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13-cis-retinoic acid
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Isotretinoin is a prescription medication used to treat severe acne. It is a retinoid, meaning it is related to vitamin A, and works by reducing the amount of oil released by the skin. It is taken orally, usually once or twice a day for 15 to 20 weeks.

Common side effects of isotretinoin include dry skin, chapped lips, nosebleeds, muscle aches, and joint pain. Other more serious side effects include depression, suicidal thoughts, and liver damage.

Brand names associated with isotretinoin include Accutane, Amnesteem, Claravis, Sotret, and Zenatane.

  • isotretinoin
  • anti-acne
  • dermatological
  • retinoid

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