Active substances: Isotretinoin
Isotretinoin used to also come as a gel, known by the brand name Isotrex.
In GSK stopped manufacturing Isotrex gel. This medicine is no longer available in the UK. However there is a gel containing isotretinoin and erythromycin brand name Isotrexin.
There are also other gels that contain tretinoin or adapalene. These work in a similar way to isotretinoin gel. Ask your specialist or a pharmacist for advice about suitable alternatives and the best treatment for your condition.
Will it affect my fertility? There's no firm evidence to suggest that taking isotretinoin capsules will reduce fertility in either men or women.
However, women are advised not to take isotretinoin capsules if they're pregnant or trying for a baby. This medicine can harm a baby. It's safe for women to try for a baby from 5 weeks after their treatment with isotretinoin capsules has finished.
A pregnancy test will be done after you stop your treatment.
Can I donate blood while taking isotretinoin? Do not donate blood while taking isotretinoin capsules and for at least 1 month after stopping. In no patient was the treatment discontinued liver enzymes and serum lipids was detected.