Accutane® is a famous branded version of the generic medicine isotretinoin. Other branded versions include Absorica®, Amnesteem®, Claravis®, Myorisan®, and Zenatane™. Isotretinoin is a form of vitamin A. It was originally approved for the treatment of acne in 1982.
Accutane-style medicines are most famous for treating very severe acne, especially scarring acne. One of the most classic types of severe acne is cystic acne, where the acne spots are large, deep, swollen, painful, and prone to scarring.
In the past, Accutane-style medicine/isotretinoin was generally reserved for only the most severe forms of acne. These days, most dermatologists (including the dermatologists at Saguaro Dermatology) also consider using isotretinoin for patients with moderately severe acne with scarring. Even patients with mild acne may be a candidate for isotretinoin treatment if they have scarring and have failed other reasonable medical treatments.
Accutane works by targeting the sebaceous glands. It essentially slows the production of sebum–the oil secreted by the sebaceous glands–and makes it less sticky, which in turn reduces the chances of pores becoming clogged.
Who is a candidate for Accutane in Phoenix or Mesa, Arizona?
Potential Accutane candidates looking to receive acne treatment are healthy teenagers or adults with severe nodulocystic acne or even mild or moderate acne that hasn’t responded to conventional treatments. Essentially, any patient with scarring acne potential can be considered.
Previously, isotretinoin used to be thought of as the last resort medication, but now we are seeing dermatologists use the medication earlier in the acne treatment process. This is due to the growing safety concern for the overuse of antibiotics in acne patients.
If you think you would be a potential candidate for Accutane, please contact the Saguaro Dermatology office to learn more or schedule a consultation.
How much does Accutane cost?
At Saguaro Dermatology in Phoenix and Mesa, Accutane visits are billed out as an office visit. The cost involved will depend on a patient’s insurance and pharmacy benefits. For more information, please contact Saguaro Dermatology.
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Our Approach and Expertise
Our board-certified dermatologists and professional staff are dedicated to providing you with the highest quality of care, innovative practices, helpful resources, and state-of-the-art technology to prevent and treat a multitude of skin disorders for patients in the Phoenix and Mesa area. We will know the specifics of your health history and treatment and will be able to respond to any concerns you have. Treatments provided by Saguaro Dermatology are always customized to an individual patient’s needs, lifestyle, and priorities. Our physicians are experienced in acne treatment and are ready to help you achieve the results you desire.