- Substance: Isotretinoin (Accutane)
- Manufacturer: Zenlabs
- Package: 20mg (10 capsules)
Tretizen belongs to a group of medicines called retinoids. The retinoids work by reducing the amount of the oily substance (ie sebum) made by glands in your skin, reducing bacteria, reducing inflammation and opening clogged pores.
Tretizen is used to treat severe acne. There are many different types of medicines used to treat acne. Tretizen is used for more severe cases that are resistant to other treatments. It reduces the amount of oil released by oil glands in your skin, and helps your skin renew itself more quickly. Tretizen is used to treat severe nodular acne. Tretizen is usually given after other acne medicines or antibiotics have been tried without successful treatment of symptoms.
Take Tretizen exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not take in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended. Follow the directions on your prescription label. Each prescription of Tretizen must be filled within 7 days of the date it was prescribed by your doctor. You will receive no more than a 30-day supply of Tretizen at one time.
Always take Tretizen with a full glass of water to prevent the capsule from melting in your esophagus (food pipe), causing irritation. Do not chew or suck on the capsule. Swallow it as quickly as possible. Take Isotretinoin with food or milk. Take Tretizen for the entire length of time prescribed by your doctor. Your acne may seem to get worse at first, but should then begin to improve. To be sure Tretizen is not causing harmful effects, your blood may need to be tested often. Your liver function may also need to be tested. Visit your doctor regularly.
Side effects: joint pain, back pain; feeling dizzy, drowsy, or nervous; dryness of the lips, mouth, nose, or skin; or cracking or peeling skin, itching, rash, changes in your fingernails or toenails.