After sharing the previous post about how I became free from acne, a few of you reached out and wanted to know more. As I initially stated, I don’t have information for most countries about the availability of the drug Roaccutane or Accutane (Isotretinoin) including whether if you need a prescription for it or not or any other relevant regulations.
Here’s what I found out
However, for those in Nigeria, upon making inquiries, I found out that you don’t need a prescription for the drug and it is mostly accessible in Lagos or Abuja. I don’t know about the other states in the country.
As for my folks in Adamawa…
I will do you guys a solid. I spoke with a pharmacist about it, he is willing to supply me the drug, but it will strictly be on request and you have to pay upfront before I place the order for you or alternatively, you can go find it yourself, whichever works best for you.
What You Should Know
Since you can get it over the counter without necessarily seeing a dermatologist, it is my responsibility as a healthcare professional to inform you about this drug prior to taking it.
Also, this drug is quite expensive but it is worth your money and you will have to take it for at least 3-months for its full therapeutic effect.
It is advisable you buy for two months dosage at once then buy the last one before the end of the second month.
Here are some need to know
- Roaccutane (Isotretinoin) is strictly recommended from the age of 12years and above
- It is an oral capsule and so it is taken by mouth
- It cannot be taken by a pregnant woman or any woman intending to get pregnant due to its teratogenic effect (harmful effect on the embryo or fetus, which can result in deformity and abnormal development of the baby)
What to expect
- When you start taking Roaccutane (Isotretinoin), the acne gets worse before it starts getting better, you will start seeing improvements usually after the first month of nonstop usage
- Common side effects to expect are dry skin, dry lips and dry nose
- If you don’t experience those side effects, it means you are not taking the medication as you should
What to do
- For the dry skin, use skin moisturizer and for the dry lips, use lip balm to reduce the dryness
- Limited exposure of the skin to the sun is necessary to prevent sunburn as the skin is very sensitive when taking this medication
- For this drug to work, you must take it as directed, as lack of compliance will limit its effect
How to take it (dosage)
They come in two forms 20mg and 10mg
- Take one capsule 20mg Once daily and one capsule 10mg Once daily at the same time for 30days
- Repeat the same for the next two consecutive months nonstop
How to identify the drug
- Isotretinoin is the main chemical component of this drug and it comes in different brands.
- “Roaccutane” is a brand of Isotretinoin manufactured by ‘Roche.’ It is the brand I used, they come in 20mg and 10mg and you will find 30capusles in a pack for both, as seen in the picture above.
This image above shows the physical appearance of the capsules.
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