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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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How long does anesthesia complications associated with C-section complications last?

Need more info: Do you currently have a complication? Although complications are rare, there are many possibilities. A headache from the placement of the epidural; a reaction to one of the meds used-and there are varying reactions/side effects. Numbness in the legs from positioning or from a nerve that was injured during the anesthetic. And then there are the complications from the surgery. ...Read more

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Doxycycline & Accutane side effects?

Doxycycline & Accutane side effects?

Few if any: Doxy: most side effects we've experienced are nausea. Accutane: most side effects we've experienced are dry skin and headache. However, dry skin after use of Accutane should be seen as 'normal'. Because it decreases/controls the function of sebaceous glands which leading to the control of acne. Depression is very rare. Suicide? Only happened in lawsuit, not in my (and my many colleagues’’) exper. ...Read more

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Are there complications with taking antibiotics?

Are there complications with taking antibiotics?

Possibly: Any med can have delaterious side effects. Always ask you dr. And read the meds info accompanying your rx. ...Read more

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Can Accutane (isotretinoin) cause mouth/lip ulcers?

Can Accutane (isotretinoin) cause mouth/lip ulcers?

Yes: It can potentially cause listers on lips, nose, eyes, & genitals. ...Read more

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What risks and complications are associated with Mohs surgery?

What risks and complications are associated with Mohs surgery?

Minimal: The Mohs procedure itself has few complications. Occasionally a wound infection and rarely, significant bleeding. But the procedure often takes a while (local anesthesia) and may leave a cosmetic defect that requires a complicated procedure to reconstruct. (But it has a very HIGH rate of total removal of the skin cancer) ...Read more

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Is laser treatment recommended for macular scarring (acne scarring)?

Is laser treatment recommended for macular scarring (acne scarring)?

It si one on many: There are options for acne scaring you can have medical grade peels performed at a doctors office to slowly remove outer layers and stimulate collagen at the dermis, THese have little downtime You can have a laser resurfacing. you may need several it goes as deep or deeper than the peel but you will have about a week downtime and slightly red for a few more. Speak to a good dermatologist ...Read more

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Could laser resurfacing completely remove acne scars. Any side effects ?

Could laser resurfacing completely remove acne scars. Any side effects ?

Not completely: But it's pretty good. There's also microsurgery and fillers. It's safe and not so bad. I'm sorry you weren't treated as you should have been when you had your acne, and i hope you get what you want. ...Read more

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Can Accutane cause birth defects?

Can Accutane cause birth defects?

It WILL cause defect: "The baseline population risk of malformations is 3-5%, but it increases to almost 30% in women exposed to isotretinoin during the first trimester of pregnancy." see http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19961047 Many are profound, horrible defects--absent ears, tiny brain, deafness and blindness. Effects may occur many months after a woman ceases taking it. ...Read more

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Any adverse effects of topical tretinoin if pregnant?

Any adverse effects of topical tretinoin if pregnant?

Avoid if possible: We know the oral use causes birth defects. The topical appears safer, but seriously, unless the problem you are treating is extreme, i would avoid it. ...Read more

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Any doctors experienced with Accutane side effects? Or how to reverse effects of retinoic acid? Systemic.

Any doctors experienced with Accutane side effects? Or how to reverse effects of retinoic acid? Systemic.

Accutane: Your dermatologist will be experienced with Accutane side effects. Accutane, which is 13 cis retinoic acid, is the way that your body normally uses vitamin a. Vit a is fat soluble and is stored. When the body needs the vit a action, it converts some into 13 cis retinoic acid. This is water soluble and provides the vitamin a action and then is eliminated in the urine. ...Read more

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Does the acne drug Accutane cause a miscarriage?

Does the acne drug Accutane cause a miscarriage?

Do not take: Accuatane is known to cause serious birth defects and should never be taken during pregnancy. ...Read more

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What are side effects of roaccutane for acne treatment?

What are side effects of roaccutane for acne treatment?

Isotretinoin: potential side effects may include: skin rashes or infections, nosebleeds, bone or joint pain / tenderness., dry eyes w burning, redness & itching, lip inflammation & peeling of skin. Avoiding sun exposure is needed. Less common: depression, headache, suicidal ideations / attempts, nausea/ vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, visual changes. ...Read more

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What are short term and long effects of Accutane acne medication ?

What are short term and long effects of Accutane acne medication ?

Isotretinoin: Accutane is a vitamin a like product that has amazing effects to treat significant acne. But with great benefit can come side-effects. While on Accutane , blood tests need to be performed to determine if triglycerides or cholesterol levels may elevate. The patient can also experience extreme dryness of the lips and skin with rash. Muscle aches ; headaches can occur. Long-term side effects are rare. ...Read more

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Are there permanent side effects of taking minocin (minocycline)?

