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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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Can you tell me is Accutane dangerous?

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

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Is Accutane dangerous when used according to the directions?

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 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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Why is Accutane so dangerous to use?

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

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Is Accutane a dangerous drug? I heard it was used to treat acne.

Is Accutane a dangerous drug? I heard it was used to treat acne.

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 more

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Help please! is Accutane acne dangerous about medicine?

Help please! is Accutane acne dangerous about medicine?

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

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Does accutane has a dangerous side effect (such as fatal birth defects) in the future like 3-5 years after taking the medication?

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

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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?

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 more

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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?

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 more

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How dangerous is accutane. does it really cause permanent joint damage and GI problems like IBS? can side effects be permanent?

How dangerous is accutane. does it really cause permanent joint damage and GI problems like IBS? can side effects be permanent?

Worth the risk: The claimed link to inflammatory bowel disease -- which I thought was just bad studies -- was laid to rest by a meta-analysis in 2016; anyone still talking should know this. The arthritis is rare and we know little about it -- whether it's cause and effect is unsettled. Acne is a grave social and professional liability. If you need this Rx, go for it with close guidance. ...Read more

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Got prescribed Accutane for acne How dangerous is this for my body? Also I have plantar fasciitis. Will this prevent healing? should I avoid this drug

Got prescribed Accutane for acne How dangerous is this for my body? Also I have plantar fasciitis. Will this prevent healing? should I avoid this drug

Accutane dangers: Accutane is a very potent teratogen. It can cause very serious birth defects. You must use at least 2 excellent forms of birth control when taking it and since it is stored in your body fat probably for a year after you have stopped taking it. It is usually prescribed only for severe cystic acne only. Do NOT take it for mild acne. Has nothing to do with plantar fasciitis. ...Read more

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Is it dangerous to take too much accutane?

Is it dangerous to take too much accutane?

Yes: Accutane has many side effects including but not limited to psychological and birth defects. Even in properly prescribed amounts, problems may develop. Read the insert as well as the precautionary monthly blood test and pregnancy test that are required in the us for legally prescribed accutane. ...Read more

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I take Accutane 5 mg 3x week, and always give me headaches its that dangerous?

Isotretinoin: It's not clear to me why you're taking Isotretinoin three times weekly rather than daily as indicated. Regardless, headaches are a known common adverse reaction as noted by epocrates.Com. As always, it's best to discuss risks, benefits & alternatives w/your physician before accepting any medication, therapy or surgery especially when directions aren't as usual. ...Read more

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Help! is it dangerous to take Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine) and accutane?

Help! is it dangerous to take Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine) and accutane?

Vyvanse+Accutane: The fda has reported interactions of these medications taken together: muscle weakness, difficulty breathing, self injurious behavior, loss of consciousness, upper abdominal pain, protein in the urine, abnormal behavior, red cells or white cells in the urine. ...Read more

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Can i drink alcohol on Accutane (40mg)? Only for one night?(birthday!) is it dangerous?

Can i drink alcohol on Accutane (40mg)? Only for one night?(birthday!) is it dangerous?

The concern is..: That you have a much higher chance of developing pancreatitis, which is very painful and debilitating, if you drink while taking the Accutane, even just for a night. There is also concern for the effect on your liver as both drugs are processed through the liver. One drink may be ok, but you are taking chances past that. (Happy Birthday!) ...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