Oral isotretinoin, also known as Accutane or Roaccutane, is a very powerful prescription medicine that can help prevent scarring formed by severe cystic acne. It's the only therapy which fights all of the major causes of acne - excess oil production, clogged pores, and inflammation and P. acnes.
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Accutane is administered in pill form. The pill is made from a synthetic retinoid (a form of vitamin A). Many studies done on Accutane, report a 90-percent success rate. This means that patients have reported their acne disappearing completely after 15 to 20 weeks of treatment.
Many people taking Accutane are often doubtful at the beginning of treatment as acne can get worse. But in the case of Accutane "sometimes things get worse before they get better" and the improvement usually becomes visible within 2 weeks.
Although Accutane has the unique efficacy on acne, it isn't prescribed to everyone due to a number of potential side effects - such as dry skin, lips and nasal passage or pink eyes. The most serious side effect of Accutane is the high possibility of exposing your developing fetus to severe birth defects. Therefore, you should never take Accutane if you are pregnant or trying to become pregnant. In general, Accutane is only prescribed by doctors if you have had enormous resistance to every other acne treatment and failed.
Accutane is an expensive treatment method, costing approximately $2000 for 20-weeks of treatment