The medication must be prescribed and supervised by a specialist doctor and you’ll need to have a blood test before you start taking them, and several more on a regular basis during the treatment.
The pills will normally start to work after a week to 10 days of taking it and an impressive four in five people who use them have clear skin in just four months… but is it worth the side effects?
- have had an allergic reaction to isotretinoin, soya (the capsules contain soya) or any other medicines in the past
- have an inherited digestive disorder called fructose intolerance (the capsules contain sorbitol)
- To make sure isotretinoin capsules are safe for you, tell your doctor if you:
- have had a mental health illness like depression
- are pregnant or think you could be, or you’re breastfeeding
- have ever had an allergic reaction to isotretinoin or any other medicine
- have liver or kidney disease
- have high levels of cholesterol or other fats in your blood
- have high levels of vitamin A
- have Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis
- If you have diabetes, talk to your doctor before beginning treatment with isotretinoin capsules. You may need extra monitoring while you take isotretinoin capsules as this medicine can cause a rise in blood sugar levels.
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- anxiety, aggression and violence, changes in mood, or suicidal thoughts – these can be signs of depression or other mental health problems
- severe pain in your stomach with or without diarrhoea, feeling or being sick (nausea or vomiting) – these can be signs of a serious problem called pancreatitis
- bloody diarrhoea – this may be a sign of gastrointestinal bleeding
- a serious skin rash that peels or has blisters – the skin rash may come with eye infections, ulcers, a fever, and headaches
- difficulty moving your arms or legs, and painful, swollen or bruised areas of the body, or dark pee – these can be signs of muscle weakness
- yellow skin or the whites of your eyes turn yellow, difficulty peeing, or feeling very tired – these are signs of liver or kidney problems
- a bad headache that doesn’t go away and makes you feel sick or be sick
- sudden changes in eyesight, including not seeing as well at night
- It’s very rare, but isotretinoin capsules can sometimes cause depression or make it worse, and even make people feel suicidal.
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This post originally appeared on Daily Express :: Health Feed