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Zenatane (Isotretinoin)

Zenatane (Isotretinoin)

General Information

Zenatane (Isotretinoin) is to be used for the treatment of severe cystic acne. It is also called nodular acne that has not responded to other treatments. Nodular acne is caused by inflamed, large, and painful breakouts. It is larger and more serious than a typical pimple. It affects deeper layers of the skin.

How does Zenatane (Isotretinoin) work?

Zenatane (Isotretinoin) works by produces its effect through altering progress. It is through the cell cycle and cell differentiation. These acts lessen sebum production and prevent the blockage of pores. It also prevents the growth of acne-causing bacteria.

This medication does not kill directly the bacteria. But it does reduce the size of sebum ducts and makes it less hospitable to acne-causing bacteria. In some cases, this drug can produce remission of the acne condition.

Why use Zenatane (Isotretinoin)?

Zenatane contains an active ingredient of Isotretinoin. It is in the class of retinoids which is the same as vitamin A.  In which it helps reduce the amount of oil released by oil glands in your skin. It also helps to renew your skin more quickly. This product is supplied as capsules for oral use. Each capsule is available in the strength of 10 mg, 20 mg, 30 mg, and 40 mg. In the year 1982, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has already approved this medication.

How to use Zenatane (Isotretinoin)?

The recommended dosage is based on your medical condition and response. Remember to take it at the same time every day. Do not increase your dose without consulting your doctor.

Zenatane (Isotretinoin) is usually taken twice a day for 15 to 20 weeks. You may take it with or without food. It is to be taken by mouth with a full glass of water. After taking each dose, do not lie down for at least 10 minutes.  

What are the side-effects of Zenatane (Isotretinoin)?

  • Dry skin
  • Dry nose
  • Itching
  • Nosebleeds
  • Cracks in the corner of the mouth
  • Headache
  • Joint pain
  • Insomnia
  • Peeling
  • Ringing in the ears

Warnings and Precautions

  • Let your doctor know if you have any medical history or current medications.
  • You should not donate blood while taking this type of medication. It may also be for at least 1 month after you stop taking it.
  • While having this medication, do not have cosmetic procedures to smooth your skin. Skin scarring may occur.
  • Avoid the use of alcohol while taking this drug.
  • Keep this far from the reach of children.