New form of Accutane, researched by Joel Schlessinger MD, approved for use in USRanbaxy Laboratories has launched Absorica, a drug used to treat recalcitrant acne, in the United States. Joel Schlessinger MD is excited about this new and effective treatment for acne.

Recalcitrant nodular acne is a severe type of acne that often does not respond to antibiotics or topical treatments. Absorica, a new version Accutane, is taken as a capsule by mouth twice daily.

Accutane is an effective treatment that heals and prevents acne breakouts on skin that may be resistant to other treatments. One of the downfalls of Accutane is that it must be taken with a large meal for best results. This version of Accutane has a better ability to be absorbed into the GI tract.

“This means that folks don’t have to take it with a fatty meal to get decent blood levels,” said Joel Schlessinger MD. “In our tests, it did a fantastic job.”

Joel Schlessinger MD worked on this drug in clinical trials at the Advanced Skin Research Center in Omaha.

“The other benefit of this drug is that we hope there will be company support for indigent patients who need it.”

Currently, generic forms of Accutane are not much less expensive than the brand name drug, so it is still unaffordable to many patients.

Have you ever tried Absorica or Accutane? Tell us about your experience in the comments.

Posted Monday, November 26th, 2012 at 8:42 pm
Filed Under Category: Acne Skin Care, Dermatology, Research and Studies, Skin Care, Skin Care Innovation
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jo ellen brewster

I am 58 years old and have just been put on a very low dose (5mg) of accutane to control greasiness. I am concerned because this drug and blood levels must be closely monitored. Is this new drug a bit safer? I am worried about the damage to liver and blood chemistry. Especially at my age! I would be very interested in hearing about this new drug. It appears that the 5mg dose isn’t working real well to dry me up. Maybe the dose is too small and i think because of my age, they want to take it easy.


Hi Jo Ellen,
I don’t really use that dosage as I think it is too long of an exposure and have some concerns about the long term effects myself. I would not want to encourage it, but many dermatologists do feel comfortable with that drug and dosage. Good luck!


Is there really treatment of gray hair ?! can i try it


Hi Kawthar,
It is very early to say. I don’t know that it will ever become standard, but I’ll keep my readers informed. Thank you!

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