Jul 1, 2013

What is Roaccutane and how it works


Before continuing my posts about the Roaccutane Treatment, I would like to get back to basics and discuss  about:
  • what is Roaccutane and how does it work
  • difference between Roaccutane and Accutane
  • similar medicines

What is Roaccutane?

Roaccutane is a medicine used to treat severe acne (such as nodular acne or acne at risk of permanent scarring) that has not improved with standard treatment involving oral antibiotics.

On the official website of the producer, La Roche, www.roche.com, I have found only a short description of the medicine:

How does it work[1]?

Usually, acne occurs due to an excessive production of sebum from over-active sebaceous glands in the skin (face, back, chest).
 Roaccutane capsules cures acne due to an ingredient called isotretinoin.  This substance is reducing the production of the skin’s natural oil (sebum), one of the main factors that induce acne.

The medicine works by:
  • ·         Decreasing the size and activity of the sebaceous glands in the skin, which reduces the amount of sebum that is produced and also the accumulation of sebum under the skin.
  • ·         Reducing the inflammation in the skin.

[1] According to my dermatologist explanations and online  source : netdoctor.co.uk

What’s the difference between Roaccutane and Accutane?

Basically, the only difference between  Roaccutane and Accutane is the name.
Both have the same content based on isotretinoin and have the same producer, La Roche.
According to wiki, Roaccutane is known as Accutane in the United States before July 2009.

Similar medicines

On the pharma market, Accutane is not the only medicine based on isotretinoin.  After Accutane was withdrawn from the US market, many competitors began selling generic versions of Accutane such as Isotretinoin, Amnesteem, Sotret and Claravis. 
Maybe you've noticed that during all my articles, I write about Roaccutane, because is the medication that I've took and I’m used to call it so.

I hope that this article was useful for you and if you have questions about the medication, ask your doctor...if you have questions about me, I'll answer .

Have a lovely and sunny week.

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