This medication is used to treat severe cystic acne (also known as nodular acne) that has not responded to other treatment (e.g. benzoyl peroxide or clindamycin applied to the skin or tetracycline or minocycline taken by mouth). It belongs to a class of drugs known as retinoids. It works by decreasing facial oil (sebum) production. High amounts of sebum can lead to severe acne. If left untreated severe acne may cause permanent scarring.
Dry lips and mouth minor swelling of the eyelids or lips crusty skin nosebleeds upset stomach or thinning of hair may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly.
To relieve dry mouth suck on (sugarless) hard candy or ice chips chew (sugarless) gum drink water or use a saliva substitute.
Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit