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I'm currently prescribed claravis (accutane) 80mg bid. My dermatologist says I can drink alcohol, but I have mix reviews. Can I drink alcohol accutane?
How much drinking??: According to drugs.Com interactions checker, alcohol and Isotretinoin have at least a moderate interaction, significant enough that they recommend against drinking on this drug, and warn that there may be increased side effects with the combination, including more reddening of the skin. Alcohol is generally not a good idea in people with severe acne anyway. One drink probably wouldn't hurt much. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My dermatologist recommended Accutane for me without trying birth control yet. Acne gets worse during menstruation. Any thoughts or recommendations?
BCP help acne: You certainly do not want to get pregnant while on Accutane due to possible birth defects. Most bcp will help acne. Your derm may be uncomfortable prescribing it so please see your gynecologist. Bcp can always be an adjunct to any meds your derm prescribes. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Don't want to waste my time on a low dose of accutane. Should i ask my dermatologist to raise or from 60-80mgs?
Eventually : An initial one month period of low dose is sometimes done to make sure the medication does not cause any major side effects such as elevated lfts or high cholesterol. It can then be increased to a maximum of 1 mg/kg (60 mg-80 mg for most people) daily as tolerated. The higher dose allows the course to be completed more quickly. ...Read more
Maybe: He/she would need to be satisfied that all other possible rx's for your acne (or a few other skin diseases) haven't or won't work. You'll have to show you are emotionally stable, determined not to become pregnant or drink alcohol, and that you're tough enough. It's the most powerful and effective rx for acne that exists. Go ahead and ask. ...Read more
Are there any dermatologists in Maryland that have experience with prescribing 3 or more courses of Accutane? I am looking to consult with one.
Do you already know: you will need 3 courses of Accutane? Dermatologist are well trained and they will formulate the treatment plan according to individual need. So consult the dermatologist with open mind and you will be an active decision maker in the treatment. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer