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Isotrex Gel is a topical gel, used for the treatment of mild to moderate acne. Acne is where the skin develops spots and becomes oily. Isotrex works by increasing the turnover of skin cells, and reduces blocked pores, helping the natural exfoliation of the skin.
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Isotrex Gel

What is Isotrex Gel?

Isotrex Gel is a topical gel used for the treatment of mild to moderate acne. Acne is where the skin develops spots and becomes oily, and may be a source of embarrassment or reduced self esteem for some patients. Isotrex Gel can help reduce spots and swelling caused by acne.

Isotrex Gel is a prescription only medication. You must have a valid prescription in order to buy it. However, we can prescribe it to you following a brief online consultation. Contact us to find out more.

The active ingredient in Isotrex Gel is isotretinoin. For more information about Isotrex Gel, consult the patient information leaflet.

How it works

Isotrex Gel belongs to a group of medications known as retinoids. Retinoids are derivatives of Vitamin A. When it is applied to the skin, Isotrex Gel loosens the cells in the surface of the skin, so that oil-producing glands in the skin can function normally. This helps prevent blocked pores, reducing the likelihood of spots.

Isotrex Gel also increases the turnover of skin cells, helping the natural exfoliation of the skin. This also helps unblock pores, and prevents blackheads and spots.

In some patients, Isotrex Gel can begin to work within a few weeks, but most patients will need to use Isotrex Gel for six to eight weeks before noticing any measurable improvement to their condition.

Before you take it

You should not use Isotrex Gel if you are allergic to the active ingredient isotretinoin. You must consult with your doctor to discuss an alternative treatment for your acne.

It is important that you do not use Isotrex Gel if you have eczema, rosacea or perioral dermatitis, as Isotrex Gel can aggravate these conditions. If you have ever had skin cancer, or you have skin reactions when exposed to sunlight, contact a doctor and discuss an alternative treatment.

Isotrex Gel must only be used externally, to the affected areas of skin. Keep it away from your lips, mouth, eyes and nostrils. Do not swallow it.

Isotrex Gel should not be used on any area of irritated skin, or skin where you have cuts, bruises or scrapes. You should wait until these areas have healed before using any kind of topical acne cream.

If you are using other acne treatments containing benzoyl peroxide, they can make Isotrex Gel less effective. You should speak with your doctor to ascertain which treatment is more suitable for you.

Isotrex Gel may harm an unborn or nursing baby. You must not use Isotrex Gel if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding. It is not known whether Isotrex Gel passes into breast milk. If you are planning to become pregnant, ensure you wait until at least one month after you finish treatment with Isotrex Gel. During this time you should make sure to use adequate contraception.

Isotrex Gel can make your skin sensitive to sunlight. While you are using Isotrex Gel, you should take appropriate precautions to protect your skin, such as wearing protective clothing or using suncream. You should avoid the use of sunbeds or sunlamps during this time. If you get sunburnt, stop using Isotrex Gel until your skin has healed.

Before you start using Isotrex Gel, tell your doctor about any other medicines you may be taking.

This is not an exhaustive list of warnings or interactions. For a full list, you should read the patient information leaflet or visit your doctor for advice.

Dosage Instructions

You must always use Isotrex Gel exactly as your doctor or pharmacist has told you. Never exceed the stated dose. If you are in any way unsure of how to use Isotrex Gel, you should contact your doctor or pharmacist and ask for advice.

Isotrex Gel should be used once or twice daily, depending on what your doctor has told you. You must keep using it until your doctor tells you otherwise.

You should first wash your hands and remove any cosmetic product from your skin. Wash the affected area with soap and water, and ensure it is thoroughly dry. Apply a pea-sized amount of Isotrex Gel to your finger, and gently rub into your skin. You should apply Isotrex Gel to all of the affected skin area - not just individual spots. Ensure you wash your hands thoroughly after application.

Store Isotrex Gel in a cool, dry place, free from heat or moisture. Keep it out of the reach of children and pets.

Common Side Effects of Isotrex Gel

Isotrex Gel may cause unwanted side effects. These are usually mild to moderate in nature, and they will go away after treatment stops. However, if they concern you, or are persistent, you may wish to visit your doctor to discuss them. Potential side effects include:

  • Redness or peeling of the skin
  • Dry skin
  • Itching
  • Irritation
  • Burning sensation
  • Stinging or skin pain

Isotrex Gel can also cause more severe side effects. These are comparatively rare, but you should visit your doctor to discuss them if you experience them. They can include:

  • Darkening or lightening of the skin
  • Sensitivity to sunlight

Isotrex Gel may cause a serious allergic reaction. This is extremely rare, but an allergic reaction is an emergency. If you believe you are suffering from an allergic reaction, you should seek medical advice without delay. Symptoms can include:

  • Tightness in the chest or throat
  • Wheezing
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Swelling of the tongue, mouth, face or throat
  • Hives or nettle rash

This is not a complete list of side effects. For a full list, read the patient information leaflet or discuss with your doctor.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Is Isotrex Gel suitable for children?

Isotrex Gel is suitable for children age 12 and over to treat mild to moderate topical acne. We do not prescribe any medication to anyone under the age of 18.

I’m pregnant. Can I use Isotrex Gel?

No. You must not under any circumstances use Isotrex Gel if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, because it can harm an unborn or nursing baby. You must use effective contraception if you are of childbearing age and are sexually active while using Isotrex Gel.

What happens if I miss a dose?

If you forget to apply Isotrex Gel, simply skip the missed dose and apply it at your next scheduled time. Do not apply more than you should to make up for a missed dose.

What happens if I use too much?

If you use too much Isotrex Gel, it will not make your acne go away any quicker, but you may experience more side effects than usual, such as skin irritation, peeling or redness. You should only ever use Isotrex Gel as prescribed. If you have swallowed Isotrex Gel, it is unlikely to harm you in small amounts, but you should seek medical advice.

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Dosage Instructions Apply thinly ONE to TWO times a day.