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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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I am experiencing constipation with green stool on accutane, normal or should I stop taking accutane?

I am experiencing constipation with green stool on accutane, normal or should I stop taking accutane?

See below: Green stool per se is not a problem. If you were prescribed accutane you should consult the doctor who prescribed it. For green stool check this site for info:
http://www. Mayoclinic. Org/symptoms/green-stool/basics/definition/SYM-20050708
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I just started accutane. I have really bad constipation I think its unrelated to accutane. Is it okay to use a laxative or fleet enema (sodium bisphosphate) with this drug?

I just started accutane. I have really bad constipation I think its unrelated to accutane. Is it okay to use a laxative or fleet enema (sodium bisphosphate) with this drug?

Yes: You can use a laxative once in a while but concentrate on eating healthy with enough fiber and more fruits and vegetables to avoid medications. If chronically constipated you may need doctors advice of how to tackle it with a stool softener which would be safer. ...Read more

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On accutane, period around 3 days late every month, but this month 1 day early. Feel something is stuck in throat/mild cramps/constipation. See doctor?

Sure, see a DR: Accutane (isotritoin) causes dry mouth. Sometimes abdominal cramps. Most likely these symptoms are viral or other cause not related to acne treatment. ...Read more

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Always constipated since accutane! Help please?

Always constipated since accutane! Help please?

Diet: Unless you want to stop the accutaine you can make sure you are well hydrated with non caffeine beverages, eat a diet that promotes stool softening like prunes, a little prune juice and avoid binders like bread, bananas and rice. ...Read more

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My girl is taking Accutane twice a day for two months and she is severely constipated and bleeds on straining? What should she do?

My girl is taking Accutane twice a day for two months and she is severely constipated and bleeds on straining? What should she do?

More Fiber More H20: Severe constipation is not a common side effect of Accutane. She may need to take a look at her diet in the last 2 months. Have her increase her fiber intake. More fruits, vegetables, whole grain breads or pastas, brown rice, etc. Also increase her water intake. Dehydration can make your stools hard and difficult to pass. If no change, return to the doctor ...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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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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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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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 should I correctly take accutane?

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 more

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Do you think I should go on accutane?

Do you think I should go on accutane?

Accutane: Extremely effective medicine for acne but many potential and serious side effects. Discuss with your doctor whether or not benefits exceed potential risks and side effects. ...Read more

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Is it easier to tan while you are on accutane?

No: Accutane causes sunburn and you will be instructed to wear sunblock.
Tanning can cause skin cancer. If you think you must look tan use the spray tanning since they are safer. ...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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Are there any harmful effects from using accutane?

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

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What are your thoughts on Accutane and its health risk?

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

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Why is Accutane so bad for babies?

Why is Accutane so bad for babies?

Birth defects: There have been serious birth defects because the mother took this med while pregnant. There is no problem if the father took it. After she stops the med the woman is no longer at risk. High doses of vitamin a have the same risk. This occurs from pills but not from food. ...Read more

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Is it ok to take vitamind while on accutane?

Yes it is ok: Yes it is ok if you need supplement for deficiency or insufficiency, or if you are at high risk for VitD deficiency ...Read more

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Is it okay to be drinking while on accutane?

Is it okay to be drinking while on accutane?

Accutane: Accutane is metabolized through the liver and can cause irritation of the liver and elevation of liver functions on bloodwork. Alcohol can do the same and should be avoided when taking accutane. Drinking while taking it may inflame your liver and cause damage or at least force your doctor to stop the Accutane treatment. ...Read more

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I'm on accutane, is it okay if I go on a diet?

I'm on accutane, is it okay if I go on a diet?

Yes: I'm not aware of any reason to avoid a diet, as long as you are not calorie restricting too much (more than 1000) calories below your total energy needs. ...Read more

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How can I convince my dermotologist to perscribe accutane?

Compliance: Demonstrate that you've complied perfectly with all of the milder rx's and that they have not cleared you. Convince your dermatologist that you are emotionally stable, will not abuse the medicine or get drunk or pregnant on it. ...Read more

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Does Accutane cause depression?

Does Accutane cause depression?

Possibly: This is a potential risk so needs to be carefully considered and discussed with your doctor before starting this drug. Patients with history of depression are not a candidate for this drug. If you decide to go on this drug you need to report to your doctor immediately if you develop any symptoms of depression or mood change or thoughts of suicide. ...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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Could using Accutane cause scars?

Could using Accutane cause scars?

Not by itself: It's much more likely to prevent scarring. If Isotretinoin is even up for discussion, you're already with your personal physician or a dermatologist. It's not for the faint-hearted and should be your choice. ...Read more

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