INDICATIONS AND USAGE: ABSORICA® (isotretinoin) capsules is a prescription medicine for patients 12 years of age and older to treat the most severe form of acne (nodular acne) that cannot be cleared up by other acne treatments, including antibiotics. Severe nodular acne is when many red, swollen, tender lumps form in the skin. These can be the size of pencil erasers or larger. If untreated, nodular acne can lead to permanent scars.
Tell your doctor about all of the medications you take, including prescription and non-prescription medications, vitamins, and herbal supplements. ABSORICA isotretinoin capsules and certain other medications can interact with each other, sometimes causing serious side effects. Especially tell your prescriber if you take:
These medications should not be used with ABSORICA isotretinoin capsules, unless your prescriber tells you it is okay. Know the medications you take. Keep a list of them to show to your prescriber and pharmacist. Do not take any new medication without talking with your prescriber.
There are also some important things you need to avoid while taking ABSORICA that you should be aware of:
When first starting on ABSORICA, you may feel nervous or excited about what you could expect within just 5 months. It’s important to be open and honest with your doctor in order to set expectations on what a successful treatment plan could look like for you.
Once your doctor prescribes ABSORICA, you will receive no more than a 30-day supply of ABSORICA isotretinoin capsules at a time. This is to make sure you are following the iPLEDGE® Program requirements. The dose of ABSORICA that you will take has been specifically chosen for you by your prescriber. The amount of medicine you need is based on your weight and other factors. It is recommended that ABSORICA be taken twice a day.
ABSORICA is recommended in two divided doses. The capsules should be swallowed whole with a full glass of liquid. Do not chew or suck on the capsules. ABSORICA can hurt the tube that connects your mouth to your stomach (esophagus) if it is not swallowed whole. IF YOU MISS A DOSE, JUST SKIP THAT DOSE. Do not take 2 doses at the same time. If you take too much ABSORICA, or overdose, call your prescriber or the poison control center right away. The usual length of treatment is 15 to 20 weeks.
With ABSORICA, you don't have to change your usual eating style. While taking ABSORICA, you can eat healthy foods, such as foods with little added fat. You also don't have to time your meals with your medication, since ABSORICA can be taken with or without food. How is ABSORICA different? >
Before prescribing you ABSORICA, your doctor will explain the requirements of the iPLEDGE® Program to you and have you sign the Patient Information/Informed Consent form. Female patients who can get pregnant, must also sign another consent form. You will not be prescribed ABSORICA if you cannot agree to follow all the requirements of the iPLEDGE® Program. Be sure to ask your doctor any questions you may have. Get a 101 on the iPLEDGE® Program >
This information applies to patients who are able to get pregnant. This includes:
This information does not apply to the following patients:
Because ABSORICA isotretinoin capsules can cause birth defects.
It is critical for female patients not to get pregnant while taking ABSORICA. Abstinence means not having any sexual contact with a male at any time during your treatment. If you cannot commit to continuous abstinence from sex with a male, you should use 2 forms of effective birth control while you are taking ABSORICA and for 1 month after finishing your therapy.
Each month of your therapy with ABSORICA isotretinoin capsules:
After your final prescription is finished:
To have the best chance for treatment success, it's important to take your ABSORICA exactly as prescribed for as long as your doctor instructs you to. It's also important to follow the requirements of the iPLEDGE® Program.
There is a lot to remember when taking your treatment. Try your best to be patient, organized, and committed to your ABSORICA treatment plan. Lean on your family and friends to help you stick with it. Think of it as a commitment to yourself: taking acne control into your own hands and managing your overall health.
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