Dr. Doris Day considers the drug known as Accutane (the actual drug name is oral Isotretinoin) to be a "miracle drug" for acne.
It is a serious drug, so you need to have a thorough conversation with your dermatologist. But, for the right person it can not only be life-changing, it can be life-saving. Acne can severely affect one's self-esteem, confidence, social skills and overall well-being.
There are many methods to improve acne, including over-the-counter products, prescription antibiotics and topicals, microdermabrasion, chemical peels and lasers. These treatments are typically exhausted first before a specialist turns to considering Accutane as an option for the patient. However, many people advocate that Accutane is the ONLY thing that has been able to solve their acne problems.
If your cystic, scarring acne persists with other prescription medications and topical options, you should strongly consider Accutane. While the drug definitely involves a process to obtain, the bright side is that you'll likely get to stop all other ointments, creams, pills, and treatments.
The patient should expect to experience initial (and potentially severe) drying of the skin, lips and eyes, while other side effects are extremely rare.
The major concerns surrounding the drug have to do with prevention of women getting pregnant while on the medication. If you get pregnant while taking the prescription, your child WILL have birth defects.
Additionally, there has been debate over whether Accutane could be causing depression and subsequent suicide. This is extremely rare, and there has not been consistent evidence that Accutane contributes significantly to either; but it is still a concern and something that is monitored.
Dr. Day explains this "miracle drug" in depth and the most important information you need to know about the prescription.