Oral retinoids can be used to treat severe acne and HS that has not been successfully treated with topical agents. Examples of oral retinoids include acitretin, isotretinoin, and alitretinoin.
Oral retinoids help reduce fever, pain, and inflammation. They are believed to work by promoting skin cells to die rapidly to encourage new growth.
How do I take it?
Take oral retinoids according to directions given by your doctor or found on the medication package. Do not exceed the recommended dosage. When taking oral retinoids, it is important to use the lowest dose that is effective and to take it for the shortest amount of time in order to avoid side effects.
Oral retinoids may cause birth defects in users who are pregnant and can increase the risk of severe mental health problems.
Common side effects of oral retinoids include inflammation of the lips, dry skin, and high cholesterol. Most side effects are reversible and will go away after completion of treatment.
Contact your doctor if you experience severe stomach pain, back and joint pain, hearing or visual problems, or neurological issues.
Seek medical help immediately if you experience symptoms of an allergic reaction such as trouble breathing, severe dizziness, rash, or itching or swelling of the face, tongue, and throat.
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Common Treatments for HS — RxList
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