Isotretinoin (the generic name for many brands which include: Acnotin, Dercutane, Eratin, Isotroin, Isotret, Isdiben etc) is a retinoid, (vitamin A derivatives). Isotretinoin oral and topical gel decreases the size and activity of the sebaceous glands in the skin reducing the amount of sebum produced, stopping the glands becoming blocked.
Ordering options for Isotretinoin (oral) are below.
No prescription is needed, some pharmacies will need a consultation via online questionnaire to enable their staff physician to issue a prescription (free consultation)
Pharmacies deliver to all countries worldwide unless stated in the delivery terms column.
Isotretinoin is used for severe acne and can have serious Isotretinoin side effects
Additional information and cautions about Isotretinoin
belongs to a group of medicines known as retinoids, (derivatives of vitamin A). Isotretinoin oral and topical gel works by reducing the production of the skins natural oil (sebum). Nodulocystic
Acne (also referred to as Cystic Acne) occurs due to an excessive production of sebum from over-active sebaceous glands in the skin and may consist of comedones and inflammatory
lesions, as well as deeper nodules and cysts. The bacteria associated with acne feed on the sebum and produce waste products and fatty acids that irritate the sebaceous glands, making
them inflamed and causing spots. Isotretinoin decreases the size and activity of the sebaceous glands which reduces the amount of sebum produced. This stops the glands becoming blocked.
Isotretinoin is used to treat severe forms of acne only, possible severe side effects include:
birth defects, premature births, mental problems, fainting, convulsions, impaired vision,
abdominal pain and dry skin. Strictly not recommended for pregnant, lactating mothers,
people with allergies and children. Important Note: Pregnancy should be avoided for at least
one month after stopping isotretinoin treatment. Indeed, regular pregnancy tests (monthly)
should be undertaken while being treated with Isotretinoin.
Types of Acne that respond to treatment with Isotretinoin
Not all types of acne should be treated by Isotretinoin which is only approved to treat
Nodulocystic acne, although it is sometimes used by sufferers with scarring inflammatory acne.
Other types of acne vulgaris, namely comedonal acne and inflammatory acne are treated
by other medications. These include topical creams such as Retina A or Adapalene and others.
Antibiotics, such as erythromycin treat both nodulocystic and inflammatory acne, while
Minocycline (along with Isotretinoin) is used for nodulocystic acne only (due to side effects).
All 3 types of acne can respond to hormone therapy *(women only) via oral contraceptives,
containing norgestimate such as Ortho Tri-Cyclen, Ortho-Cyclen and Cilest.
See chart below to check the usual recommended treatment for the 3 types of acne vulgaris.