Before using the medicine, they will be asked to sign a consent form stating that they understand the danger of taking isotretinoin during pregnancy and that they agree to use effective birth control.
Anyone who has had unusual reactions to etretinate, isotretinoin, tretinoin, vitamin A preparations, or benzoyl peroxide in the past should let the physician know before using an antiacne drug.
Sexually active adolescent females who are able to bear children should not use isotretinoin unless they have very severe acne that has not cleared up with the use of other antiacne drugs.
Sexually active young women being treated with isotretinoin must use a reliable contractive, and they need to use contraception for up to one month after stopping use of the drug.
Anyone who takes isotretinoin should let the physician know about all other medicines being used and should ask whether the possible interactions can interfere with drug therapy.
If the acne reappears, another course of isotretinoin may be needed by about 20 percent of patients, while another 20 percent may do well with topical drugs or oral antibiotics.
Females who are able to bear children should not use isotretinoin unless they have very severe acne that has not cleared up with the use of other antiacne drugs.
People using this drug should not donate blood to a blood bank while taking isotretinoin or for 30 days after treatment with the drug ends.
Other medical acne treatment includes antibiotic creams or pills, tretinoin (brand name Retin-A), and isotretinoin (brand name, Accutane).
In people with certain medical conditions, isotretinoin may increase the amount of triglyceride (a fatty-substance) in the blood.