Isotretinoin (Accutane)

Isotretinoin is a powerful drug used in the treatment of acne. Four to Six months of Accutane treatment usually leads to clearing of acne. Accutane is needed for moderate to severe acne that has failed other treatments. While it can have side effects, in some ways it is safer than long-term antibiotic usage. Over two million people have taken this drug, so a lot is known about its safety and effectiveness.

About 85% of patients see their skin permanently clear after one course of treatment. Some patients do not clear after one course of treatment, and a second course of treatment may be an option. The skin often continues to clear for a while after patients stop taking the medicine.