ACNESTAR 20mg Capsule 10's

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Drug Information for ACNESTAR 20mg Capsule 10's

What is ACNESTAR 20mg Capsule used for?

ACNESTAR 20mg Capsule is used for the treatment of cystic acne.

ACNESTAR 20mg Capsule may also be prescribed for other conditions as determined by the doctor.

How does ACNESTAR 20mg Capsule work?

ACNESTAR 20mg Capsule belongs to the class of drugs called retinoids. This drug acts by decreasing the production of facial oil or sebum and preventing the abnormal hardening of the skin. It also works by reducing the inflammation. Thus, it reduces the severity of acne.

How to use ACNESTAR 20mg Capsule?

The dosage and the drug form depend on the age, weight and medical condition of an individual. Use ACNESTAR 20mg Capsule as prescribed by your doctor. It is available in tablet, capsule, or gel dosage forms.

  • Swallow the tablet/capsule whole. Do not crush or chew the tablet/capsule. Take ACNESTAR 20mg Capsule with food.
  • Apply ACNESTAR 20mg Capsule gel over the acne.

The overdose symptoms of ACNESTAR 20mg Capsule may include:

  • Difficulty in breathing
  • Facial flushing
  • Headache
  • Loss of balance

What are the drugs that interact with ACNESTAR 20mg Capsule?

Drugs that interact with ACNESTAR 20mg Capsule include the following:

  • Acitretin
  • Bexarotene
  • Minocycline
  • Phenytoin
  • Prednisone
  • Tetracycline

This is not a comprehensive list of drug interactions. Consult your doctor to know more about other possible drug interactions.

What are the side effects of ACNESTAR 20mg Capsule?

The following are the most common side effects of ACNESTAR 20mg Capsule tablet/capsule:

  • Dry mouth
  • Swelling of eyelids
  • Swelling of lips

The following are the severe side effects, and you may require immediate medical attention:

  • Mood changes
  • Depression
  • Violent behaviour
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Tingling sensation
  • Joint pain

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Please consult your doctor to know more about other possible side effects.

What special precautions ACNESTAR 20mg Capsule?

  • Avoid using the medicine if you are allergic to ACNESTAR 20mg Capsule or similar drugs.
  • Do not exceed the dose more than prescribed.
  • Be cautious while using ACNESTAR 20mg Capsule if you have a kidney or liver impairment.
  • Avoid ACNESTAR 20mg Capsule during pregnancy and breastfeeding because the safe use of the drug is unknown.
  • Do not stop using ACNESTAR 20mg Capsule abruptly unless instructed by the doctor. Stopping the medication suddenly may cause the illness to return.
  • Avoid prolonged exposure the sunlight while using ACNESTAR 20mg Capsule.

What should you tell  your doctor before using  ACNESTAR 20mg Capsule?

  • Tell your doctor if you have any history of heart, liver or kidney diseases.
  • Inform the doctor if you are taking any other drugs, OTC medications, herbal products or nutritional supplements.

Frequently Asked Questions about ACNESTAR 20mg Capsule

  1. Is it safe to alter the dose of ACNESTAR 20mg Capsule?
  2. No. It is not safe to change the dose of ACNESTAR 20mg Capsule unless suggested by the doctor.

  3. Is it safe to use ACNESTAR 20mg Capsule in patients with a history of osteoporosis?
  4. No. ACNESTAR 20mg Capsule is not safe to use in patients with a history of osteoporosis.

  5. Should I follow any special dietary instructions while using ACNESTAR 20mg Capsule tablet?
  6. ACNESTAR 20mg Capsule is a derivative of vitamin A. Therefore, avoid foods rich in vitamin A as it may worsen the side effects of ACNESTAR 20mg Capsule.

  7. How long does ACNESTAR 20mg Capsule tablet take to show its effect?
  8. A complete clearing of acne may be achieved within 16 to 24 days of continued treatment.

  9. Is it safe to use ACNESTAR 20mg Capsule in patients with glaucoma?
  10. No. Use of ACNESTAR 20mg Capsule should be avoided in patients with glaucoma.


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