Are there permanent side effects of taking minocin (minocycline)?

Usually not.: Many side-effects mild and go away. Gi upset, diarrhea, or cramps not uncommon when starting. Usaully disappear quickly. Many feel like doxycline. Is is a photosensitiver, it is in reality almost never a problem. ...Read more

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Can the benefits of Accutane outweigh the risks?

Accutane: Accutane is a great drug but needs to be monitored carefully when administered. Whether the benefits outweigh the risks must be evaluated in each patients individual circumstance. ...Read more

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Question about side effects of ortho tri-cyclen; any permanent cancer risks?

Question about side effects of ortho tri-cyclen; any permanent cancer risks?

Apparently not.: Side effects include vaginal bleeding, fluid retention, vision changes, spotty darkening of skin, nausea and vomiting, dizziness, and depression, among others. Fluid retention is important to tell your doctor because it can be hypertension. The most important fact to note is if you smoke and use this, you can have serious cardiovascular side effects. So do not smoke and use this. ...Read more

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What are the chances of acne to return after acutane low dose long term treatment?

What are the chances of acne to return after acutane low dose long term treatment?

It's to be expected: The full course of isotretinoin will usually keep acne at bay for a year or two. It will return eventually unless the time has come for it to remit on its own. (Mine did this at age 50). I can't recommend intermittent isotretinoin; there are regimens that are milder. Since you're female, topical benzoyl peroxide plus spironolactone is one of many possibilities. Best wishes. ...Read more

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How Accutane effects oil glands?

How Accutane effects oil glands?

Unknown: Isotretinoin's main indication is for the treatment of severe cystic acne vulgaris. Isotretinoin's exact mechanism of action is unknown but several studies have shown that Isotretinoin induces apoptosis (cell death) in various cells in the body such as cells in meibomian glands, hypothalamic cells, hippocampus cells and important for treatment of acne, in sebaceous gland cells. ...Read more

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I'm on accutane been clear for 1.5yrs until now. Past 4 months I've been getting some small pink dots . What can I take? Topicals NOT WORKING! tried s

I'm on accutane been clear for 1.5yrs until now. Past 4 months I've been getting some small pink dots . What can I take? Topicals NOT WORKING! tried s

Topical: so u were on Accutane systemic? And how long since you stopped and how long were you on it? Topical retinoids ( prescription strength) and OCPs might help. Consult with your MD ...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?

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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Food to eat when on accutane.

Food to eat when on accutane.

Fatty food: You should take the Accutane with fatty food to enhance absorption. You don't need any extra vitamin a. Otherwise a prudent healthy diet is fine. No special needs for accutane. Some patients have less dry lips by taking a vitamin e supplement. ...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

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How can Accutane be dangerous?

Mostly birth defects: The birth defect risk is quite real; you cannot get pregnant while taking it. But with all respect to previous answerer, other dangers have been overblown, and no cause-effect has ever been proven for many of them. That doesn't mean they never happen, but in 30+ years of prescribing it I have never seen any of them. I agree it should only be prescribed by a dermatologist well trained in its use. ...Read more

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Could i tan while on accutane?

Could i tan while on accutane?

Should not: Tanning is the worse thing one can do to the skin Accutane will make one more sensitive to tanning rays, . ...Read more

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How quickly does Accutane work?

Usually 3 weeks: You should see a response by 3 weeks after commencing therapy. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about accutane?

The facts: It's the definitive, and often only effective, rx for severe acne. You must not become pregnant while taking it. It is not pleasant. You'll be monitored closely during the process. Acne is a very serious personal and professional liability. The people i know who have done it are very glad afterwards. ...Read more

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Has anyone ever taken accutane?

Has anyone ever taken accutane?

Thousands: Accutane is the brand name for isotretinoin. This brand is no longer available. Only the generics are now used. This is by far the most effective remedy for acne. It must never be given to any pregnant woman. Blood tests are needed and there are always side effects, so it is used for those suffering severe, disabling acne. ...Read more

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I want accutane, how to get it?

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

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How can I be prescribed accutane?

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

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How do I know if i need accutane?

How do I know if i need accutane?

Last resort : Accutane is a very powerful medication and should be used for stubborn acne (especially cystic) which has not responded to oral antibiotics or birth control pills. Possible side effects of Accutane include dry eyes, dry lips, headaches, bone pain, bone spurs, mood changes, liver problems, elevated cholesterol, hair loss, and possible increased risk of crohn's disease, an inflammatory bowel disease. ...Read more

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Can i double my dose of accutane?

Accutane: The patient should never increase or decrease the dose of their medicine without notifying their doctor and getting her or his permission. This is a hard and fast rule, and you had better follow it! talk to your doctor! ...Read more