GENERIC NAME is : isotretinoin COMMON BRAND NAMES ARE: Accutane, roaccutane Absorica,Myorisan, -Zenatane, -Claravis, Amnesteem, Roaccutane (Isotretinoin) is used for the treatment and prevention of acne. Acne is caused by inflammation of the skin primarily affecting teens, However it also affects adults. . The severe acne is caused in part by an increased secretion of sebum (oily substance) from glands on the surface of the skin. It causes inflammation with the formation of scars. The exact mechanism of action of isotretinoin is not known; however, it may reduce acne by reducing the secretion of sebum. In this case there will be less inflammation. The FDA approved isotretinoin in the year of 1982. Isotretinoin is prescribed and used to treat severe acne that doesnt go away with creams, drying agents, and topical or oral antibiotics. Prolonged positive results can be seen after just 15 to 20 weeks of isotretinoin. Because of its serious side effects, isotretinoin / accutane. But roaccutane should be used only in the treatment of very severe and resistant acne. isotretinoin is sold and approved by the FDA, and are only to be prescribed by healthcare providers and pharmacies registered with FDA.