One hundred and sixteen patients with severe nodulocystic acne were treated with 0.75 mg/kg isotretinoin daily for 6 months. One hundred and seven (92%) were completely healed or markedly improved at the end of treatment compared to 94 (81%) 42 months later. There was no significant difference in the clinical response between male and female patients. Seven of the 40 female patients gave birth to 7 fully developed and healthy children 39 months after discontinuation of therapy. Cheilitis (84%) and dry skin (54%) were the most common side effects, the severity of the side effects being dose-related. Increased serum triglyceride values following treatment were found in 31 (27%) of the patients. A better life quality was experienced by 99 (85%) patients after isotretinoin therapy.
Falk ES, Stenvold SE