Guide To Isotretinoin (Accutane)

Uses And Benefits 

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Isotretinoin is most commonly used to treat severe cases of nodular acne. Generally, the medication is only considered for individuals who have not responded to antibiotics or other treatments. Certain doctors may choose to prescribe it as an off-label treatment for moderate acne that is resistant to other treatments. This medication may also be used for acne that causes scars or psychological distress to the patient. In these situations, isotretinoin may be prescribed at a lower dose than the standard dose for nodular acne. 

Some studies indicate that this medication may be beneficial for use in cutaneous T-cell lymphoma patients. The medication may also be used to prevent squamous cell carcinoma of the skin in patients who are at high risk for this condition. With a shorter half-life than similar medicines, some dermatologists consider isotretinoin to be the preferred treatment for female patients of child-bearing age with a high risk of skin cancer.

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