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Accutane And Growth Plates
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Extremely rare: The current published data suggests that this side effect occurs in 1 of 10, 000 skeletally immature patients taking Accutane for acne. If you are 18, however, chances are that your physes are almost fully closed already. If you are under 18, a simple x-ray of your hand can determine whether your physes remain open and growing. Consider a consult via HealthTap Concierge www. Healthtap. Com/saurbornmd ...Read more
Accutane & Growth: Growth arrest has been reported. However, it's very rare. There just isn't enough data to make firm recommendations about x-ray monitoring. I can tell you that it isn't standard practice to obtain such x-rays. As to how reliably predictive they are of side-effects is questionable. ...Read more
My son is 15. I am concerned he has been taking 40 mg per day of Accutane for 3 months. Will it stunt his growth?
Severe acne?: I am assuming he has severe acne and is followed by Dermatology. They typically treat with Accutane for 6 months at a time. I am assuming they reviewed the risks with accutane, I am not aware that Accutane will stunt your growth, and most likely at 15 he already has had his growth spurt. ...Read more
I took Accutane twice for six months each when I was fifteen and sixteen, I'm 19 now. I am shorter than my predicted height, did it stunt my growth?
Unlikely: Accutane is an oral form of vitamin a. The worst side effect for a pregnant female is defects in the development of the fetus. Other side effects can include night vision compromise, dry mucosa/skin, sunburn, nausea/diarrhea, headache, depression, fatigue, triglyceride elevation, aching joints. There is no reliable study that links compromised bone growth/height deficits to taking accutane. ...Read more
I am taking Accutane and I am still going through puberty. Does taking Accutane stops growth hormones?
If you take Accutane for 6 months, does it have any effect on male penile growth? I.E. Hinder or stunt sexual maturation?
My son is 14 is interested in taking Accutane. He has tried a lot of treatments prescribed by his dermatologist. Will this med stunt his growth?
Not if given & dosed: Properly! Should not worry, although it can rarely occur! ...Read more
Is Biotin safe to take as a teenager for beard growth, have a solid beard going at 17 but is patchy. I'm also on accutane if that matters. Thanks?
Safe but useless:
Taking biotin is safe but it will not make your beard grow any better. Give your beard some time and it is likely to even out.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. ...Read more
Accutane leaving scar tissue on my face resulted in no hair growth in that area of my face is there anyway to grow that hair?
No: Lack of hair growth within scar tissue is a sign that the hair follicles have been permanently damaged and replaced by scar tissue instead of normal collagen. There is no way to regrow the hair within scar tissue. Even hair transplant plugs do not grow well within scar tissue due to lack of adequate blood supply. ...Read more
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
Very good: Accutane is very drug useful for treatment resistant acne. However, there are several restrictions on its use. Patients need to be fully informed prior to taking the drug and agree to using at least two forms of birth control. This drug is not for everyone and can only be prescribed by physicians specifically trained in its use. ...Read more
Depends: Its hard to say without knowing more about you. However, Accutane is an exceptional medication for treating cystic acne, with marked results seen. There are unfortunately side effects as well as monitoring to be performed, so it is best to check with your doctor to determine whether or not to start. ...Read more
Dangerous drug: You will need to consult with a physician knowledgeable in the diagnosis and treatment of the skin problems you are experiencing. When or if this is considered appropriate for your case, you will be required to sign off on the information describing its potential toxic effects. Once you have been informed /the prescription can be written. Continuation will require followup. ...Read more
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
Consult with doctor: You'll need to see a doctor who prescribes Accutane and who uses the ipledge program (a government computer database designed to track proper use of the drug). You need to be evaluated and screened to see if you're a good candidate for accutane, informed of the side-effects, get appropriate labs, and then monitored while on the drug. Absolutely cannot get pregnant while on accutane. ...Read more
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