Is a Generic Form of Accutane Available?

I do not have insurance, is there a generic form of Accutane that is not priced outrageously? I am a 21-year-old male. I would consider my acne severe.

Doctor Answers 2

Yes, several

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Unfortunately, non are cheap. I guess you can thank all those frivolous lawsuits driving up the price. The vast majority of patients treated with Accutane and its generic forms did so well with no serious side effects. The isotretinoin option is so effective for severe acne when responsibly prescribed. I believe I recently heard Accutane was no longer being made, so generics such as Sotret and Claravis are the only options. Make sure you have your labs monitored and watch your diet and avoid alcohol.

New Orleans Dermatologist
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Generic Accutane

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There are several generic brands of Accutane available including Amnesteem, Claravis, Sotret and Isotane. Unfortunately, even the generic brands can be somewhat expensive. For example, in our area, 60 mg daily dose for 1 month would cost approximately $300-$350.

Supplies of name-brand Accutane (Roche) may still be available at this time, but I believe Roche stopped marketing it recently (after July 2009).

Good luck.

Bryan K. Chen, MD
San Diego Dermatologist

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