What is Accutane?

Category: Prescription Drugs

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Generic name: Isotretinoin

Accutane 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 10 8
Acne breakout 8 9
Pain 1 1
Skin abscess 1 1
Skin lesions 1 0
Skin problems 1 1

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

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 3
Moderate 4
Mild 7
None 1

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Accutane

Side effect Patients
Dry skin 6
Dry eyes 2
Dry lips 2
Anger 1
Back pain 1
Chronic constipation 1

Show all 13 reported side effects

Why patients stopped taking Accutane

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Course of treatment ended 9
Doctor's advice 4
Side effects too severe 4
Did not seem to work 1
Other 1
See all 14 patients who've stopped taking Accutane

Duration

Stopped taking Accutane

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 6
6 months - 1 year 5
1 - 2 years 1
10 years or more 2
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 14
Usually 1
Sometimes 0
Never taken as prescribed 0
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 2
Somewhat hard to take 2
A little hard to take 3
Not at all hard to take 8
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 2
$50-99 1
$25-49 2
< $25 2
Not specified 8

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Accutane after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Adapalene (Differin) 1
Benzoyl Peroxide-Clindamycin Topical (Benzaclin topical) 1
Clindamycin topical (Dalacin T) 1
Spironolactone (Aldactone) 1
Sulfamethoxazole-Trimethoprim (cotrimoxazole) (Bactrim) 1
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1 patient evaluation for Accutane

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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