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Sotret 20mg Capsule

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Isotretinoin(20.0 Mg)
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Medical Description

Sotret 20mg capsule contains isotretinoin as an active ingredient, It is a form of vitamin A. The medicine is used to treat acne which has not responded to other treatments like antibiotics. Acne is a...
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Uses of Sotret 20mg Capsule

Sotret 20mg capsule is used to treat severe acne which has not responded to treatment with antibiotics.

Contraindications of Sotret 20mg Capsule

  • If you are allergic to the medicine or other ingredients of the medicine.
  • If you are pregnant or are breastfeeding.
  • If you have high levels of lipids in the blood.
  • It must not be given to children below 12 years of age.

Side effects of Sotret 20mg Capsule

  • Drowsiness or dizziness
  • Dry eyes, mouth, nose or skin
  • Chapped lips
  • Vision or hearing problems
  • Allergic reactions

Precautions and Warnings of Sotret 20mg Capsule



Can I take the medicine during pregnancy?
  • The medicine is unsafe during pregnancy or if you are planning it. If you are a woman of childbearing age, discuss with the physician the importance of birth control methods and potential hazards to t...
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  • If you are pregnant or become pregnant, discontinue the treatment and seek a safer alternative.

Breast Feeding

Can I take the medicine while breastfeeding?
It is likely to pass into breast milk. It may stunt the baby's growth or cause medical problems. Avoid while breastfeeding.


Can I drive after consuming the medicine?
The medicine may cause dizziness or affect night vision. Avoid driving or operating tools and machines.


Can I consume alcohol while taking the medicine?
Taking alcohol along with the medicine is prohibited as it is known to cause nausea, vomiting and fast heartbeats.

Other General Warnings

Talk to your doctor if
  • You want to start, alter the dose or stop the medicine. After completing the course of the medicine, consult the doctor for further advice.
  • You have a medical condition like liver, kidney or heart-related problems.
  • You have brain-related problems.
  • You suffer from diabetes, the medicine increases your blood sugar.
  • You must not take vitamin A supplements along with the Sotret 20mg capsule.
  • You must avoid being in the sunlight for too long as the medicine may make you more sensitive to the Sun.
  • The medicine increases your blood cholesterol, you must avoid drinking alcohol.
  • Sotret 20mg capsule must not be given to children below 12 years.

Mode of Action of Sotret 20mg Capsule

How Does It Work?

Acne is a condition that occurs due to the clogging of skin pores due to dust, dead cells or excessive oil. The medicine decreases the oil secreted by oil glands and helps in the skin's quick renewal.

Directions for Use of Sotret 20mg Capsule

Take the dosage of Sotret 20mg capsule as stated by the doctor's prescription. Swallow as a whole with water after taking the food. You must not consume it more than the recommended dose.

Interactions of Sotret 20mg Capsule

Interactions with other medicines

You may develop high levels of Vitamin A in the body when taken along with Vitamin A supplements. You must not take them concurrently. You may suffer from high blood pressure when taken along with te...
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Interactions with food items

There are no reports of the medicine's interaction with food, avoid junk and oily food.

Storage and disposal of Sotret 20mg Capsule

Store at a cool and dry place, away from the reach of children and pets. Dispose of the unused capsules as advised by the doctor or pharmacist.

Dosage of Sotret 20mg Capsule


An overdose of the medicine may cause dizziness, facial flushing, headache, loss of balance, stomach pain and vomiting. In case of symptoms appear, seek medical help.

Missed a Dose

If you have missed taking Sotret 20mg capsule dosage, take it as soon as you remember it. If it's time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and follow the regular dosing schedule. Avoid taking a do...
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Content Details


Dr. Arpit Verma

MBBS, MD (Pharmacology)


Dr. Ritu Budania

MBBS, MD (Pharmacology)

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


Q: What should I inform the doctor about before using the medicine?

A: Report the complete medical history to the doctor. Let the doctor know if you are pregnant, planning a pregnancy or are breastfeeding.

Q: What is the ideal dosage of the medicine?

A: The dosage of the medicine is determined by the doctor based on several factors, including the medical test reports.

Q: Can I suggest the medicine for people with a similar type of condition?

A: Never suggest the medicine to anyone, even if their condition is similar to yours. Only a qualified doctor must prescribe it.

Q: Is this medicine legal in India?

A: Yes, the medicine is legal in India and you can purchase it from the pharmacy by producing the doctor's prescription.

Q: Why is the medicine unsafe during pregnancy and breastfeeding?

A: The medicine might harm the unborn baby. It is known to pass into the breastmilk which is harmful to the infant. Thus unsafe during both pregnancy and breastfeeding.


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ContainsIsotretinoin(20.0 Mg)
Side effectsDrowsiness, dry eyes/ mouth/skin, chapped lips, vision and hearing problems
Last Updated on: 24 Jun 2021 | 11:16 AM (IST)
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