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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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Why does Accutane cause hair loss if it is rich in vitamin a which promotes hair growth?

Why does Accutane cause hair loss if it is rich in vitamin a which promotes hair growth?

Accutane: Firstly, vitamin a does not promote hair growth. Accutane can cause minor temporary hair loss as one of its side effects. ...Read more

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Any known remedy to reverse Accutane hair loss?

Any known remedy to reverse Accutane hair loss?

Time: Many post Accutane hair loss is telogen effluvien. This may reverse itself after Accutane has been stopped. It may take as long as a year to see your hair begin to normalize. In addition, Minoxidil may help. I like the foam formulation. This usually takes about 3 months to see changes. ...Read more

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Can Accutane reduce body hair at all when taking it for acne?

Can Accutane reduce body hair at all when taking it for acne?

Probably not: Accutane works on acne. There is little to suggest that you would get any significant long term results unless you got an unusual side effect. Accutane does not affect hormones to fix the acne, so it probably will do nothing to treat other hormone related problems. ...Read more

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I read that accutane can cause hair loss due to vitamin a, but that topical tretinoin cream can cause hair regrowth. How does this make sense?

It doesn't: Because this is not the case, may be with some anecdotal cases, but not the norm or a common effect or side effect, the drug works on the sebaceous glands not the hair follicles. ...Read more