescription). Isotretinoin drugs/other drugs (with doctor's prescription). I have been taking these medicines on a...  Read Full »


Dr. Rahul Rathee

General Medicine Physician, Internal Medicine Physician

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Isotretinoin is a potentially dangerous drug and in many countries there are very strict guidelines over its use. It basically contains retinoids which in simple language is a derivative of vitamin A. It is primarily used to treat severe cystic acne and I fail to und...  Read Full »

Could hormonal change be the reason for acne?

Query: Hello doctor, I had this acne situation for the past three months. I am not sure of the cause. It started from the side jawline till the cheeks, and it got worse. I tried Benzoyl peroxide and it only helps to control but does not get well, and the skin got dried. Is it a hormonal change? What can I...  Read Full »


Dr. Dilip Meena

Dermatologist, Venereologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Acne along the jawline and lower face can indeed be an indicator of hormonal imbalance. Do you have any menstrual irregularities, or facial hair growth or recent weight gain? I would appreciate if you send me the photograph to assess the severity and nature of your a...  Read Full »

Can I take Isotretinoin for my acne problem?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 28 year old male, having terrible acne issues since my teenage. Now I am married and a father of a child, and I still have pimples all the time. I have been treated for acne for many years. Some of the doctors suggested me to take Doxycycline 20 mg daily for 3 months. It delayed...  Read Full »


Dr. Kakkar

Dermatologist, HIV AIDS Specialist, Venereologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have reviewed the images (attachment removed to protect patient identity) Moderately severe to severe grade of acne and persisting since years such as in your case is an automatic choice for treatment with Oral Retinoids i.e Isotretinoin. You may continue with oth...  Read Full »

Does high-fat meal affect the absorption of Accutane?

Query: Hello doctor, It is said that "oral absorption of isotretinoin is enhanced when given with a high-fat meal." My meal, while on Accutane just has normal fat. Does it affect the absorption?  Read Full »


Dr. Divakara P

Diabetologist, Endocrinologist, General Medicine Physician, Internal Medicine Physician, Pain Medicine Physician, Pulmonologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Yes, absorption of Accutane (Isotretinoin) is enhanced with a high-fat meal, but it does not keep increasing with an increase in the fat intake. So, if your diet contains a moderate amount of fat, it is enough for the absorption of Accutane.  Read Full »

Will Isotretinoin affect my HIV and syphilis tests?

Query: Hi doctor, I was taking Isotretinoin tablet from four months, and I stopped taking it. I had dry mouth, sores, thick line inside cheeks, some rough patches inside cheeks and lips also. But even after stopping Isotretinoin, I still have these problems. I have a lot of hair loss, nearly 300 to 400 per...  Read Full »


Dr. Rajesh Deshwal

General Medicine Physician, HIV AIDS Specialist, Internal Medicine Physician

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Whatever you have described in your complaints are basically the side effects of Isotretinoin. You have no chance of HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) and syphilis. You can go ahead with your pregnancy plans. All the best. Best wishes. For more information consult an in...  Read Full »

I have been on Isotretinoin for four months. How to stop it?

Query: Hello doctor, I had a severe skin infection and almost cured under my doctor's medication. I have been prescribed Sotret 20 mg (Isotretinoin) for four months. I am married. So, should I continue this? Already four months are done, and progress is 80%. Whenever I am under Isotretinoin medication, p...  Read Full »


Dr. Rashmi Singh

Cosmetologist, Dermatologist, HIV AIDS Specialist, Venereologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Isotretinoin is a wonderful drug. The usual course of 20 mg a day lasts for around six months for an average weighed female. Different doctors do it differently. I prefer not to stop it abruptly but taper it gradually over a period of a month or two to decrease the ch...  Read Full »

If I stop Isotretinoin, will my acne come back?

Query: Hi doctor, I have been taking a course of Isotretinoin for the past 20 days and I am really happy to have a clear skin. I do not want acne anymore. Just I am thinking if acne will come back after I finish the course of treatment. I am 25 years and suffering from acne for the past four years. I have...  Read Full »


Dr. Salah Saad Shoman

General Medicine Physician, Internal Medicine Physician

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Isotretinoin works by decreasing the facial oil (sebum) production. Over the past 2 decades, Isotretinoin was the most clinically effective anti-acne therapy producing long-term remission and a significant improvement in many patients. However, the relapse rates within 2 ...  Read Full »

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