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Isotret 20mg Capsule

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Isotretinoin(20.0 Mg)
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Medical Description

The generic name of Isotret 20mg Cap is isotretinoin, which is a derivative of vitamin A. It is used for the management of skin conditions.

Uses of Isotret 20mg Cap

Skin cancer Severe acne (specifically nodular acne)

Contraindications of Isotret 20mg Cap

  • Allergic to this medicine or other vitamin A medicines
  • Liver diseases
  • Children under 12 years of age
  • High levels of lipids (cholesterol/triglycerides) in your blood
  • Increased levels of vitamin A in your body

Side effects of Isotret 20mg Cap

  • Chapped lips
  • Dizziness
  • Drowsiness
  • Kidney ailments
  • Bleeding issues
  • Dry eyes, mouth or skin
  • The dry nose that may lead to nosebleeds, headache and temporary worsening of acne
  • Stomach/pancreas problems

Precautions and Warnings of Isotret 20mg Cap


Can I take Isotret 20mg Cap during pregnancy?
Do not use this medicine if you are pregnant as it is known to cause serious birth defects in the foetus. A doctor's consultation is advised regarding the use of medicines during pregnancy.

Breast Feeding

Can I take Isotret 20mg Cap while breastfeeding?
You must not take this medicine in the period of breastfeeding. The medicine is likely to pass into breastmilk and may harm the baby.


Can I drive if I have consumed this medicine?
Always be cautious when driving at night because this medicine may affect your night vision. It can also cause drowsiness and dizziness.


Can I consume alcohol with this medicine?
It is unsafe to consume alcohol with this medicine as it can lead to nausea/vomiting and increase in heart rate.

Other General Warnings

Talk to your doctor if
  • You are a woman of childbearing age (do not plan pregnancy immediately after stopping this medicine as some amount of medicine continues to stay in the body even after stopping the treatment)
  • You experience depression, aggressive tendencies, mood changes or thoughts about hurting yourself or ending your life after administering this medicine
  • You have high levels of liver enzymes or cholesterol
  • You feel extreme dryness of the skin after taking this medicine. In that case, kindly use moisturisers
  • Your skin sensitivity to sunlight has increased after the use of this medicine

Mode of Action of Isotret 20mg Cap

How Does It Work?

The composition of Isotret 20mg Cap decreases the amount of oil released by oil glands in your skin and helps your skin to renew itself more quickly. This medicine is used to treat severe nodular acne, which is not responding to other treatments, including antibiotics.
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Directions for Use of Isotret 20mg Cap

You should adhere to the dosage of Isotret 20mg Cap as instructed by the doctor.

Interactions of Isotret 20mg Cap

Interactions with other medicines

  • Tetracycline
  • Contraceptive pills containing only progesterone
  • Anticonvulsant medications
  • Other forms of vitamin A medicines

Interactions with food items

Abstain from eating oily and junk food during the period of this medication.

Other general Interactions

Pregnant or breastfeeding women, children less than 12 years, and individuals with liver disease, high levels of lipids (cholesterol, triglycerides) and vitamin A in your body (hypervitaminosis A) and who are on the prescription of tetracyclines (a type of antibiotic medicine) must refrain from the use of this medicine.
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Storage and disposal of Isotret 20mg Cap

Store this medication at room temperature devoid from light, moisture and heat. This medicine must be disposed through standard procedures of waste management.

Dosage of Isotret 20mg Cap


Symptoms of an overdose of Isotret 20mg Cap may include dizziness, facial flushing, headache, loss of balance, stomach pain, and vomiting. Immediately consult your doctor or seek medical help in case of overdose.
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Missed a Dose

The missed dose should be made up as quickly as it is recalled. It should be skipped if it is nearly time for the impending scheduled dose. In case, you must adhere to the regular dosing schedule.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


Q: Can I take this medicine without a prescription?

A: No, this medicine should only be bought with a valid prescription from the doctor.

Q: I was taking this medicine and then, I realized that I am pregnant. What should I do?

A: Immediately stop taking this medicine and inform your doctor about your pregnancy status. This medicine can seriously harm the unborn baby. The decision to continue or discontinue the administration of this medicine during pregnancy should be taken in consultation with your doctor as there are high chances of having a baby with defects.

Q: Does side effects go away immediately if I stop this medicine?

A: Most of the side effects of this medicine go away in a few weeks after stopping this medicine. However, you should not stop the use of this medicine and instead consult a doctor if you are experiencing side effects with this medicine.

Q: Does this medicine cause hair loss?

A: You might experience hair loss or thinning of hair as a side effect of this medicine. The hair starts growing back once you stop this medicine.

Q: How long do you take this medicine?

A: This medicine to be taken for the time period advised by your doctor, which is decided based on your condition.
Last Updated on: 31 Jul 2020 | 07:00 PM (IST)
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