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The effects of isotretinoin will remain in your system for about 5 weeks after completing your treatment. However mood changes can occur for up to twelve months after your treatment. If these are significant, please inform your GP.
Any pinkness should settle once the drug is out of your system.
It is not unusual to get the odd spot once stopping treatment which normally settles down. However, if you are concerned, please contact your GP who may prescribe a cream for you to apply.
Scarring can often look more pink or purple whilst taking isotretinoin and this should settle once the drug is out of your system. It is important that you do not have any treatment for scarring for at least six months after completing treatment as your skin will be sensitive.
It is important that any spare tablets you have left are taken to your local pharmacy where they can be disposed of safely.
Discharge information for patients taking isotretinoin - patient information leaflet
Produced August 2010. Revised August 2012, December 2012, October 2014, December 2016, March 2022
Revision due March 2024. Version: 5.0
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