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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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II have smoked marijuana 3 times while on accutane. I started my 2nd month of accutane (60mg) today. Will the weed affect the way the accutane works?

II have smoked marijuana 3 times while on accutane. I started my 2nd month of accutane (60mg) today. Will the weed affect the way the accutane works?

No interaction but..: Marijuana can interact with many medicines, though most of the interactions are mild consisting of "may increase side effects such as drowsiness and dizziness." There is no known interaction with accutane and it will not affect how it works. HOWEVER, I consider accutane a dangerous drug that should be avoided if possible. There are safer alternatives. See http://tinyurl.com/ha76qds ...Read more

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Can weed show up in my Accutane bloodtest?

Unlikely to happen: Unless they are specifically looking for this, they are not going to find it. The follow up studies for Accutane are looking for its possible toxic effects on your system. The machine does not look for random positives, only the ones the doc orders. ...Read more

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What happened if you have smoke weed before and your going to take accutane?

What happened if you have smoke weed before and your going to take accutane?

Not sure: That is an excellent question. I would ensure that the prescriber knows this - expecially if you were a heavy cannabis user or if you suffered from emotional problems related to the cannabis use. ...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

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How good is accutane?

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

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Is Accutane affective?

Is Accutane affective?

For acne? yes: Accutane is remarkably effective in healing severe acne. Get to your doctor to discuss it's use in your case. There is some risk to mental health with accutane, but you should see your doctor about it. ...Read more

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Should I take accutane?

Should I take accutane?

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

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Is 80 mg Accutane too much?

Is 80 mg Accutane too much?

Accutane dose: The recommended dosage range for Accutane is 0.5 to 1.0 mg/kg/day given in two divided doses with food for 15 to 20 weeks. Therefore, the appropriate dose for YOU depends on your weight. ...Read more

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Does Accutane affect vision?

Does Accutane affect vision?

Rarely: It can, but pretty unusual (about 1% of patients experience eye symptoms such as impaired vision, corneal opacities, dry eyes (which make contact lenses uncomfortable), and decreased night vision (among others). If it affects your vision, talk to your doctor about stopping it vs just dealing with the side effects. ...Read more