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What is Absorica?

Absorica Capsule is used for Severe skin problems and other conditions. Absorica Capsule may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
Absorica Capsule contains Isotretinoin as an active ingredient.
Absorica Capsule works by decreasing the amount of oil secreted by oil glands.
Ranbaxy manufactures Absorica Capsule.
Detailed information related to Absorica Capsule's uses, composition, dosage, side effects and reviews is listed below.

Absorica Capsule Uses

Absorica Capsule is used for the treatment, control, prevention, & improvement of the following diseases, conditions and symptoms:
  • Severe skin problems
  • Absorica Capsule may also be used for purposes not listed here.
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Absorica Capsule Working, Mechanism of Action and Pharmacology

Absorica Capsule improves the patient's condition by performing the following functions:
References: 1

Absorica Capsule - Composition and Active Ingredients

Absorica Capsule is composed of the following active ingredients (salts)
Please note that this medicine may be available in various strengths for each active ingredient listed above.

Absorica Capsule - Side-effects

The following is a list of possible side-effects that may occur from all constituting ingredients of Absorica Capsule. This is not a comprehensive list. These side-effects are possible, but do not always occur. Some of the side-effects may be rare but serious. Consult your doctor if you observe any of the following side-effects, especially if they do not go away.
If you notice other side-effects not listed above, contact your doctor for medical advice. You may also report side-effects to your local food and drug administration authority.
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Absorica Capsule - Precautions & How to Use

Before using Absorica Capsule, inform your doctor about your current list of medications, over the counter products (e.g. vitamins, herbal supplements, etc.), allergies, pre-existing diseases, and current health conditions (e.g. pregnancy, upcoming surgery, etc.). Some health conditions may make you more susceptible to the side-effects of the drug. Take as directed by your doctor or follow the direction printed on the product insert. Dosage is based on your condition. Tell your doctor if your condition persists or worsens. Important counseling points are listed below.
  • Avoid blood donation till 30 days after treatment
  • Men must use contraception
  • Monitor blood lipid levels, liver function, blood cell count and pregnancy test before treatment
  • Planning to get pregnant
  • Use sunscreen
  • Women must use at least two methods of contraception

Absorica Capsule - Drug Interactions

If you use other drugs or over the counter products at the same time, the effects of Absorica Capsule may change. This may increase your risk for side-effects or cause your drug not to work properly. Tell your doctor about all the drugs, vitamins, and herbal supplements you are using, so that you doctor can help you prevent or manage drug interactions. Absorica Capsule may interact with the following drugs and products:
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Absorica Capsule - Contraindications

Hypersensitivity to Absorica Capsule is a contraindication. In addition, Absorica Capsule should not be used if you have the following conditions:
  • Allergic reactions
  • Breastfeeding
  • Laser skin treatments
  • Pregnant
  • Vitamin A supplements
  • Waxing for hair removal
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Where to Buy Absorica Capsule

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Absorica Capsule - Frequently asked Questions

  • Is Absorica Capsule safe to consume or apply when pregnant?
    No
  • Is Absorica Capsule safe while breastfeeding?
    No
  • Is it safe to drive or operate heavy machinery when consuming?
    If you experience drowsiness, dizziness, hypotension or a headache as side-effects when using Absorica Capsule medicine then it may not be safe to drive a vehicle or operate heavy machinery. One should not drive a vehicle if using the medicine makes you drowsy, dizzy or lowers your blood-pressure extensively. Pharmacists also advise patients not to drink alcohol with medicines as alcohol intensifies drowsiness side-effects. Please check for these effects on your body when using Absorica Capsule. Always consult with your doctor for recommendations specific to your body and health conditions.
  • Is this medicine or product addictive or habit forming?
    Most medicines don't come with a potential for addiction or abuse. Usually, government's categorizes medicines that can be addictive as controlled substances. Examples include schedule H or X in India and schedule II-V in the US. Please consult the product package to make sure that the medicine does not belong to such special categorizations of medicines. Lastly, do not self-medicate and increase your body's dependence to medicines without the advice of a doctor.
  • Can it be stopped immediately or do I have to slowly ween off consumption?
    Some medicines need to be tapered or cannot be stopped immediately because of rebound effects. Please consult with your doctor for recommendations specific to your body, health and other medications that you may be using.

