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Dr. Bennett Machanic
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Headache (Definition)

The medical term is cephalalgia. It is a feeling of pain that can occur on either both sides or just one side of the head or neck. Headaches can be sharp, dull, or throbbing, and can radiate to different areas of the head. They typically last less than an hour but can ...Read more


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Off of Accutane and still having headaches. Is this normal and when will it stop?

Off of Accutane and still having headaches. Is this normal and when will it stop?

How long off med?: How long have you been off accutane? If the headaches persist despite being off the medicine, then the headaches may not have been from the medicine in the first place. Consider an alternative diagnosis, like sinus issues (especially with the dry air this winter), muscle contraction headaches or migraines. ...Read more

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I take Accutane 5 mg 3x week, and always give me headaches its that dangerous?

Isotretinoin: It's not clear to me why you're taking Isotretinoin three times weekly rather than daily as indicated. Regardless, headaches are a known common adverse reaction as noted by epocrates.Com. As always, it's best to discuss risks, benefits & alternatives w/your physician before accepting any medication, therapy or surgery especially when directions aren't as usual. ...Read more

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Got headaches at night on the right side of my head on Accutane this makes my face and hand numb. Should I be worried ??

Got headaches at night on the right side of my head on Accutane this makes my face and hand numb. Should I be worried ??

Pseudotumor cerebri: Accutane and nighttime headaches worries me for pseudotumor cerebri... It's rare, but accutane is a cause. Please see an ophthalmologist to take pictures of the backs of your eyes and do Humphrey Visual Fields. They might recommend seeing a neurologist and an MRI and lumbar puncture. I'd avoid the lumbar puncture unless it will change management. I'm available for consults to discuss further. ...Read more

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Some headaches on acutane low dose 10 mg (i spend many hrs on my iphone) what to blame?

Some headaches on acutane low dose 10 mg (i spend many hrs on my iphone) what to blame?

Maybe neither: Accutane is not a common cause of headaches and neither is talking on the phone. However there are many potential causes for your headaches such as hypertension, migraines, caffeine withdrawal, sinusitis, tumors and much much more. ...Read more

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Found out I have fatty liver (diffuse, no enlargement). Got off Accutane 2 mo.s ago, was taking it for 5-6 months. How badly it have further damaged?

Found out I have fatty liver (diffuse, no enlargement). Got off Accutane 2 mo.s ago, was taking it for 5-6 months. How badly it have further damaged?

Gastroenterologist?: How was the diagnosis determined concerning your liver? What did the gastroenterologist say? It is extremely unlikely that Accutane had anything to do with your liver problem. ...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

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