OVERVIEW Accutane (Isotretinoin) was a powerful oral pharmaceutical drug primarily used to treat severe nodular acne. It was a retinoid (related to vitamin A) and was found in small quantities naturally in the body. There are still generic brands of the drug available in some markets.
What to Expect
Accutane was primarily used as a treatment for severe acne. It worked by reducing the amount of oil released by the sebaceous glands in your skin, and helped skin renew itself more quickly.
Some users, particularly if they had suffered from dreadful acne that affected their personal confidence levels, saw Accutane as a miracle drug as they achieved clear, blemish-free skin after trying other available acne treatments, such a antibiotics, with no success.
In 2009, Roche removed Accutane from the US market amid a plethora of lawsuits and huge controversy regarding numerous reported side effects including life-threatening birth defects. Women taking the pills had been advised to use two forms of contraceptives and to abort if they became pregnant.