Isotretinoin (Accutane) As Rosacea Treatment
Isotretinoin has been used to treat severe acne for some time, and the drug name Accutane is one of most well known. In treating acne, isotretinoin is known for being extremely effective in treating severe acne, but at the cost of possibly serious side-effects such as liver toxicity, depression.
When used to treat Rosacea
The course of expected result is a little different from that of acne treatment. It takes considerably more time before significant improvement can be seen. This drug acts on the oil glands that produce sebum, so those who suffer from acne symptoms as well will notice that isotretinion will improve this quickly.
Common questions about isotretinoin
Can I take other medications?
There are some drug interactions that patients should be aware of. Those that are allergic to paraben should avoid taking isotretinoin. Use of isotretinion may also reduce the level of Carbamazepine.
Why haven't I heard of isotretinion?
Isotretinion is generally reserved for severe cases of rosacea. For most cases, there are other treatments that work to reduce rosacea symptoms. The brand name of drugs are often more well known in the public. Isotretinoin is sold under many brands under different drug companies such as Accutane®, Roaccutane®, Accure®, Claravis®, or Epuris®.
I heard that isotretinion is a dangerous drug. Is this true?
Isotretinion is a powerful systemic drug that can potentially have serious side-effects, but it is not a bad or dangerous drug when used responsibly. One of the serious and absolute contraindications is taking the drug during pregnancy, as the drug is teratogenic-causing serious birth defects. Used responsibly, and under the care of an expert doctor, however, the drug can be taken responsibly. It is important however, that the doctor and patient discuss and understand the risks involved.