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how long does accutane take to start working

A 59-year-old member asked:
Dr. Margaret Mann
18 years experience Dermatology
2-3 months: Accutane or Isotretinoin is one of the most effective medication we have for acne. It is dosed based on your weight and taken as a 5-6 month course. ... Read More

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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Berger
40 years experience Dermatology
Varies: Some clear first month some clear after finish last dose. Most improve 3rd or 4th mo.
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Walter Futterweit
63 years experience Endocrinology
Early 3-4 wks: Can act early as 3-4 weeks in many
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Emil Shakov
16 years experience Aesthetic Medicine
At least 6 months: At least this is the time we recommend before doing any kind of aesthetic procedure on a patient.
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jose Prieto-hernandez
35 years experience Infectious Disease
Depends on administr: IV immediately and oral about 6 hours after ingestion
A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Daquino
20 years experience Sports Medicine
Pretty quick: If your treating a susceptible bacterial infection you will usually see a pretty significant improvement in the first few days. Some infections of c ... Read More
A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sung Taylor
22 years experience Family Medicine
1 hour: About 1 hour for it to start helping but full effect will require about 4 hours.
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dan Fisher
26 years experience Internal Medicine
About an hour: About an hour or so. Peak effects at a few hours then gradual wearing off.
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. EVAN Leibowitz
24 years experience Rheumatology
Rapidly: One of prednisone's benefits is that in general it works rapidly like within 1-2 weeks. There are times with certain diseases such as lupus or vascul ... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Dean Giannone
24 years experience Internal Medicine
Takes its time. : The full effect of levothyroxine is not immediate. When we start the medication anew or change its dose, we usually have to wait at least three weeks ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Larry Lutwick
48 years experience Infectious Disease
Strep throat: Symptomatology improves within a day or so. The major reason to treat strep throats has always been to prevent rheumatic fever which is unusual now p ... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michio Abe
25 years experience Internal Medicine
7 days.: 7 days.
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Morris Westfried
45 years experience Dermatology
One application: It used overnight and works within 8 hours. Itching can persist for days as the mites die off and may need to be treated with a prescription steroid c ... Read More
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A 59-year-old female asked:
Dr. Antonio Bunker-Huertas
18 years experience Internal Medicine
Pantoprazole: Ppis such as Pantoprazole can take anywhere from a few days to 1-2 weeks for you to truly notice an effect.
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A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Eastern
43 years experience Dermatology
Most people...: ...Notice superficial redness and peeling almost immediately - often after the very first application. Deeper effects, such as stimulation of new coll ... Read More
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A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Roscoe Nelson
27 years experience Urology
3 days to several mo: Most people have some effect within a few days but studies show continued benefit out to 4+ months. For more: www.Peedoc.Com @thepeedoc.
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A 57-year-old female asked:
Dr. Tracy Lovell
20 years experience Rheumatology
See below: You should know whether it works or not within a few days.
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A 43-year-old male asked:
Dr. Saptarshi Bandyopadhyay
20 years experience Hospital-based practice
Generally in 1 day: Propranolol comes in short-acting & extended release (XR) forms. The short-acting form works in about 1 hr to lower BP & heart rate, but wears ... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gregory Bussell
Specializes in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
About 30 minutes: Usually starts in 30 minutes and lasts about 8 hours depending on the dose.
A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mansoor Jatoi
8 years experience Internal Medicine
PPI: This medication is a proton pump inhibitor and at its max effectiveness it will inhibit 66% of your acid secretion after five days. This medication is ... Read More
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A 55-year-old male asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
55 years experience Infectious Disease
Allopurinol: This compound is a uricosuric agent which helps to excrete excessive amounts of uric acid from the blood and tissues of people with gout. Its onset o ... Read More
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