: There is at present little published information on the current indications for isotretinoin as a treatment of acne vulgaris.
: To investigate the factors which influence our current prescribing of isotretinoin: acne severity, response to previous therapy, scarring and psychological effect.
: Data on the factors influencing treatment of 200 patients with isotretinoin between January 1993 and May 1994 were examined.
: 41% of patients were prescribed isotretinoin for partial response to previous therapy, 26% for partial therapy and scarring and 17% for partial response to treatment and psychological disturbance. Only 16 patients received isotretinoin for severe acne.
: Patients who show only partial response to conventional antibiotic therapy should be prescribed isotretinoin in order to minimize scarring and significant psychological disturbance, independently of the severity of the acne.
Dr. V. Goulden, Department of Dermatology, General Infirmary at Leeds, Great George Street, Leeds LSI 3EX (UK)
Received: June 27, 1994
Accepted: October 27, 1994
Published online: October 07, 2009
Number of Print Pages : 4
Vol. 190, No. 4, Year 1995 (Cover Date: 1995)
Journal Editor: Saurat J.-H. (Geneva)
ISSN: 1018-8665 (Print), eISSN: 1421-9832 (Online)
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