Accutane (isotretinoin) can be used to treat acne. However, this prescription medicine is intended only for the severe cases of acne that did not respond to other methods of treatment. If you ever had an allergic reaction to isotretinoin or any other ingredients Accutane contains, it is not recommended to take this drug, as serious side effects may occur. Since this is a highly powerful medication, your doctor will need to be closely monitored during the whole period of treatment, which is most likely to include regular blood and liver function tests, as well as eye exams and monitoring for any side effects.
Some of the mild side effects of this drug include back and joint pain, dryness of the nose, lips or mouth, nervousness, dizziness, drowsiness, discomfort when wearing contact lenses, rash, peeling of the skin, some changes in fingernails and toenails. Seek emergency medical assistance in case of having any of the following serious side effects of Accutane: blurred vision, loss of appetite, dark urine, easy bleeding or bruising, fever, chills, body aches, fast or irregular heartbeat, depression, hallucinations, rectal bleeding or any other symptoms of the kind.