Using Oratane

How Do I Use Oratane?

It is very important to follow the instructions given to you by your doctor. These instructions will help to make sure you are getting the right dose of Oratane. In determining the exact dosage you need, your doctor will have considered the severity of your acne and your body mass.

An Oratane reminder has been enclosed with this booklet. It is designed to remind you to take your Oratane.

It is important not to miss any of your Oratane capsules, or to take too many Oratane capsules. If you do miss a dose you should not take a double dose to make up for it, you should wait until it is time for your next dose and take your Oratane as normal, then continue taking your Oratane in the usual way.

What Is My Dose Of Oratane?

Your doctor has prescribed a particular dose of Oratane for you for a specific reason. It is important that you do not change the amount of Oratane you are taking, if you think it is too strong or too weak speak to your doctor. Your doctor may vary your dose of Oratane, depending on how your body responds to the treatment. Only your doctor should change your dose of Oratane.

You should continue taking your Oratane for as long as your dermatologist instructs you to.

What MUST I Do While Taking Oratane?

While taking Oratane you MUST:

  • Take your Oratane capsules with meals.
  • NOT chew or suck the capsules.
  • Swallow the capsules whole with water or another non-alcoholic drink.
  • Take each dose of Oratane when it is due.
  • Follow your doctor’s instructions.

If you follow the above instructions as closely as possible your Oratane will work better.

What Should I Expect From Oratane?

When you first start taking Oratane you may find that your acne starts to get worse. This does not mean that the medication is not working. If this happens to you, do not be discouraged, keep taking your Oratane, as prescribed by your doctor. The worsening of your acne nearly always stops within the first few weeks, and then your acne will start to clear. If you have any worries or concerns about this, contact your doctor. Within the first four weeks of starting Oratane you will notice that your skin is much drier than before. This is because the Oratane is starting to work by reducing the amount of oil being produced by your skin. You may also find that you need to wash your hair less often. By the third or fourth week your acne will be showing signs of improving. The improvement should continue throughout your Oratane treatment.

When I Finish My Oratane

If you have any Oratane capsules left when you have finished your treatment it is very important that you return them to your doctor or pharmacist.

  • Never give your Oratane to anyone else, even if they have acne.
  • Oratane is a prescription only medicine.
  • Oratane should only be used under the supervision of a doctor.

At the conclusion of your Oratane treatment your acne should have significantly cleared. Your skin should continue clearing, possibly for one or two months, after the Oratane treat-ment has ceased. The side effects associated with Oratane treatment will begin to clear at the conclusion of the treatment.