Roacuttane (Isotretinoin) is an internal drug prescribed for severe or resistant acne. The medication can only be prescribed by a dermatologist in the UK.
It is prescribed for patients with severe acne where other treatments have failed. Patients are closely monitored during the treatment period. Treatment can last a number of months during which time full assessments every month are carried out.
Isotretinoin, is an anti inflammatory medication derived from vitamin A that lessens the sebum production in the skin which is thought to decrease the bacteria in the skin and in turn improve severe acne. Common side effects can include (but is not limited to) dry lips, skin and eyes, so a good moisturiser should be used to help relieve these symptoms.
Reports of psychiatric side effects have been associated with this treatment. It is also commonly acknowledged however, that having severe acne also causes psychiatric disorders. Because of this potential side effect the patients mood will also be monitored during the treatment period.
Patients who are pregnant cannot have isotretinoin, female patients must take regular pregnancy tests during treatment and follow a pregnancy prevention plan.
If you are suffering from acne, please consider an online consultation for further advice ( note: Roaccutane/isotretinoin cannot be prescribed remotely) or see your GP or local specialist.
Frequently Asked Questions
We can of course give some expert advice using the online consultation, there are some drugs that cannot be remotely prescribed, Roaccutane is a drug that we would not prescribe remotely. It is simply a too powerful drug; the patient needs to be monitored closely including blood tests prior and repeated blood test usually after the first few weeks.
Before taking Roacuttane , the patient does need to discuss and understand the possible side effects from Roaccutane , The most publicised side effect has been depression. It is therefore important that the patient’s family and friends are aware that they are taking this drug so that if any mood changes are noticed, they can be reported immediately to their doctor. Most patients develop a degree of facial dry skin, particularly the lips and nose, which in some cases can become very red and sore. As with any medicine, the complete list of possible side effects is long, and the tablet information leaflet should be read and kept by the patient.