Isotretinoin treatment by a dermatologist
What is isotretinoin?
Isotretinoin is a drug that has a chemical resemblance to vitamin A. The substance is used for widespread acne ("pimples") where other treatment has not had an effect and has been tried.
How does Isotretinoin work?
Isotretinoin works by suppressing cell division in the skin, which in turn will reduce sebum production. Tallow is the white content of the pimple. The actual inflammatory reaction in the skin will also be alleviated. Although the drug is given as a cure for only 4 - 6 months, it has a lasting and good effect in the vast majority of patients. Unfortunately, isotretinoin has no effect on scars present before treatment.
How to take Isotretinoin?
The entire daily / daily dose should be taken at a fixed time and with food (better absorption in the intestine). It is important to take Isotretinoin as prescribed by your dermatologist. You will receive an individual dosage based on, among other things, weight and use of other medications.
All patients receiving isotretinoin experience some side effects, but fortunately they are usually mild and will return spontaneously after treatment. After a few weeks of treatment, most people will experience that the skin and lips become thin and dry. Eyes and nasal mucosa will also feel dry and can create an increased tendency for nosebleeds and problems for those with contact lenses. Other side effects that should be mentioned are slight stiffness and pain in muscles and joints, headaches and a few difficulty concentrating. Rare side effects also occur and if you suspect it, you should have follow-up with your dermatologist. Isotretinoin can also cause changes in some blood tests (liver tests, fats), and this must be clarified with regular check-ups before and during treatment.
Rare / serious side effects
Fetal damage if pregnancy during treatment or within 3 months after the end of treatment
Effects on the liver with results on blood tests
Depression and depression, with previously constant depression
Initial worsening with large inflamed pimples
Abdominal pain that may be caused by affecting the pancreas or intestinal mucosa
Reduced night vision
Can you consume alcohol while using Isotretinoin?
Yes, but because Isotretinoin uses the same breakdown pathways in the liver as alcohol, one should be very careful during the treatment period so that the liver is not overloaded.
Pregnancy and women of childbearing potential
Using Isotretinoin during pregnancy will in 100% of cases lead to serious damage to the fetus. The authorities have therefore introduced special precautions when treating women of childbearing (fertile) age: The woman must use effective contraception one month before the start of treatment, during the entire treatment, and for two months after the end of the treatment. A monthly pregnancy test is taken by blood test during treatment, and the doctor is not allowed to write a prescription for more than one month at a time for female patients and only after a negative hcg test is available.
Blood tests and new prescription
To get a new prescription, blood samples must be obtained from the dermatologist. They are asked to go straight to the Prince to take blood samples. Previous requisitions are then copied by them and the blood sample is taken and sent to the dermatologist. The dermatologist will then write the prescription electronically. This takes about 2-3 working days from the blood sample is taken. You will be notified in the patient cloud when the prescription is ready. You do not have to ask for a new blood test requisition from a dermatologist every time it is to be taken, it is ready at Furst from time to time.
The vast majority of patients will need moisturizer due to dry skin during treatment and the dermatologist can give good advice on which creams provide sufficient moisture. One of the side effects is thin skin which leads to hypersensitivity to sunlight. Sunscreen with a minimum factor of 30 is recommended in sun-exposed areas every two hours, this is especially important in spring and summer. It is important to remember that the isotretinoin capsules are personal, individually tailored and given under follow-up by a dermatologist.
What does the "ACNE PACKAGE" include?
All follow-up via a dermatologist during the treatment with isotretinoin. Including control of blood test results and prescription.
Checks: You decide when you want to have a new dermatologist check. Recommended minimum 1 control at the end of the regimen to assess effect and response. You book an appointment as usual with a dermatologist on the website or in Dr.Dropin's app, and write "control acne package" as a comment.
Scar treatment after the cure is not covered by the acne pack.
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Includes consumables, applications, prescriptions, etc.
You book a single hour via the website or app of Dr. Dropin, and do not need a referral in advance.
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