Isotretinoin is used to treat acne, and sometimes other skin conditions.
Take isotretinoin regularly as directed with food and a glass of water.
If it is nearly time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take your next dose at the usual time. Otherwise, take the missed dose as soon as you remember. Do not take two doses at the same time.
Some medicines available without a prescription may react with isotretinoin including:
Tell your pharmacist or doctor about all medicines or treatments that you may be taking, including vitamins, herbal products or recreational drugs.
|Side Effects||Recommended action|
Low mood, unusual behaviour or thinking
Headache, changes in vision, pounding in one or both ears (may be intracranial hypertension)
|Tell your doctor immediately|
Dry or irritated skin, lips, eyes, mouth or nose (including nose bleeds)
|Use moisturiser, lip balm and eye drops. Tell your health professional if troublesome.|
Trouble seeing at night
|Take care when driving at night. Tell your doctor if troublesome.|
Joint, muscle or bone aches and pains
More sensitive to sunlight (sunburn or rash)
Hair loss or thinning
|Tell your doctor if troublesome|
If you notice any other effects, discuss them with your doctor or pharmacist.
This leaflet contains important, but not all, information about this medicine.
Prepared by the PILs Committee at Christchurch Hospital, Canterbury District Health Board, New Zealand. October 2021
For more general information about this sheet annd its contents, see: What does a My Medicines sheet cover?
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