Isotretinoin comes with a patient information form and medication guide. It is very important that you read and understand this information. Be sure to carefully follow these instructions and ask your doctor if you have any questions.
Women of reproductive age must sign up for a pregnancy risk program called iPLEDGE™ in order to receive their isotretinoin prescription each month. You can sign up on the internet (www.ipledge.com) or by telephone (1-866-495-0654). Be sure to ask your doctor if you have any questions about this program. It is very important that you understand and follow all of the requirements. You will not get another prescription unless you follow the instructions for the program.
Isotretinoin must not be taken by women of reproductive age unless two effective forms of contraception (birth control) have been used for at least 1 month before the beginning of treatment. Contraception must be continued during the period of treatment, which is up to 20 weeks, and for 1 month after isotretinoin is stopped. Be sure you have discussed this information with your doctor.
If you are a woman who is able to have children, you must have 2 pregnancy tests before beginning treatment with isotretinoin to make sure you are not pregnant. The second pregnancy test must be taken at least 19 days after the first test and during the first 5 days of the menstrual period immediately prior to beginning treatment. In addition, you must have a pregnancy test each month while you are taking this medicine and one month after treatment is completed.
Swallow the capsule whole with a full glass (8 ounces) of water or other liquid. Accutane(R) and its generic products should be taken with food. Absorica(TM) may be taken with or without food. Do not crush, break, or chew the capsule.
It is very important that you take isotretinoin only as directed by your doctor. Do not take more of it, do not take it more often, and do not take it for a longer time than your doctor ordered. To do so may increase the chance of side effects.
It is very important that you not share this medicine with anyone else because of the risk of birth defects and other serious side effects.
Absorica™ oral capsules should not be substituted with other forms of isotretinoin (e.g., Accutane®). Different brands may not work the same way. If you refill your medicine and it looks different, check with your pharmacist.
The dose of this medicine will be different for different patients. Follow your doctor's orders or the directions on the label. The following information includes only the average doses of this medicine. If your dose is different, do not change it unless your doctor tells you to do so.
The amount of medicine that you take depends on the strength of the medicine. Also, the number of doses you take each day, the time allowed between doses, and the length of time you take the medicine depend on the medical problem for which you are using the medicine.
- For oral dosage form (capsules):
- For acne:
- Adults and teenagers 12 years of age and older—Dose is based on body weight and must be determined by your doctor. The dose is usually 0.5 to 1 milligram (mg) per kilogram (kg) of body weight per day, divided and given in 2 doses. Your doctor may adjust your dose as needed.
- Children younger than 12 years of age—Use and dose must be determined by your doctor.
- For acne:
If you miss a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double doses.
Store the medicine in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light. Keep from freezing.
Keep out of the reach of children.
Do not keep outdated medicine or medicine no longer needed.
Ask your healthcare professional how you should dispose of any medicine you do not use.