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Brand name: Isotretinoin (AN)

Isotretinoin (AN) is a medicine containing the active ingredient(s) isotretinoin. On this page you will find out more about Isotretinoin (AN), including side effects, age restrictions, food interactions and whether the medicine is subsidised by the government on the pharmaceutical benefits scheme (PBS)

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Active ingredient in this medicine: isotretinoin

Pack size information

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Information for medicine and pack size:
Isotretinoin (AN) 10 mg soft capsule, 60

Consumer Medicine Information leaflet:

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What this medicine is for

ISOTRETINOIN AN is indicated for the treatment of severe cystic acne and a single course of therapy has been shown to result in complete and prolonged remission of disease in many patients. If a second course of therapy is needed, it should not be initiated until at least eight weeks after completion of the first course, since experience has shown that patients may continue to improve while off the drug. Because of significant adverse effects associated with its use, isotretinoin should be reserved for patients with severe cystic acne who are unresponsive to conventional therapy, including systemic antibiotics.

Table of characteristics
Table of characteristics
Active ingredient
Visual appearance Light violet coloured oblong soft gelatin capsules, containing a yellow-orange opaque viscous liquid

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Dosage Form Capsule, soft
Route of administration Oral
Medicine schedule
15 capsules: Prescription Only Medicine, or Prescription Animal Remedy
30 capsules: Prescription Only Medicine, or Prescription Animal Remedy
60 capsules: Prescription Only Medicine, or Prescription Animal Remedy
90 capsules: Prescription Only Medicine, or Prescription Animal Remedy

There is one type of pack available.

Pack type 1
Pack type 1
Type Blister Pack
Storage temperature Store below 25 degrees Celsius
Storage conditions Protect from Moisture,Protect from Light
Life time 3 Years
This medicine was verified as being available on the PBS (Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme) on 1 November 2017

The PBS provides a list of government subsidised medicines available to be dispensed to patients. Further information can be found on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme website.

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