By Medicover Hospitals / 31 March 2021
Absorica is a vitamin A derivative used to treat severe nodular acne that has not responded to other treatments, including antibiotics. It works by reducing the production of facial oil (sebum). Sebum production can be excessive, resulting in severe acne.
- Absorica Uses
- Absorica Side effects
- Absorica Storage
- Absorica vs Accutane
- Frequently Asked Questions
This drug is used to treat severe cystic acne (also known as nodular acne) that has not responded to other treatments (e.g., benzoyl peroxide or clindamycin applied to the skin or tetracycline or minocycline taken orally). It is a retinoid, which is a type of drug.
How to use
Before you begin using this, and each time you get a refill, read the Medication Guide provided by your pharmacist. Before you begin taking this medication, read and sign the Patient Information.
Take the capsules whole. They should not be crushed or chewed. Isotretinoin is typically administered twice daily for 15-20 weeks, or as prescribed by your doctor. The instructions for the majority of generic forms of isotretinoin state that it should be taken with food. Food aids in the absorption of this medication into your bloodstream. Take this medication with a full glass of water and wait at least 10 minutes before lying down.
Your acne may worsen during the first few days of taking this medication, and it may take up to 1-2 months before you see the full benefit. If severe acne returns, a second course of treatment may be initiated after you have been off the medication for two months. Isotretinoin should not be used for an extended period of time. Do not exceed the recommended dose.
Women who are pregnant or may become pregnant should not take this medication or breathe the dust from the capsules because it can be absorbed through the skin and lungs and may harm an unborn baby.
Absorica Side Effects
More common side effects are:
Rare side effects are:
- Bone or joint pain
- Difficulty with moving
- Nose bleeds
- Skin infection or rash
- Suicidal attempts
- Bleeding or inflammation of the gums
- Blurred vision
- Changes in behavior
- Mental depression
- Pain or tenderness in the eyes
- Rectal bleeding
- Stomach pain
- Yellowing of eyes or skin
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to isotretinoin or any other vitamin A-related drugs (such as tretinoin), or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients (such as soybeans and parabens) that may cause allergic reactions or other issues.
Tell your doctor or pharmacist about your medical history, especially if you have diabetes, a family or personal history of high blood fats (triglycerides), mood issues, liver disease, obesity, eating disorders, pancreatitis, or bone loss conditions (decreased bone density).
Don't donate blood while taking this or for at least one month after stopping it.
This medication may increase your sensitivity to the sun. Limit your exposure to the sun. When going outside, use sunscreen. If you get sunburned or have skin blisters/redness, call your doctor right away.
Isotretinoin has the potential to impair your night vision. Do not drive, operate machinery, or engage in any activity that requires clear vision after dark until you are confident that you can do safely.
Avoid drinking alcohol while taking this medication because it may increase your risk of experiencing certain side effects (e.g., pancreatitis).
When administering this medication to the elderly, use caution because they may be more sensitive to its effects, particularly those on the bones.
When administering this medication to children, use caution because they may be more sensitive to its effects, particularly back/joint/muscle pain.
Women who are pregnant should not take this medication or breathe the dust from the capsules because it can be absorbed through skin and lungs and may harm an unborn baby.
It is unknown whether or not this medication passes into breast milk. Similar drugs, however, pass into breast milk. It is not advised to breast-feed while taking this medication. Inquire with your doctor about when you can continue breastfeeding after stopping treatment. Before you start breastfeeding, talk to your doctor.
Drug interactions can change the way your medications function or put you at risk for serious side effects. Tetracyclines, vitamin A-type drugs, vitamin A, and drugs that cause bone loss are examples of products that may interact with this medication.
When you begin a new medication, notify your doctor. Inform your doctor if you notice any new spotting or breakthrough bleeding, as this could indicate that your birth control isn't working properly.
If someone has taken an overdose of this medicine and has serious symptoms such as trouble breathing, seek medical advice immediately. Never take more doses than what is prescribed to you by your doctor.
It is necessary to take each dose of this medication on time. If you forget a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist as soon as possible to arrange for a new dosing schedule. Do not double the dose.
Absorica should not come in direct contact with heat, air, light as it can damage it. The medicine must be kept in a safe place and far away from children’s reach.
Absorica vs Accutane
|Absorica is a vitamin A derivative used to treat severe nodular acne that has not responded to other treatments, including antibiotics.
||Accutane is a vitamin A derivative. It reduces the amount of oil released by your skin's oil glands and allows your skin to renew itself more quickly.
|This drug is used to treat severe cystic acne that has not responded to other treatments.
||Accutane is a medication used to treat severe nodular acne. It is usually prescribed after other acne medications or antibiotics have failed to relieve symptoms.
|It works by reducing the production of facial oil (sebum). Sebum production can be excessive, resulting in severe acne.
||It works by reducing the size of the skin's oil glands, or sebaceous glands. This lowers the amount of oil produced.
Frequently Asked Questions:
This drug is used to treat severe cystic acne also known as nodular acne that has not responded to other treatments.
When compared to generic forms of isotretinoin, Absorica has higher absorption when taken without a meal. When compared to Absorica, generic isotretinoin medications are sometimes referred to as Accutane (despite the fact that this brand is no longer available) and provide 63 percent less absorption when taken without a meal.
It can be taken with or without food. The capsule should not be crushed, broken, chewed, or sucked. It is critical that you only take isotretinoin as prescribed by your doctor.
Your acne may worsen during the first few days of taking this medication, and it may take up to 1-2 months before you see the full benefit.
While taking Isotretinoin, you should avoid or limit your intake of alcoholic beverages. Isotretinoin side effects may worsen if you consume alcoholic beverages while on Isotretinoin therapy.
It is not recommended for use during pregnancy because it can cause severe life-threatening birth defects. If pregnancy occurs while taking this, even for short periods of time, there is an extremely high risk of severe birth defects.
Adults and children 12 years of age and older—The dose is determined by your doctor and is based on body weight. The usual dose is 0.5 to 1 milligramme (mg) per kilogramme (kg) of body weight per day, divided into two doses over 15 to 20 weeks. Your dose may be adjusted by your doctor as needed.