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How will I know what does accutane (20mg) do to people with very severe, dry acne?

How will I know what does accutane (20mg) do to people with very severe, dry acne?

Heals but not easy: If your acne is severe, then I would urge you to be brave and try this challenging medication. It is not cheap, pleasant or entirely without risks, but you will probably be very happy with the outcome. At first your skin will be even more uncomfortable and your acne may appear to flare. Work closely with your prescribing physician to get through this. Good luck. ...Read more

Taking Accutane (Definition)

Accutane (Isotretinoin) is a powerful medicine that treats acne. It is known to cause severe birth defects if a woman becomes ...Read more


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I got pregnant exactly three months after the last dose of accutane. Should I terminate pregnancy?

I got pregnant exactly three months after the last dose of accutane. Should I terminate pregnancy?

No: Accutane stays in your system for 30 days after you stop taking it. Most likely your baby is not affected after 3 months. You should discuss this with your ob. ...Read more

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How can I be prescribed accutane?

Time for a visit: Accutane is considered more dangerous than many other medications because of a variety of unusual side effects in some recipients. I do not use it in my practice preferring to let the dermatologists determine those most appropriate for its use and monitoring their case for the potential side effects. Schedule a visit and expect to sign release forms that document your understanding of the risks. ...Read more

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Is it safe to use accutane?

Depends: Read the I pledge book for all the side effects and decide if the timeing is right for you. Good candidates love it and have gotten their acne under control. Laser skin care is very helpful with acne and if you do a series of those treatments it will lower your dosage needed for complete acne control. ...Read more

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Feeling occasional pain in kidney. Used Accutane for 6 months. Blood test good for HCG and related. Never drank alcohol.?

Feeling occasional pain in kidney. Used Accutane for 6 months. Blood test good for HCG and related. Never drank alcohol.?

Accutane: I doubt the pain is related to the Accutane. I would see your doctor, describe your symptoms and let the workup progress from there. ...Read more

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How effective are second Accutane courses compared to first courses? Should a higher cumulative dose be used the second time around? 18 y/o, m

Probably less: The response rate is probably a bit less for a second course, but its usually still very worthwhile to try, unless you just didn't do well the first time. I use the same routine for the second course, which for me is 1mg/kg daily dosage, usually divided into bid dosing with a total goal range of 120-150 mg/kg. ...Read more

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How quickly does Accutane work?

Usually 3 weeks: You should see a response by 3 weeks after commencing therapy. ...Read more

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On tetracycline, acne clear up initially now it flare up again! Help! I cannot do accutane. Is there other ways? I don't think tetracycline works for me

On tetracycline, acne clear up initially now it flare up again! Help! I cannot do accutane. Is there other ways? I don't think tetracycline works for me

Multiple approach: Tetracycline dose can be increased and taking for a longer period, in addition to use of topicals like benzyol perioxide at prescription strength, or retina a or salicyclic acid and avoidance comedonic lotions. Dermatologist input will be helpful ...Read more

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How safe is accutane?

How safe is accutane?

Pretty safe: Accutane has some issues, especially birth defects if taken while pregnant, but most of the other popularized "dangers" are significantly overblown. Still, it must be prescribed by a doctor with experience in its use, and you must join a registry (ipledge) as an added precaution against pregnancy. ...Read more

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Can you tell me is Accutane dangerous?

Can be: Accutane is recognized as a potential cause of serious birth defects if taken during pregnancy. It is also known to cause significant intestinal tract problems in a fraction of patients. If used only when needed and precautions are taken to limit the risks, it is a good medication. ...Read more

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I always have stye eyes when I am on accutane. Is it side effect of accutane? What should I do to control it?

I always have stye eyes when I am on accutane. Is it side effect of accutane? What should I do to control it?

Accutane: Can cause a change in the oil substance secreted by the meibomian gland, these glands produce oil to help with the tear film of the eye. Treatment is hot compresses to the lids with massage of the lids. Do as many times as possible during the day for10 minutes. ...Read more

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How long do the side effects of Accutane generally last?

6-12 months: Most of the acute side effects of Accutane therapy last from 6-12 months and surgery is generally discouraged during this period. ...Read more

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Does doryx (doxycycline) interact with Accutane since it's a tetracycline?

Does doryx (doxycycline) interact with Accutane since it's a tetracycline?

Yes: There is one important potential interaction. It can increase the risk of pseudo tumor cerebri which is an abnormal amount of pressure in the cerebrospinal fluid that surrounds the brain and spinal cord. Altho this is a relatively rare condition, it can be dangerous and lead to permanent visual loss and brain damage. ...Read more

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