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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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Is Accutane dangerous when used according to the directions?

No: When taken under the close monitoring of your doctor, Accutane is safe and one of the most effective medicines we have for acne. Most patients will experience dry skin. Muscle and joint aches are uncommon. Accutane may raise your cholesterol and liver enzymes so routine blood work is important. Rare side effects include depression and birth defects if women take this medication while pregnant. ...Read more

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Is Accutane affective?

Is Accutane affective?

For acne? yes: Accutane is remarkably effective in healing severe acne. Get to your doctor to discuss it's use in your case. There is some risk to mental health with accutane, but you should see your doctor about it. ...Read more

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What are the ingredients in accutane?

13 cis retinoid acid: It is a synthetic deriviative of vitamin a which was first introduced in the early 80s for severe cystic acne not controllable by antibiotics. A course of Accutane is 15-20 weeks, and needs to be repeated in about 25 per cent of peole who take it. Women of childbearing years mist be monitored form one month prior to starting Accutane to one month after finishing the course of accutane. ...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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Can Accutane affect kidney?

Can Accutane affect kidney?

Rarely: There are case reports of glomerulonephritis occurring in Isotretinoin patients at a very rare level (one case in 38, 667 reported to fda). There are also reports of Isotretinoin curing glomerulonephritis in lab animals, so if the medication is helping your acne, be sure to monitor body systems carefully through the prescribing physician. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take accutane?

Is it safe to take accutane?

Medical Supervision: After a thorough consultation to determine that you are an appropriate candidate for accutane, laboratory studies are conducted to exclude any underlying contraindications. Then, the medication may be safely administered. Monthly monitoring with clinical and laboratory evaluations are required. ...Read more

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Does accutane cause chalazions?

Does accutane cause chalazions?

No: There is no relationship between the administration of Acutane and the formation of chalazia. ...Read more

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does accutane increase anxiety?

Nervousness can: occur with Accutane but depression is the main cause for concern. ...Read more

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What is Accutane & is it safe?

 What is Accutane & is it safe?

Retinoic acid: It is oral retinoic acid and it has possible side effects. Talk to dermatologist about possible side effects. It helps severe acne but can have teratogenic effects which is why females have to be on birth control. Also significant dryness ...Read more

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Does Accutane affect cholesterol?

Does Accutane affect cholesterol?

Sometimes: Patients who are on Accutane may notice an increase in their cholesterol and triglyceride levels during their Accutane treatment. It is more common in those with a personal or family history. Fortunately, this usually resolves when one finishes the Accutane course. Simple things like dietary changes (high fiber diet, low fat) and reducing the Accutane dose is effective in lowering the levels. ...Read more

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Why is Accutane so bad for babies?

Why is Accutane so bad for babies?

Birth defects: There have been serious birth defects because the mother took this med while pregnant. There is no problem if the father took it. After she stops the med the woman is no longer at risk. High doses of vitamin a have the same risk. This occurs from pills but not from food. ...Read more

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What to take low dose Accutane for?

What to take low dose Accutane for?

Accutane indications: Check out the link below for non-acne indications for Accutane! http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15943494 ...Read more

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Does Accutane cause Crohn's disease?

Does Accutane cause Crohn's disease?

Inconclusive: There are studies showing no link and other studies showing a potentially causal relationship. Since there is a potential risk, this is something that needs to be discussed with your doctor and consider benefits vs. Risks before starting this drug. If you decide to take this drug, any GI or bowel side-effects need to be reported immediately to your doctor. ...Read more

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Can i go on a diet while on accutane?

Can i go on a diet while on accutane?

By all means: This would be a great idea. Your acne is probably going to be just a bad memory soon. Your appearance will be far better than before. Why not couple the diet with a commitment to start intensive exercising like in your team-sports days? You'd be giving yourself a wonderful trio of gifts. ...Read more

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Does smoking tabacco effect accutane?

Does smoking tabacco effect accutane?

No: The acne that has been such a problem for you will soon be just a bad memory. Congratulations. Wouldn't this be a great time to give yourself another wonderful gift -- becoming tobacco free? If not for your own sake, for the sake of those who love you. Think about it, and make the right choice. ...Read more

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Is worrying a side effect of accutane?

Is worrying a side effect of accutane?

Accutane: Depression is a very serious side effect with accutane, and worrying is a sign of anxiety which is commonly associated with depression, so yes it is, and i would contact your doctor immediately to discuss this with them. ...Read more