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Accutane And Headaches
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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
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
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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?
Long history adult acne. S/p Accutane (6 mos) last dose 09/2012. Positive results thus far but very mild break out recently. Can wt loss cause flare-up?
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