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Accutane And Multivitamins
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I'm starting Accutane and was told not to take multivitamins. Is it still ok to take vitamins d, e and b complex?
Yes: The only vitamin you need to avoid while on Accutane is vitamin a. Many multivitamins don't even have pre-formed vitamin a but only a as its precursor, beta-carotene, which is safe to take, so it's safe to take a multivitamin that has only beta carotene and not vitamin a (often labelled as retinol, retinal or retinoic acid or palmitate). ...Read more
I'm taking 10 mg Accutane a day and I want to take a multivitamin but it has 1500 microgram of A vitamin in a daily dose of it. Would it be dangerous?
Should be fine: That's the same amount as the equivalent in a big carrot. Ask your dematologist just to be triple-sure. ...Read more
Is it safe to take creatine and multivitamin supplements while on accutane? I am an 18 year old male wanting to gain lean muscle mass.
Safe but no benefit: The data on creatine remains controversial but at least it's safe. Same w/regards to multivitamins. Luckily, no interactions w/Accutane (isotretinoin) either. Best way to gain muscle, besides exercising regularly, is to eat healthy & get enough rest. Make sure you get enough protein 1-1.5g/lb body weight daily. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can be: The list of side effects are long, but most are temporary. Simply google side effects and will get pages. Very strong medication should discuss side effects with your pmd. ...Read more
Accutane: Accutane is a very good drug when used appropriately. The biggest concern is that it causes severe fetal damage if women were to use it and get pregnant. It has a number of side effects, mostly on muscle and skin, but these are usually not severe. Nothing helps severe acne as much as accutane. ...Read more