Isotretinoin is a retinoid, which is a type of Vitamin A. Retinoids are thought to influence the way cells grow and develop and hence have been effective in the treatment of different types of cancer. It has recently been shown to improve survival in patients with neuroblastoma. Isotretinoin is also known as 13-cis-retinoic acid.
Please inform your doctor if you (or your child) experience any other side effects or if the side effects become severe and bothersome.
Although uncommon, there have been reports of psychiatric reactions (e.g. depression, mood swings, anxiety) in adolescents and adults who use isotretinoin for acne conditions. Please inform your doctor immediately if you(or your child) experience any of these reactions.
Very rarely, it may cause thinning of the bone (osteoporosis) which could lead to weakness of the bone, bone fractures or delay in healing of the fractures.
Isotretinoin is recommended to be taken with food and is usually taken twice daily.
Swallow capsules whole with a full glass of water.
Other ways if you are unable to swallow whole capsule:
If you forget a dose, take it as soon as you remember. If it is nearer to the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose. Do not take two doses at the same time.
Do not repeat dose if vomiting occurs after dose has been administered, wait until the next scheduled dose. Contact the pharmacist or doctor if you (or your child) repeatedly miss doses due to vomiting, even with the administration of anti-vomiting medicine.
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