Generic Name:Isotretinoin
Brand Name(s):Sotret, Claravis

Claravis is a skin care drug, which is a form Vitamin A and it is treated as in usage for nodular acne. This medication is used to treat severe cystic acne (also known as nodular acne) that has not responded to other treatment such as 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. There is a rule of using claravis that you will need to register with iPLEDGE and view a video at your doctor's office before receiving your prescription. Only physicians enrolled in iPLEDGE may prescribe Claravis, and only pharmacies enrolled in the program may dispense it.

How to use

It is recommended that Claravis skin care drug should be taken as completely. Do not crush or chew them but should be swallowed whole. Claravis is usually taken for 15-20 weeks, twice daily with food or as directed by your doctor. Food helps increase absorption of this medication into your bloodstream. Take this drug with a full glass of water, and do not lie down for 10 minutes after taking it. The usage is based on your medical condition and response to therapy. Your acne may worsen during the first few days of taking this drug, and it may take up to 1-2 months before you notice the full benefit of this medication. If severe acne returns, a second course of treatment may be started after you have stopped taking the drug for 2 months. The manufacturer does not recommend long-term use of Claravis. Do not take more than the recommended dose.

Cautions before using

The precautions that are to be taken with Claravis are as follows:

  • People with a history of diabetes should avoid this medication
  • Those who have allergies to soybean, peanuts also avoid this medicine.
  • Person with a family or personal history of high blood fats (triglycerides) should stay away
  • History of psychiatric disorder or depression
  • Disorders of liver
  • Obese people should avoid taking Claravis
  • People with alcohol abuse
  • People with osteoporosis
  • Women who are pregnant should take serious care before taking Claravis

Claravis Side Effects

The side effects, which, may occur due to the usage of Claravis, are as follows:

  • Dry lips and mouth
  • Minor swelling of eyelids
  • Crusty skin
  • Nose bleeding
  • Depression or violent behavior
  • Upset stomach
  • Thinning of Hair
  • Suicidal Thoughts
  • Muscle pain
  • Quick or Severe Sunburn
  • Joint pain
  • Sore throat
  • Fever
  • Rectal bleeding
  • Diarrhea
  • Chest pain
  • Allergic reaction
  • Dizziness

Reactions and Overdose

It is suggested that before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist of all prescription and nonprescription or any herbal products you are using , especially of: tetracyclines such as minocycline, vitamin A-type drugs such as acitretin, bexarotene, vitamin A drugs that cause bone such as anti-seizure drugs such as phenytoin, corticosteroids such as prednisone.

Overdose symptoms include the symptoms of vomiting, dizziness, stomach pain, headache and loss of balance.


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