Roaccutane 10mg Caps 30’s
What Roaccutane contains:
- The active substance in Roaccutane is isotretinoin.
- The other ingredients are refined soya-bean oil, hydrogenated soya-bean oil, partially hydrogenated soya-bean oil, yellow beeswax, gelatin, glycerol, sorbitol (see section 2), mannitol, hydrogenated hydrolysed starch, titanium dioxide (E171), red iron oxide (E172), printing ink containing shellac, black iron oxide (E172) and propylene glycol.
Roaccutane comes in soft capsules containing either 10 mg or 20 mg isotretinoin.
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Roaccutane contains isotretinoin – a substance related to vitamin A, and one of a group of medicines called retinoids (for treatment of acne).
Roaccutane is used to treat severe types of acne (such as nodular or conglobate acne, or acne that is at risk of causing permanent scarring) in adults and adolescents from 12 years of age only after puberty. You will use Roaccutane when your acne has not got better with anti-acne treatments, including antibiotics and skin treatments.
Roaccutane treatment must be supervised by a dermatologist (a doctor specialised in the treatment of skin problems).
What you need to know before you take Roaccutane
Do not take Roaccutane:
- If you are pregnant or breast-feeding
- If there is any chance you could become pregnant, you must follow the precautions under “Pregnancy prevention programme”, see section on “Warnings and precautions”.
- If you are allergic to isotretinoin, peanut or soya or any other ingredients of this medicine
- If you have liver disease
- If you have very high levels of blood fats (e.g. high cholesterol or triglycerides)
- If you have very high levels of vitamin A in your body (hypervitaminosis A)
- If you are receiving treatment with tetracyclines (a type of antibiotic) at the same time (see “Other medicines and Roaccutane”)
If any of these apply to you, go back to your doctor before taking any Roaccutane.
Warnings and precautions
Talk to your doctor or pharmacist before taking Roaccutane:
- If you have ever had any kind of mental health problems. This includes depression, aggressive tendencies or mood changes. It also includes thoughts about hurting yourself or ending your life. This is because your mood may be affected while taking Roaccutane
Children and adolescents
The use of Roaccutane in children under the age of 12 is not recommended. This is because it is not known if it is safe or effective in this age group.
Use in adolescents over 12 years of age only after puberty.
Other medicines and Roaccutane
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking, have recently taken or might take any other medicines including herbal and non-prescription products.
- Do not take vitamin A supplements or tetracyclines (a type of antibiotic), or use any skin treatments for acne while you are on Roaccutane. It is fine to use moisturisers and emollients (skin creams or preparations that prevent water loss and have a softening effect on the skin).
- Avoid the use of topical keratolytic or exfoliative anti-acne agents while you are on Roaccutane.
How to take Roaccutane
Always take Roaccutane exactly as your doctor has told you. Check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.
The usual starting dose is 0.5 mg per kilogram body weight per day (0.5 mg/kg/day). So if you weigh 60 kg, your dose will usually start at 30 mg a day.
Take the capsules once or twice daily.
Take on a full stomach. Swallow them whole, with a drink or a mouthful of food.
After a few weeks your doctor may adjust your dose. This depends on how you are getting on with your medicine. For most patients the dose will be between 0.5 and 1.0 mg/kg/day. If you think that Roaccutane is too strong or too weak, talk to your doctor or pharmacist.
If you have severe kidney problems, you will usually start on a lower dose (such as 10 mg/day) which will be increased up to the highest dose your body can tolerate. If your body can’t tolerate the recommended dose, you may be prescribed a lower dose: that can mean you are treated for longer and your acne might be more likely to come back.
A course of treatment usually lasts for 16 to 24 weeks. Most patients only need one course. Your acne may continue to improve for up to 8 weeks after treatment. You won’t usually start another course until then.
Some people find their acne gets worse during the first weeks of treatment. It usually improves as treatment goes on.
Specification: Roaccutane 10mg Caps 30’s