May 15, 2014

What's the difference between Accutane and Roaccutane?

For a long time I was curious to find out what is the difference between Accutane and Roaccutane, so today I've made some research online.

First stop? the official site of the producer:  
From the other sites, I found out that there is no difference between them as composition. Both Accutane and Roaccuane contain Isotretinoin.  The name "Accutane" is more popular in the United States and "Roaccutane" in Europe. Maybe you have noticed that I speak about "Roaccutane"...and guess what? I'm from Europe :)

Who is Roche?
Roche is the producer of both Accutane and Roaccutane and it has the headquarter in Basel, Switzerland.
On the official webiste, "Roaccutane / Accutane  (Isotretinoin) " are listed together, and the info say that the pills are used to treat patients with severe forms of acne.

My Conclusion?
Roaccutane = Accutane

Other observations non-related to the title, but still important:
Also according to the website, Roche admits the danger of birth defects: "Animal tests showed that Accutane/Roaccutan, a medicine to treat severely disfiguring skin diseases, is highly likely to cause birth defects. As a result, doctors are aware of the dangers in prescribing the drug to pregnant women. "

This paragraph caught my attention regarding our discussion about the Roaccutane/Accutane effects:
"Two patients can have the same diagnosis yet respond in different ways to the same medicine. One patient may be helped by treatment, while the other experiences unwanted side effects without the desired clinical benefit. Some of this variability is due to genetic and other biological differences between patients." 

After reading all this I can't believe that I've taken this treatment and I'm still alive!
Creepy... but it's better  understand the risks and the probability of appearance.

PS: this summer, in July I will celebrate two years from my last Roaccutane pill. Yey!
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