Generic Name: isotretinoin(eye so TRET i noyn)
Brand name: Accutane
Isotretinoin (accutane) can cause severe, life-threatening birth defects if the mother takes the medication during pregnancy. Even one dose of isotretinoin (accutane) can cause major birth defects of the baby's ears, eyes, face, skull, heart, and brain. Never use isotretinoin (accutane) if you are pregnant. Potentially any fetus exposed during pregnancy can be affected. There are no accurate means of determining whether an exposed fetus has been affected. Cases of IQ scores less than 85 with or without other abnormalities have been reported. There is an increased risk of spontaneous abortion, and premature births have been reported. Isotretinoin (accutane)is available only under a special program called iPLEDGE. You must be registered in the program and sign agreements to use birth control and undergo pregnancy testing as required by the program. Read all program brochures and agreements carefully.
Isotretinoin, a retinoid, is available as Accutane in 10-mg, 20-mg and 40-mg soft gelatin capsules for oral administration. Each capsule contains beeswax, butylated hydroxyanisole, edetate disodium, hydrogenated soybean oil flakes, hydrogenated vegetable oil, and soybean oil. Isotretinoin (accutane) is used to treat severe, disfiguring nodular acne. It should be used only after other acne medicines have been tried and have failed to help the acne. Isotretinoin (accutane) may also be used to treat other skin diseases as determined by your doctor. Isotretinoin (accutane) is a form of vitamin A. It reduces the amount of oil released by oil glands in your skin, and helps your skin renew itself more quickly.