Accutane (Isotretinoin) will normally be prescribed as part of a treatment plan that is going to last for approximately six months. It is important to continue the treatment to its end once started in order to achieve the desired results and prevent the return of this unsightly, painful ailment. Isotretinoin shows great results for those who follow through and finish the treatment. Almost 70 % of users report acceptable results after a course of treatment. If acceptable results are not achieved then a second course of treatment is started immediately and this second course will show results for almost all patients. It is important to follow all instructions from your dermatologist during this time to increase your chances of success.
As stated earlier, Accutane Isotretinoin is a very potent medication and therefore its possible side effects must be carefully taken into consideration before deciding that it is the right choice to battle your nodular acne. One of the milder side effects of Accutane is its effect on how the body handles water. This can lead to a mild dehydration that may result for some in dry eyes, dry skin, and cracked lips. These can be annoying and may last for the entire length of treatment. Accutane has been known to affect liver function and should not be used by anyone who already has any kind of medical problem with their liver and frequent blood tests during treatment should be done in order to ensure proper liver function is maintained throughout. The most serious possible side effect only affects women and only those women who are of childbearing age. Birth defects may occur if Accutane (Isotretinoin) treatment is ongoing at the time of pregnancy. This risk subsides immediately once treatment is stopped, but women must be very careful to not get pregnant during the course of treatment.