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Accutane vs. Amnesteem

Are Accutane and Amnesteem the Same Thing?

Accutane (isotretinoin) and Amnesteem (isotretinoin) are forms of vitamin A called retinoids used for the treatment and prevention of severe acne.

The brand name Accutane is discontinued in the U.S., but generic formulations are available.

What Are Possible Side Effects of Accutane?

Common side effects of Accutane include:

What Are Possible Side Effects of Amnesteem?

Common side effects of Amnesteem include:

  • dry skin,
  • chapped lips,
  • dry eyes, and
  • dry nose that may lead to nosebleeds.

Tell your doctor if you have serious side effects of Amnesteem including:

What is Accutane?

Accutane (isotretinoin) is a retinoid used for the treatment and prevention of severe acne. The brand name Accutane is discontinued in the U.S., but generic formulations are available.

What is Amnesteem?

Amnesteem (isotretinoin capsules) is a retinoid indicated for the treatment of severe recalcitrant nodular acne.

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What Drugs Interact With Accutane?

Accutane may interact with steroids, seizure medications, or tetracycline antibiotics

What Drugs Interact With Amnesteem?

Amnesteem may interact with steroids or tetracycline antibiotics.

Amnesteem may also interact with vitamin A, hormonal contraceptives, St. John's wort, and phenytoin.

How Should Accutane Be Taken?

The recommended dose of Accutane is 0.5 to 2 mg per kg of body weight daily.

How Should Amnesteem Be Taken?

The recommended dosage range for Amnesteem is 0.5 to 1 mg/kg/day given in two divided doses with food for 15 to 20 weeks.

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References
SOURCE:

FDA. Accutane Product Information.

https://www.accessdata.fda.gov/drugsatfda_docs/label/2008/018662s059lbl.pdf

Mylan. Amnesteem Product Information.

http://www.mylan.com/en/products/product-catalog/product-profile-page?id=85abf48e-84d4-4916-a855-089435b3a992
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