Accutane is the brand name for isotretinoin, also called 13-cis-retinoic acid. This is a retinoid – it’s closely related to Vitamin A and naturally found in small quantities in the body – primarily used in the treatment of severe nodular acne.
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Hoffman-La Roche is the manufacturer of Accutane, the world’s first isotretinoin product. Roche Laboratories first studied 13-cis retinoic acid in the 1960s, particularly as a possible skin cancer treatment, but abandoned the idea for various reasons. But Roche Laboratories took up the idea again in the 1970s and applied for a new drug application as an acne treatment, which was approved by the Food and Drug Administration in 1982.
Accutane is used primarily in the treatment of severe cystic acne vulgaris, a skin disorder characterized by nodules on the face and neck. The drug, which can be prescribed as an oral medication or a topical application, is also used in the treatment of:
- Acne that has proven resistant to other treatments
- Acne resulting in physical and/or psychological scarring
- Severe acne rosacea
- Hidradenitis suppurativa
- Harlequin ichthyosis
- Lamellar ichthyosis
- Xeroderma pigmentosum
- Fibrodysplasia ossificans progressive
In these cases, the rate of efficacy differs. Dermatologists also use Accutane as part of a treatment program to increase the drug’s efficacy.
As treatment for severe acne vulgaris, the drug is usually combined with other drugs including topical retinoids, topical antibiotics, and/or antiseptics. Oral antibiotics can also be prescribed.
Accutane has side effects upon use, too. The most common are a temporary worsening of the symptoms of acne, dry and fragile skin, and dry lips, as well as increased risks for sunburn.