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Acnova 20 mg Capsule


Uses of Acnova Capsule

Acnova 20 mg Capsule is used in the treatment of acne.

Acnova Capsule side effects

  • Dry skin
  • Cracked lips
  • Dry eye
  • Dry nose

How to use Acnova Capsule

Take this medicine in the dose and duration as advised by your doctor. Swallow it as a whole. Do not chew, crush or break it. Acnova 20 mg Capsule is to be taken with food.

How Acnova Capsule works

Acnova 20 mg Capsule works by slowing the production of certain natural substances that can cause acne.

Acnova Capsule related warnings

It is unsafe to consume alcohol with Acnova 20 mg Capsule. Taking isotretinoin with alcohol may have unpleasant side effects such as fast heartbeats, warmth or redness under your skin, tingly feeling, nausea, and vomiting.
Acnova 20 mg Capsule is highly unsafe to use during pregnancy.
Human and animal studies have shown significant adverse effects on the foetus. Please consult your doctor.
Acnova 20 mg Capsule is unsafe to use during lactation. Data suggests that the drug may cause toxicity to the baby, or the mother is suffering from a condition in which breastfeeding is not advisable.
Do not drive unless you are feeling well.
Your night vision may get worse during your treatment. This can happen suddenly. Drowsiness and dizziness have been reported very rarely. This may affect your driving ability.
Acnova 20 mg Capsule is probably safe to use in patients with kidney disease. Limited data available suggests that dose adjustment of Acnova 20 mg Capsule may not be needed in these patients. Please consult your doctor.
If you experience excessive tiredness, puffy eyes and difficulty in urination while taking this medicine, inform your doctor and stop the therapy.
Acnova 20 mg Capsule is probably unsafe to use in patients with liver disease and should be avoided. Please consult your doctor.

What if you miss a dose of Acnova Capsule?

If you miss a dose of Acnova 20 mg Capsule, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular schedule. Do not double the dose.

Alternate Brands

For informational purposes only. Consult a doctor before taking any medicines.
Acnova 20 mg Capsule
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Expert Advice

  • You have been prescribed Acnova 20 mg Capsule for the treatment of severe acne.
  • Take it with food.
  • Avoid exposure to sunlight while using Acnova 20 mg Capsule. Use protective measures such as sun-cream or protective clothing.
  • It may cause dryness of mouth, lips, and eyes. Drink plenty of water, use moisturiser and avoid wearing contact lenses. Inform your doctor if it bothers you.
  • Do not drive or do anything that requires mental focus until you know how Acnova 20 mg Capsule affects you.
  • Your doctor may get regular blood tests to track lipid levels, liver function, and cell count in your blood.
  • Do not take Acnova 20 mg Capsule if you are pregnant, planning pregnancy or breastfeeding.

Patient Concerns

Questions Related to Acnova

Acne in my face can i use this capsule
Dr. Souvik Sardar
Skin Specialist
this capsule is very good for acne but never self medicate as this is a Medicine for special type of acne patients this should be taken under A Dermatologist's supervision only there are various restrictions and advices to keep in mind before taking the capsule. hence a dermatologist consultation face to face is necessary
acne is less now but too much pore on the face taking lacne 20mg from 2 years
Dr. Shalini Patodiya
Skin Specialist
You can go for lasers for pores
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Q. Can Acnova permanently cure acne?

Acnova is very effective in the treatment of severe acne. Usually, Acnova prevents acne from returning over a long period of time. However, in few cases, the acne returns after stopping the use of Acnova.

Q. Can I undergo cosmetic procedures while taking Acnova?

Your doctor will decide whether you can continue taking or stop taking Acnova before cosmetic procedures. Please ensure that your doctor knows about all the medicines you are taking before any cosmetic procedure.

Q. Is it safe to use Acnova?

Yes, Acnova is safe to take when taken according to your doctor's advice. However, like all medicines, even this medicine has some side effects, but it is not necessary that anyone who is taking these medicines might get all of the side effects. Please talk to your doctor if you get any unpleasant effects while taking this medicine.

Q. What is the right time to apply Acnova?

The best time to apply would be night time to avoid sun sensitivity related reactions and for better results, it should be followed by a non-comedogenic sunscreen to be applied next morning.

Q. My daughter is fourteen years old, is it safe for her to use Acnova for acne?

Yes, it is safe to use Acnova when taken after consulting with the doctor. Acnova is used for teenagers and adults with severe acne. In children, it should only be given above the age of 12 years.

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