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Isotrex Gel

What is Isotrex Gel?

Isotrex Gel is a preparation that is applied directly to the skin to treat acne. It contains an active ingredient called isotretinoin, which is classed as a 'retinoid' and is derived from vitamin A. It is effective at treating mild to moderate acne.

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Isotrex gel Isotrex (Isotretinoin) Gel 0.05% £0.25 per gram Prescription only Start consultation

What are the key benefits of Isotrex Gel?

Creams and gels that are applied to the skin in this way are particularly suitable for people who cannot take - or do not wish to take - an antibiotic orally.

How do I use Isotrex Gel?

Isotrex Gel should be applied thinly to the affected area once or twice a day, after the area has been washed, rinsed with warm water and patted dry. The preparation comes in a tube, and is applied to the skin with the fingertips. The hands should be washed after the gel has been applied.

Isotrex Gel can take a little time before you will see it working - sometimes up to two or three months - so you will need to be patient. Using it more often than once or twice a day will increase the risk of skin irritation but isn't likely to make it more effective.

It should be used carefully on the face - avoid contact with the eyes and mouth, the angles of the nose, and any cuts or other patches of sensitive or broken skin. You should not expose yourself to excessive amounts of sunlight and avoid sun lamps while using this product, to avoid skin irritation and dryness.

Is Isotrex Gel suitable for me?

There are some situations where Isotrex Gel should be used with caution or would not be recommended - for example in children, women who are pregnant or breast feeding, or patients who have a history of skin cancer, skin reactions to sunlight, or who have eczema. It is not usually used at the same time as any other treatments for acne. If it doesn't work for you, talk to your doctor as a different acne treatment might be better.

Tell the doctor if you are taking any other medicines, either from your doctor or purchased from a pharmacy. Isotrex Gel may not be suitable or may need to be used with caution if you are taking some medicines, such as other medicines or creams for acne, especially other ones that contain vitamin A derivatives (such as Differin) or benzoyl peroxide. It will not be suitable if you are allergic to isotretinoin, other retinoid medicines, or any of the other ingredients.

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What are the side effects of Isotrex Gel?

Like all medicines, Isotrex Gel can cause side effects, although not everybody will experience them.

Side effects that are considered to be very common include skin dryness, redness, irritation, or itching. If this is troublesome you should use the gel less often, or stop it altogether for a while. If the irritation continues, Isotrex Gel may not be suitable for you and you should talk to your doctor.

For a full list of potential side effects and other important information, please read the patient leaflet provided in the pack before starting any course of treatment. The leaflets can also be viewed online here.

Online consultations are available through our convenient & confidential Online Doctor service, which could lead to Isotrex Gel being prescribed as a treatment for acne.

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