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Can be: Accutane is recognized as a potential cause of serious birth defects if taken during pregnancy. It is also known to cause significant intestinal tract problems in a fraction of patients. If used only when needed and precautions are taken to limit the risks, it is a good medication. ...Read more
No: When taken under the close monitoring of your doctor, Accutane is safe and one of the most effective medicines we have for acne. Most patients will experience dry skin. Muscle and joint aches are uncommon. Accutane may raise your cholesterol and liver enzymes so routine blood work is important. Rare side effects include depression and birth defects if women take this medication while pregnant. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Very potent med with: Numerous potentially severe side effects: known to cause birth defects; can cause loss of bone mass, inflammatory bowel, liver damage, pancreatitis, psychosis, severe allergic reactions, hearing impairment, cataracts, inflamed optic nerve, & many others. Should be administered only by dermatologist well trained in its use & dangers. ...Read more
Worth the risk: If you've been recommended for accutane, please give it your consideration. Acne is a serious, non-lifesytle-related disease that can scar you physically and emotionally. You must not become pregnant, you must protect your skin, and you must monitor your mood. Other health consequences are probably minor. Driving a car is more dangerous. Best wishes. ...Read more
See below: Accutane (isotretinoin) is a drug used to treat severe acne & acne resistant to other acne treatments. It is a generally safe medication, although is known for causing birth defects when taken during pregnancy & sometimes raising triglyceride cholesterol levels. For this reason, Accutane must be taken under close doctor supervision. The most common side effect is dry skin while on the medication. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Does accutane has a dangerous side effect (such as fatal birth defects) in the future like 3-5 years after taking the medication?
No: pregnancy has to be avoided 1 month before starting treatment, during treatment and one month after stopping the treatment, need to use two methods of contraception if sexually active, before, during and after treatment. Check information on the 'ipledge' program. Other side effects than fetal problems, are numerous, and the drug should be used under strict medical supervision, best wishes ...Read more
I'm on accutane.I'm so sad that I use tetracycline ointment 1% on lip.After 5 mins, i wiped it. It happens 1 time when taking accutane.Is it dangerous?
Accutane can be: Accutane can cause depression and even suicidal thoughts. If any concerns, see physician asap. If continuing tetracycline, this can effect the metabolism of psychiatric medications. This must be considered by any prescriber of psychiatric meds. Sometimes the psych meds can help clear up acne. Need to see a psychiatrist well versed in psychopharmacology, especially psychodermatology. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How dangerous is Accutane I'm 19 and have had mild acne since age 14. I've been on several types of pills and cream, none which have been helpful.male?
Consider low dose...: Isotretinoin (Roaccutane, Oratane) is a retinoid which reduces the amount of sebum made in the sebaceous glands, and so reduces the amount of acne. It dries the skin and can cause cracked lips, nosebleeds. Must be monitored by your Dr as it can affect liver fn & lipids and can cause depression. See www.goodfellowunit.org/gems/acne-low-dose-isotretinoin-10-mg-daily-effective-fewer-side-effects ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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