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Common Brand Name(s): Accutane, Amnesteem, Claravis, Sotret
Phonetic Pronunciation: (eye-so-tret-ih-NO-in)
Information last revised September 2010

What does ISOTRETINOIN-ORAL look like?

Brr10571Claravis 40 mg Cap
Pur05851Sotret 20 mg Cap
Myn66120Amnesteem 20 mg Cap
Brr10540Claravis 10 mg Cap
Pur04471Sotret 30 mg Cap
Myn66140Amnesteem 40 mg Cap
Brr10541Claravis 10 mg Cap
Pur05861Sotret 40 mg Cap
Brr10560Claravis 30 mg Cap
Pur05841Sotret 10 mg Cap
Myn66110Amnesteem 10 mg Cap


This medication is used to treat severe cystic acne (also known as nodular acne) that has not responded to other treatment (e.g., benzoyl peroxide or clindamycin applied to the skin or tetracycline or minocycline taken by mouth). It belongs to a class of drugs known as retinoids. It works by decreasing facial oil (sebum) production. High amounts of sebum can lead to severe acne. If left untreated, severe acne may cause permanent scarring.
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