Accutane (Isotretinoin) Review

(Last Updated On: November 24, 2015)

What Is Accutane?

Accutane (AKA Roaccutane) is a highly potent acne medication

roaccutaneAccutane (or Roaccutane) is the brand name of Isotretinoin.

It is a medication belonging to a group of medicines called retinoids. These are chemical derivatives of Vitamin A.

The way in which isotretinoin works is by halting the production of sebum (oil) and reducing inflammation.

 It is usually reserved for patients with severe acne such as (acne conglobata) that doesn’t respond to any other form of treatment.

It is occasionally used for other skin conditions such as Rosacea.

Accutane can only be prescribed by a dermatologist or a skin specialist. Your doctor cannot prescribe this medication.

Accutane is extremely effective, many patients receive partial or complete remission from their acne and in many cases, this can be permanent even when medication is stopped.

Accutane Side Effects

Accutane has an extensive list of extremely serious side effects which is why it requires regular blood testing, pregnancy testing and very strict patient compliance.

An article in the Daily Mail online links the drug to depression and suicide (though this has been disputed).

In 2009, its manufacturers Roche ended up withdrawing the drug from use in the US after a rather costly lawsuit ensued, where a high profile American actor spoke out about how Accutane lead to him suffering from bowel disease. He won his case and Roche had to admit defeat by taking he drug off the market.

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The side effects can include;

  • Dry Skin And Lips chapped lips
  • Dry Eyes
  • Nose Bleeds
  • Joint And Muscular Pain
  • Bone Changes
  • Depression 
  • Decreased Night Vision
  • Sensitivity To Sunlight
  • Increased Cholesterol Levels 
  • Possible Liver Toxicity

Woman who are prescribed accutane have to sign a declaration understanding that you must not get pregnant due to the serious birth defects associated with this medication and are willing to use birth control methods to prevent this

How Is Accutane Taken?

Accutane should normally be taken once a day with food.

The dose required will be calculated by how much you weigh and may be adjusted accordingly throughout your treatment.

Before starting treatment with accutane, women must have a pregnancy test before and within 11 days of starting treatment.

Ideally, treatment should begin on the second or third day of the next menstrual period if the pregnancy test result comes back negative.

woman about to take acne tabletsBirth control must be used for at least 4 weeks prior to starting treatment and should be continued for a month after discontinuing treatment.

Prescriptions for accutane must be dispensed within a week of being prescribed, preferably on the same day.

How Long Does Accutane Take To Work?

The results of accutane are usually dramatic but they do take time to work. Some users report that their acne gets slightly worse in the early stages of treatment but this usually resolves within the first month or so.

Most users receive treatment for 4-6 months.

Where Can I Buy Accutane In Ireland

If you think accutane could work for you, you will need to discuss your options with your doctor and then be evaluated by a dermatologist before any treatment can begin.

Accutane is not available without a doctors prescription, buying online without medical supervision is highly risky

The good news is you don’t have to resort to drastic measures to help clear your acne, there are natural alternatives that can be just as effective without the serious and potentially serious side effects as a result.

Take A Look At Our Recommended Natural Acne Treatments Here


The information in this website is for advice and guidance only. It is based on my own intensive research and personal experiences, and is not intended in any way to replace professional medical advice, or to diagnose or treat any health conditions. All rights reserved.