Other important Information on Absorica Capsule

Missing a dose

In case you miss a dose, use it as soon as you notice. If it is close to the time of your next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your dosing schedule. Do not use extra dose to make up for a missed dose. If you are regularly missing doses, consider setting an alarm or asking a family member to remind you. Please consult your doctor to discuss changes in your dosing schedule or a new schedule to make up for missed doses, if you have missed too many doses recently.
References: 2, 3, 4, 5

Overdosage of Absorica Capsule

  • Do not use more than prescribed dose. Taking more medication will not improve your symptoms; rather they may cause poisoning or serious side-effects. If you suspect that you or anyone else who may have overdosed of Absorica Capsule, please go to the emergency department of the closest hospital or nursing home. Bring a medicine box, container, or label with you to help doctors with necessary information.
  • Do not give your medicines to other people even if you know that they have the same condition or it seems that they may have similar conditions. This may lead to overdosage.
  • Please consult your physician or pharmacist or product package for more information.
References: 6, 7, 8

Storage of Absorica Capsule

  • Store medicines at room temperature, away from heat and direct light. Do not freeze medicines unless required by package insert. Keep medicines away from children and pets.
  • Do not flush medications down the toilet or pour them into drainage unless instructed to do so. Medication discarded in this manner may contaminate the environment. Please consult your pharmacist or doctor for more details on how to safely discard Absorica Capsule.
References: 9, 10, 11, 12

Expired Absorica Capsule

  • Taking a single dose of expired Absorica Capsule is unlikely to produce an adverse event. However, please discuss with your primary health provider or pharmacist for proper advice or if you feel unwell or sick. Expired drug may become ineffective in treating your prescribed conditions. To be on the safe side, it is important not to use expired drug. If you have a chronic illness that requires taking medicine constantly such as heart condition, seizures, and life-threatening allergies, you are much safer keeping in touch with your primary health care provider so that you can have a fresh supply of unexpired medications.
References: 13, 14

Dosage Information

Please consult your physician or pharmacist or refer to product package.

Questions - Absorica Capsule

No, Absorica does not cause the weight gain. Isotretinoin is the generic name of Absorica. It is the naturally-occurring retinoic acid with antineoplastic activity. The drug binds and activates the nuclear retinoic acid receptors (RARs). These activated RARs serves as transcription factors that promote cell differentiation and apoptosis. This agent also has anti-inflammatory and immunomodulatory responses and inhibits ornithine decarboxylase and decreases polyamine synthesis and keratinization.

Common side effects of Absorica include the blistering, peeling, red skin rash, allergic reaction like itching, swelling or tingling in the mouth or throat, chest tightness, trouble breathing, depression, unusual moods or behaviors, thought of hurting ownself or others, fever, chills, cough, sore throat, body aches, hearing loss, ringing in your ears, dark urine or pale stools, loss of appetite, yellow skin or eyes, severe diarrhea, stomach pain, or bleeding from your rectum, sudden and severe stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, fever, lightheadedness, vision changes, trouble seeing at night, seizures, unusual bleeding, bruising, or weakness, bloody urine.

A study published in DailyMed and PubChem demonstrated that people had experienced Weight loss when Absorica was given. However, the exact weight loss varied, depending on the dose and duration.

If you're concerned about any weight changes while taking Absorica, consult your healthcare provider or doctor.

References
1. DailyMed ABSORICA- isotretinoin capsule URL: Accessed November 22, 2017
2. PubChem Isotretinoin URL: Accessed November 22, 2017
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Absorica Capsule - Packages and Strengths

Absorica Capsule is available in the following packages and strengths
Absorica Capsule - Packages: 30MG, 25MG, 40MG, 35MG, 10MG, 20MG

Absorica Capsule - Manufacturers

The medicine is manufactured by the following companies

Absorica Capsule - Demographic Information

References

  1. Dailymed LABEL: ABSORICA- isotretinoin capsule - Accessed: October 12, 2016.
  2. - Accessed: July 14, 2016.
  3. - Accessed: July 3, 2016.
  4. Cancer.Net (2014). - Accessed: July 3, 2016.
  5. Schachter, S.C., Shafer, P. O. &; Sirven, J.I. (2013). - Accessed: May 28, 2016.
  6. National Institute of Drug Abuse (2010). - Accessed: July 21, 2016.
  7. eMedicinehealth (2016). - Accessed: July 21, 2016.
  8. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2010). - Accessed: July 21, 2016.
  9. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. December 12, 2011. - Accessed: June 10, 2016.
  10. The Center for Improving Medication Management and the National Council on Patient Information and Education. - Accessed: June 10, 2016.
  11. U.S. Food and Drug Administration. December 24, 2013. - Accessed: June 10, 2016.
  12. World Health Organization: - Accessed: July 1, 2016.
  13. Lyon, R. C., Taylor, J. S., Porter, D. A., et al. (2006) Stability profiles of drug products extended beyond labeled expiration dates. Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences; 95:1549-60 - Accessed: July 3, 2016.
  14. Harvard Medical School (2016). - Accessed: May 1, 2016.

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