Roaccutane is used to treat acne . Roaccutane works by suppressing the activity of sebaceous glands in the skin. It reduces the amount of oil produced by these glands . Roaccutane also reduces the size of the sebaceous glands and the inflammation that occurs with acne . Roaccutane is given to people when their previous treatments for acne have not been successful.
Roaccutane may make the skin all over your body↲ more fragile or sensitive. Your skin may be more easily damaged during treatment with Roaccutane and for some time after treatment has stopped. You should not wax your skin↲ while you are taking Roaccutane and for at least six months after you have stopped taking it. Some types of dermabrasion↲ or laser treatments should also be avoided while you are taking Roaccutane and for five to six months after stopping treatment. You should also be careful about using preparations on your skin while you are taking Roaccutane. Your skin may become irritated if you use certain skin preparations such as preparations that treat acne while you are taking Roaccutane. For more information about skin preparations to avoid during treatment with Roaccutane talk to your prescriber or read the Patient Information Leaflet↲ that comes with this medicine
Roaccutane can cause your skin to become more sensitive to all forms of UV light. While you are taking Roaccutane, you should try to avoid exposing your skin to intense sunlight or UV light. If you need to go out in the sun use a high protection sun screen. You should use a sun screen that has a minimum sun protection factor of 15. You should also avoid using tanning beds or lamps while you are taking Roaccutane.
Roaccutane may harm a baby if it is taken during pregnancy↲. It may also increase the chances of having a miscarriage↲. Women must not become pregnant while they are taking Roaccutane. For this reason women who could become pregnant are only prescribed Roaccutane if they are very careful about using contraception to prevent pregnancy. Women who are being treated with Roaccutane and who do not have a menstrual period or who are not currently sexually active must also use contraception
It is very important that you do not share your medicine with other people as it may not be suitable for them↲ and could cause them harm. It is also important that you do not give blood while you are taking Roaccutane and for one month after you have stopped taking it. Roaccutane may be in your blood and if your blood is given to a pregnant woman during a blood transfusion Roaccutane may harm the baby.