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Sotret 30mg Capsule


Overview

Introduction

Sotret 30mg Capsule belongs to a group of medicines called retinoids, which are closely related to vitamin A derivative. It is used to treat severe acne that has not responded to other treatments.

Sotret 30mg Capsule should be used in the dose and duration as advised by your doctor. It should be taken with food, preferably at the same day, each day to avoid a missed dose. It may take several weeks for your symptoms to improve but keep using it regularly to get the most benefit. If you notice no improvement after a few weeks, see your doctor again. Using more medicine or applying it more often than prescribed will not make it work any faster and may increase side effects.

The most common side effects include dry skin, rash and increased liver enzymes. They are not usually serious and often disappear after getting used to the cream but if they bother you or do not go away, tell your doctor. You may need to apply smaller amounts or use it less often. Serious side effects are rare.

Sotret 30mg Capsule may make you more sensitive to sunlight so you should limit exposure to the sun if possible. Drink plenty of water and use moisturizer as it may lead to dryness of the mouth, lips and eyes. It may make your skin more fragile. It is advised, not to have any waxing (hair removal), or laser treatments during treatment. This medicine may lead to birth defects, do consult your doctor if you are pregnant or planning to get pregnant.

Uses of Sotret Capsule

Side effects of Sotret Capsule

Most side effects do not require any medical attention and disappear as your body adjusts to the medicine. Consult your doctor if they persist or if you’re worried about them

Common side effects of Sotret

  • Dry skin

How to cope with side effects?

The occurrence of side effects varies from person to person. The following are a few ways of dealing with some of the common side effects. However, consult your doctor if these persist.

  • Coping with Dry skin
    Use mild cleansing creams or soaps rather than harsh or perfumed ones. Use warm water (not hot) and do not spend too long in the bath or shower. Long bathing hours or using harsh soaps can wash away natural oils. Dry your skin gently with a towel and apply moisturizer immediately after washing. Do not use alcohol-based products on your skin. Choose clothing fabrics that will not irritate your skin.

How to use Sotret Capsule

Take this medicine in the dose and duration as advised by your doctor. Do not chew, crush or break it. Sotret 30mg Capsule is to be taken with food.

How Sotret Capsule works

Sotret 30mg Capsule is a derivative of vitamin A. It acts on glands (sebaceous) to reduce the production of a natural substance (sebum) that causes acne. Also, the controlled sebum production kills acne-causing bacteria. It also works as an anti-inflammatory to decrease inflammation (redness and swelling).

Safety Advice

Alcohol
CAUTION
Caution is advised when consuming alcohol with Sotret 30mg Capsule. Please consult your doctor.
Pregnancy
UNSAFE
Sotret 30mg Capsule is highly unsafe to use during pregnancy. Seek your doctor's advice as studies on pregnant women and animals have shown significant harmful effects to the developing baby.
Breastfeeding
CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR
Sotret 30mg Capsule is probably unsafe to use during breastfeeding. Limited human data suggests that the drug may pass into the breastmilk and harm the baby.
Driving
UNSAFE
Sotret 30mg Capsule may cause side effects which could affect your ability to drive.
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.
Kidney
SAFE IF PRESCRIBED
Sotret 30mg Capsule is probably safe to use in patients with kidney disease. Limited data available suggests that dose adjustment of Sotret 30mg 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.
Liver
UNSAFE
Sotret 30mg Capsule is probably unsafe to use in patients with liver disease and should be avoided. Please consult your doctor.

What if you forget to take Sotret Capsule?

If you miss a dose of Sotret 30mg 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.

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Quick Tips

  • Take it with food.
  • Avoid exposure to sunlight while using Sotret 30mg Capsule. Use protective measures such as sun-cream or protective clothing.
  • Avoid face waxing and laser treatment while using this medicine as it makes your skin more fragile.
  • Avoid taking tetracycline as it may reduce the Sotret 30mg Capsule activity.
  • Do not take Sotret 30mg Capsule if you are pregnant, planning pregnancy or breastfeeding.
  • 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.

Fact Box

Chemical Class
Retinoid
Habit Forming
No

Patient Concerns

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I ve acne in my cheek Pleaee suggest me some medicine. Sotret and clindac a was worked in my skin very well but now not working please suggest
Dr. Atul Jain
Dermatology
Then take tt with advise of dr.Try benzac ac 2.5 gel at night
I'm on sotret 10mg and nadoxin cr . It's been 4 months since I'm having medicine . But in last few i got some pus acne again . Can i use patanjali cucumber face papck ?
Dr. Banashree Majumdar
Dermatology
You have to ask an Ayurvedic
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FAQs

Q. What are the recommended tests during Sotret therapy?

Your liver enzymes and serum lipids will be checked before the treatment is started. These levels will also be monitored 1 month after the start of treatment and subsequently at 3 monthly intervals unless more frequent monitoring is clinically indicated.

Q. Is Sotret safe to use?

Sotret should be used with care since it is associated with significant adverse reactions. It should be used only for patients with severe nodular acne who are unresponsive to conventional therapy, including systemic antibiotics. In addition, Sotret should not be used by pregnant women because it can cause severe birth defects.

Q. Is Sotret a steroid?

No, Sotret is a retinoid (vitamin A) which is used to treat severe types of acne.

Q. Does Sotret work permanently?

It has been observed in many patients that a single 15-20-week course effectively cures the condition and prevents it from coming back. If at all a second course is required, one should wait for at least 8 weeks after completion of the first course. This is because experience with Sotret has shown that the symptoms in the patients with acne may continue to improve following treatment with Sotret.

Q. Why is Sotret so dangerous during pregnancy?

If pregnancy occurs during treatment with Sotret then, there is an extremely high risk that the baby may be born with severe birth defects.

Q. Can Sotret cause cancer?

No, there are no reports of Sotret causing cancer. In fact, it may be useful in some forms of head, skin and neck cancers.

Q. What are the long-term side effects of Sotret?

A normal course of treatment of Sotret is 15–20 weeks. Therefore, long-term effects of low doses have not been studied. However, it may have some effect on the bone mineral density. It may decrease bone mineral density in some patients, resulting in osteoporosis or fractures.

Q. Does Sotret affect male fertility?

No, Sotret does not affect the fertility of male patients. No significant effects were seen on ejaculate volume, sperm count, total sperm motility, morphology or seminal plasma fructose.

Q. Does Sotret damage your liver?

There may be a transient increase in liver enzymes with Sotret use. Therefore, regular laboratory tests are required. These values generally return to normal after some time. If the levels remain elevated for a long time, your doctor may discontinue the use of Sotret.

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References

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