Isotretinoin, also known by its original trade name Accutane, is a medicine used to treat severe cystic acne or stubborn acne that won’t respond to other treatments over a period of time.
Am I the Ideal Candidate?
When used properly, Accutane is a fantastic medication that can create life-changing results. This drug is metabolized by the liver, so we’ll need to perform lab tests before prescribing it, to ensure your liver is healthy enough for the medication. Once we ensure that you’re an ideal candidate, we’ll order more blood tests to be done once a month, throughout your treatment.
This medication requires monthly visits to a Certified Dermatology office, and monthly blood tests to ensure we do not encounter any problems (which we rarely do). Occasionally, we see the patient’s cholesterol and triglycerides increase slightly, but this is never usually a significant problem.