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A 24-year-old female asked:

i am nearing my 5th month of accutane and my acne has never been so bad. should i stop taking it?

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Dr. Michael Sparacino
Family Medicine 37 years experience
See your doctor: Discuss this with your doctor.
Dr. Michael Sparacino
Family Medicine 37 years experience
See below: It may be infection. This is a problem that requires a face-to-face meeting with your doctor. In that meeting, your doctor will listen to you, perform a throrough examination and possibly order labs or other tests. Based on this information, he/she will be able to tell you what's wrong and what to do about it.

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A 21-year-old member asked:

Is Accutane a dangerous drug? I heard it was used to treat acne.

2 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Katherine Brown
Dermatology 16 years experience
See below: Accutane (isotretinoin) is a drug used to treat severe acne & acne resistant to other acne treatments. It is a generally safe medication, although is known for causing birth defects when taken during pregnancy & sometimes raising triglyceride cholesterol levels. For this reason, Accutane must be taken under close doctor supervision. The most common side effect is dry skin while on the medication.
A 43-year-old member asked:

Is Accutane a good drug to fight stubborn acne ?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Yes but: It usually is extremely effective, but side effects range from the annoying dryness of lips and skin that you will surely experience to (some say) real depression. You absolutely must not take it if there is the least chance you are going to get pregnant. If you are not satisfied with, say, the results of topical clindamycin, it's between you and your physician.
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A 21-year-old member asked:

What should I do if id two rounds of Accutane and my acne is just as bad as before? I know efficacy dec each time so is a 3rd course going to help?

2 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Nela Cordero
Pediatrics 54 years experience
SEVERE ACNE: You must be under the care of a dermatologist as Accutane has several side effects. It can affect your blood, liver, increase lipid levels, dry eyes and mucous membranes, back and joint stiffness, depression and suicide. So if not helping why risk the above problems? Treatment last 16 to 20 weeks.
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A 19-year-old female asked:

What are the side effects of accutane? And what does the medicine do to stop acne?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. John Washburn
Family Medicine 20 years experience
Dry skin: Accutane has a drying effect so dry skin/chapped lips are the more noticeable side effects. There are potential links to inflammatory bowel disease like crohn's. The major concern is pregnancy. It causes severe birth defects and extreme precaution must be used to not get pregnant while on this medicine. This can not be stressed enough. It is, however, quite effective at treating severe acne.
A 20-year-old female asked:

How can I permanently cure acne? Can Accutane help?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. James Newman
Facial Plastic Surgery 30 years experience
Start with Topicals.: Topical drugs benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, and glycolic acids are the most common medications for acne.These are found in most over the counter preparations and are safe as the concentrations have been tested thoroughly. Sometimes higher strength formulations with antibiotics need to be prescribed by a dermatologist. Accutane is reserved for resistant cases and requires careful monitoring.

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