WARNING: Do not use ISOTANE if you are pregnant. Do not become pregnant during use, or within one month of stopping treatment with ISOTANE. MAJOR RISK OF BIRTH DEFECTS. Effective birth control must be used. Keep out of reach of children.

Skin Care

The most commonly experienced side effects while taking isotretinoin are skin side effects. Most patients will notice side effects such as dry lips and dry skin. Dry eyes and a dry nose may also occur. The good news is that these side effects can be controlled and relieved by following a good skin care routine. Below are some guidelines that may help in alleviating the symptoms of dry skin.

General Care

  • Limit shower time to minimise exposure of your skin to water
  • Avoid harsh soaps
  • Use lukewarm water when washing your face
  • Regularly moisturise your face and body
  • Refrain from picking or squeezing pimples
  • Avoid waxing (as a means of hair removal), dermabrasion (medical removal of layers of skin), facial peels and electrolysis while taking ISOTANE and for at least six months after stopping ISOTANE. Your skin may be more sensitive and fragile during this time. These treatments may cause scarring or dermatitis (inflammation of the skin).
Sun Sensitivity
  • Do not expose your skin to sunlight for long periods
  • Use a sunscreen, 30+ and oil-free is the best option
  • Cover up, such as wearing a hat and a long sleeved t-shirt
  • Do not sun bathe.
Dry Eyes
  • If you wear contact lenses you may experience dry eyes. It is recommended that you wear your lenses for shorter periods of time, clean your lenses regularly or wear glasses instead.
  • Using artificial tears or an eye lubricant can help with this.
Dry Lips
  • Dry lips are a common side effect of ISOTANE.
  • Regularly applying a lip balm or cream, that contains a sunscreen, can help with this.
Dry Nose
  • This is usually mild but can cause nosebleeds in some patients.
  • Applying petroleum jelly with a cotton bud can help keep the nose and nasal cavity moist.
  • If you are experiencing frequent nosebleeds, please see your doctor or dermatologist for further advice.
Dry Vagina
  • This can cause discomfort during sexual intercourse.
  • A lubricant can help with this.
Dry Anus
  • Some patients experience irritation and dryness around this area.
  • Petroleum jelly can help with this.
Dry Hair
  • You may find that your hair and scalp are dryer than normal. Using an anti-dandruff shampoo during this period should help in controlling this.
  • Avoid using hair colouring or perming products while taking ISOTANE, as your hair and scalp may be more sensitive during this period.
Isotane (isotretinoin) 10 mg, 20mg Capsules are a Prescription Medicine used to treat severe forms of acne that are resistant to other treatments.
WARNING: This medication can cause birth defects. Do not use if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. Effective birth control must be used one month before starting Isotane treatment, during treatment and for at least one month after treatment has finished. Do not take if you have an allergy to isotretinoin, other retinoids including vitamin A or any of the excipients; are pregnant or intend to become pregnant; are breastfeeding; have kidney or liver disease; have an excessive amount of vitamin A in your diet; are taking tetracycline antibiotics; have very high levels of fat (triglycerides, cholesterol) in your blood. Tell your doctor if you are depressed or have felt this way in the past; if you have thoughts about harming yourself; drink large amounts of alcohol; are taking the mini-pill; intend to undertake regular vigorous exercise or have any other health problems. Side effects include dryness of the lips, mouth, throat, nose, eyes, genitals or skin; skin eruptions, rashes, redness, sweating; nail inflammation, infection or altered appearance; nosebleeds; tenderness, soreness or stiffness in your bones, joints or muscles; impaired hearing; headache; increased sensitivity to sunlight; hair loss, thinning or increased growth; changes in normal behaviour; blurred vision, decreased night vision; nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea. Medicines have benefits and some may have risks. Consult your doctor to see if Isotane is right for you. Always read the label carefully and use strictly as directed. If symptoms persist or you have side effects, see your health professional. Full Consumer Medicine Information (CMI) is available at www.medsafe.govt. nz. Isotane is fully funded on special authority. Normal doctor’s fees & pharmacy charges apply.Mylan NZ Ltd., Auckland. TAPS NA7865