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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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My daugther consived during taking Accutane 40 mg between 6 jan / 3 feb she is nw 6 wk an concerned the baby could be affected?

My daugther consived during  taking Accutane 40 mg between 6 jan / 3 feb  she is nw 6 wk  an concerned the baby could be affected?

See doctor now: There is a very high risk of pregnancy complications that can occur from conceiving while on accutane. It can cause spontaneous miscarriages, prematurity, or severe birth defects. All patients taking Accutane should avoid getting pregnant, and take effective birth control. She should immediately stop taking the Accutane and see an ob-gyn doctor. ...Read more

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Is LDL of 115 mg/dL too high for a 26 year old woman of 5'5" weighing 97 lbs? I'm currently taking Accutane 40 mg (third month).

Is LDL of 115 mg/dL too high for a 26 year old woman of 5'5" weighing 97 lbs? I'm currently taking Accutane 40 mg (third month).

LDL: If you have diabetes, hypertension or a family history of atherosclerotic disease, your 115 level is too high. If you have no atherosclerotic risk factors at all, the level may be ok. You should discuss with the doc who knows you best. ...Read more

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I am on 40 mg Accutane 2X daily. For a month I took 80mg dose only once in night - Will that be an issue ? I did not notice any problems myself

I am on 40 mg Accutane  2X daily. For a month I took 80mg dose only once in night - Will that be an issue ? I did not notice any problems myself

No testing done by: manufacturer to confirm safety, so it cannot be recommended. There are reports of research studies, however, looking at once a day dosing of 80 mg, and it is possible to get a consistent or "steady state" blood level with once a day. Taking the meds with food reportedly increases its absorption and effectiveness. Although recommended top dose is 1 mg/kg/d body wt, but max of 2mg/kg can be given. ...Read more

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Accutane first month of taking 40 mg Accutane (2nd course 11 years apart). In the 3rd week i noticed alopecia areata barbea - is there cause and effect - never had areata before? Im worried.

Accutane first month of taking 40 mg Accutane (2nd course 11 years apart).  In the 3rd week i noticed alopecia areata barbea - is there cause and effect - never had areata before?  Im worried.

No.: I've been prescribing Accutane for over 30 years, and i've never seen nor heard of alopecia areata as a side effect. This is coincidence. No one knows what causes aa, of course, but there is no logical reason to assume that Accutane can be blamed. ...Read more

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