Common Brands Claravis, Absorica, Amnesteem, Myorisan, Zenatane
Drug Class
Retinoic acid derivative
Controlled Substance Classification
Not a controlled medication
Generic Status
Lower-cost generic available
Prescription only
Robert Chad Hakim, PharmD, BCCCP
Robert Chad Hakim, PharmD, BCCCP
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Medically reviewed by Robert Chad Hakim, PharmD, BCCCP last update on 20/12/2023


Accutane, also known by its generic name isotretinoin, stands as a formidable solution in the realm of dermatology, specifically designed for severe and persistent acne cases. This oral medication has gained prominence for its ability to address acne at its roots, providing relief to individuals who haven’t found success with other treatments.

Accutane belongs to a class of medications called retinoids, derived from vitamin A. The active ingredient, isotretinoin, exerts its effects by influencing the size and activity of sebaceous glands in the skin. By targeting the fundamental causes of acne, it differs from many other treatments that primarily address its symptoms.

Accutane was first introduced to the market in the early 1980s and has since become a cornerstone in the treatment of severe acne. Over the years, it has undergone refinements and improvements, but its core purpose remains the same: to provide relief to individuals grappling with the physical and psychological impact of persistent acne.



Prescription only

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