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Isotretinoin (13-cis-retinoic acid)

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Isotretinoin (13-cis-retinoic acid, Accutane) is thought to help with regulating cell growth and is used in the treatment of certain types of cancer in addition to chemotherapy. Also, it is used to treat severe acne.

This medication is available as a capsule to be taken by mouth.  For patients unable to swallow the capsule whole, an oral liquid can be prepared by a pharmacy.

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Special Instructions

If Your Child Misses a Dose

Possible Side Effects of Medication

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Last Updated: 11/2013