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A 20-year-old male asked:

I am wondering how severe acne and pimples have to be in order to obtain accutane. my acne is very mild although very persistent.

2 doctor answers2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 45 years experience
Easy does it: I'm betting your physician could manage your acne either with topical prescription meds, or good old topical benzoyl peroxide along with a low dose of a systemic antibiotic such as tetracycline 250 1/day.
Dr. Arthur Balin
Dermatology 48 years experience
Accutane: Accutane is a great drug but needs to be monitored carefully when administered. Whether the benefits outweigh the risks must be evaluated in each patients individual circumstance.

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