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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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Is Accutane a good drug to fight stubborn acne ?

Is Accutane a good drug to fight stubborn acne ?

Accutane & Acne: Accutane (isotretinoin) is far and away the best medication for stubborn acne. Many cautions when taking it, though. If you are female, you have to have monthly pregnancy tests to make sure you are not pregnant while you are taking it. If you are a male, it's much easier to get. The high price of the drug puts many people off. A dermatologist can explain it all to you if you are a good candidate. ...Read more

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What is being on Accutane like? How long does it take to treat acne?

What is being on Accutane like? How long does it take to treat acne?

Depends: Each patient reacts differently to medications. Some patients take several months up to year and others who have been on laser skin care and other previous treatments may take lower dosages and take less than 3 months. ...Read more

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How does Accutane (isotretinoin) work to treat acne?

How does Accutane (isotretinoin) work to treat acne?

Accutane and acne: Accutane is basically a very strong and potent form of vitamin a. It reduces oil production by the sebum glands in the skin. The pores do not get clogged up with sticky sebum and dead skin cells and a pimple cannot form. It works well but it is a hard drug to take because of side effects. It can also cause birth defects if taken when a woman is pregnant. It's used when other txs have failed. ...Read more

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Could my acne come back from stopping my Accutane while 8 weeks into the drug?

Could my acne come back from stopping my Accutane while 8 weeks into the drug?

Yes: Acne remits on its own but there is no telling at what age. You best chance of a prolonged (months to years) remission is by taking the full course of isotretinoin. It is not for the faint-hearted but it is very effective. ...Read more

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Is it possible to treat mild cystic acne without accutane?

Is it possible to treat mild cystic acne without accutane?

Yes: Other options include oral antibiotics such as Doxycycline and minocycline. You coule also use Retin-A (tretinoin) which is the topical version of Accutane (isotretinoin). Also the cysts can be injected with a dilute corticosteroid medication called kenalog (triamcinolone). Laser treatment for cystic acne is still somewhat investigational and probably would not be covered by insurance. ...Read more

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Tried everything for my acne. derm suggests accutane next. was told it is a very potent last resort drug. am i putting my health to great risk?

Tried everything for my acne. derm suggests accutane next. was told it is a very potent last resort drug. am i putting my health to great risk?

Requires monitoring: Accutane can cause birth defects to any fetus exposed during pregnancy and occasionally triggers liver injury.It's use is usually monitored closely, with regular blood tests to look for early signs of any toxic effect( so you stop it) and women are usually required to be on BC/sign a contract to that effect. It is a great drug when used appropriately but not one that is used without some caution. ...Read more

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When i was 18 male (now 26) i took isotretinoin (accutane) for 6 mon until my acne was completely gone. Miracle drug. But any longterm side-effects?

Side effects: It has been speculated that Accutane can lead to long-term side effects including depression decreased bone density vision changes and joint problems however these reports have been on unsubstantiated. However if any of these symptoms arise seek medical help regardless. ...Read more

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Do you know of any other antibiotics i can take to treat acne while on accutane?

This is tough: Isotretinoin is powerful stuff and you don't want to take any other rx with it without your prescribing dermatologist's knowledge / advice / consent. Several common antibiotics can be used effectively while taking isotretinoin. Best wishes. ...Read more

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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