Isotretinioin has helped many patients with severe acne problems. It is, however, an extremely powerful drug that can cause a variety of side-effects. Even though many of these side-effects are rare, some of them are dangerous; you will be monitored for your safety while taking this drug. However, as a patient, it is your responsibility to report any troubles that you are experiencing with your doctor while taking this medication.
Common but mild side-effects:
Dryness is the most common side effect of Accutane. It is an almost universal reaction when first taking medication. Dryness can also affect the eyes and lips. Although most cases of dryness are relatively mild, if they are left untreated, they can become irritating. Severe drying can cause the skin to crack, leading to inflammation, slower healing, and increase the chance of infection.
Moisturize your skin properly.
Mild cortisone may help if you have inflammation.
Sun protection becomes more important if you have dry lips as it becomes more prone to sun damage.
Artificial tears may help if you have dry eyes.
Approximately one in seven people that take Accutane experience thinning hair, although this is a temporary effect in most cases.
Thinning hair is temporary.
If the problem persists, see a dermatologist.
Fatigue and Headaches
Fatigue is a common complaint with those who take Accutane. Headaches are also reported. Both affect about 1 in 5 people taking the medication. Most of these side-effects are more common in the initial month of taking the drug, and are relatively mild problems. If the problem persists, or if it is severe, call your doctor.
Both of these effects tend to fade with time as the body becomes used to the drug.
If they persist or are serious, donít delay calling your doctor.