What is Isotretinoin?

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Isotretinoin is an acne product used in the treatment of severe acne unresponsive to conventional therapy. It is being used for treatment of children with metastatic neuroblastoma or leukemia that does not respond to conventional therapy.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Acne 28 17
Acne breakout 12 11
Folliculitis 1 1
Oily facial skin 1 0
Pain 1 1
Skin abscess 1 1

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 4
Moderate 11
Mild 9
None 1

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Isotretinoin

Side effect Patients
Dry skin 10
Depressed mood 4
Dry lips 4
Dry eyes 3
Dry mouth 3
Back pain 2

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Isotretinoin

Dosage Patients
20 mg daily 1
20 mg twice daily 1

Why patients stopped taking Isotretinoin

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Reason Patients
Course of treatment ended 20
Doctor's advice 7
Other 6
Side effects too severe 5
Did not seem to work 2
Expense 1
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Duration

Currently taking Isotretinoin

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 1
6 months - 1 year 1
2 - 5 years 1

Stopped taking Isotretinoin

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 2
1 - 6 months 12
6 months - 1 year 10
1 - 2 years 2
5 - 10 years 1
10 years or more 3
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 22
Usually 2
Sometimes 0
Never taken as prescribed 1
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 3
Somewhat hard to take 5
A little hard to take 6
Not at all hard to take 11
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 2
$50-99 2
$25-49 4
< $25 5
Not specified 12

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Isotretinoin after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Adapalene (Differin) 1
Benzoyl Peroxide-Clindamycin Topical (Benzaclin topical) 1
Clindamycin topical (Dalacin T) 1
Cyproterone-ethinyl estradiol (CyEstra-35) 1
Doxycycline (Doxylin) 1

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2 patient evaluations for Isotretinoin

May 1, 2012 (Started Dec 01, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for acne)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (dizziness, nosebleeds (epistaxis), loss of energy, depressed mood, dizziness with nausea, headaches, social anxiety, fatigue)
  • Adherence
    Never taken as prescribed
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 60 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Dec 2, 2011 (Started Dec 01, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for acne)
  • Side effects
    Mild (dizziness, nosebleeds (epistaxis), loss of energy, depressed mood, dizziness with nausea, headaches, social anxiety, fatigue)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 60 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

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Feb 26, 2010 (Started Jul 02, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for acne breakout)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for skin problems)
  • Side effects
    Severe (anger, rage)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Advice & Tips: My face was clearing up. and unexpected was very angry and at time voilet, headaches nand more body aches.... and my sugar was increased. So Dr. said I needed to stop....
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: anger, rage

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