Description and Brand Names

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US Brand Name

  1. Absorica
  2. Accutane
  3. Amnesteem
  4. Claravis
  5. Myorisan
  6. Sotret
  7. Zenatane


Isotretinoin is used to treat severe, disfiguring nodular acne. It should be used only after other acne medicines have been tried and have failed to help the acne. Isotretinoin may also be used to treat other skin diseases as determined by your doctor.

Isotretinoin must not be used to treat women who are able to bear children unless other forms of treatment have been tried first and have failed. Isotretinoin must not be taken during pregnancy because it causes birth defects in humans. If you are able to bear children, it is very important that you read, understand, and follow the pregnancy warnings for isotretinoin.

This medicine is available only under a registered distribution program called the iPLEDGE™ program.

Once a medicine has been approved for marketing for a certain use, experience may show that it is also useful for other medical problems. Although these uses are not included in product labeling, isotretinoin is used in certain patients with the following medical conditions:

  • Folliculitis, gram-negative (bacterial infection of the skin on the face beginning near the nose).
  • Hidradenitis suppurativa (sweat gland problem).
  • Rosacea (red skin disorder of the face, usually of the nose and cheeks).
  • Thickened or patchy skin disorders, such as keratosis follicularis, palmoplantar keratoderma, lamellar ichthyosis, or pityriasis rubra pilaris.

This product is available in the following dosage forms:

  • Capsule
  • Capsule, Liquid Filled