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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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Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Acne (Definition)

A common skin condition that causes red or white raised pimples, especially on the face, chest and back. Caused when the sebaceous glands in the skin ...Read more


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Acne treatment - how effective is minocin (minocycline)?

Acne treatment - how effective is minocin (minocycline)?

Minocin-tetracycline: I have prescribed low doses of doxycline (similar med) for adult acne (particularly rosacea) and have had good results. It is often a long term treatment which can lead to antibiotic resistance and GI problems and yeast infections in women. I always recommend taking probiotics when taking antibiotics. Also have regular dental check ups as it can cause teeth staining. ...Read more

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Benzoyl peroxide and metrogel to treat acne rosacea, how to use?

Benzoyl peroxide and metrogel to treat acne rosacea, how to use?

Rosacea: I recommend patients with rosacea try to reduce their stress! minimize alcohol intake and no smoking! daily use of a gentle cleanser and Metrogel twice a day. If there is nodular rosacea i place the patient on Doxycycline as well. I do not use benzoyl peroxide as a routine for this. ...Read more

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Clindamycin, tretinoin (retin-a), minocycline pills for acne, do these work?

Clindamycin, tretinoin (retin-a), minocycline pills for acne, do these work?

Yes: Comply with directions. Never use an antibiotic as sole treatment for acne. If you do not get a good result, consider Isotretinoin if it is offered to you. ...Read more

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Has anyone here prescribed the acne drug solodyn (minocycline)?

Has anyone here prescribed the acne drug solodyn (minocycline)?

Antiobiotic: Solodyn is the trade name for minocycline, which is an antibiotic medication frequently used to treat acne from the tetracycline class. It is effective in inflammatory acne (red bumps, or bumps that drain pus) and will help decrease the redness and promote healing. It is not as photosensitizing as doxycycline, another commonly used drug. ...Read more

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How effective is solodyn (minocycline) for acne?

How effective is solodyn (minocycline) for acne?

Not very effective: Solodyn is an expensive brand of minocycline. Usually you would prefer generic. It is very effective for some people with acne. 42 yr-old women respond about 10% of the time. Spironolactone is effective for most women like you. It is safer and much less expensive. ...Read more

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Are sulfacetamide sodium or monodox (doxycycline monohydrate) effective in treating acne scars?

Are sulfacetamide sodium or monodox (doxycycline monohydrate) effective in treating acne scars?

Not for scars: This is not so much for treating scars as it for preventing scars by minimizing bacterial counts and the damage that is done by the bacteria and your bodies response tothe bacteria. ...Read more

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Medication for cystic acne & saeborrheic dermatitis causing severe migraines.Using isotretinoin, minocycline as HCl BP & desloratadine. Drug reaction?

Medication for cystic acne & saeborrheic dermatitis causing severe migraines.Using isotretinoin, minocycline as HCl BP & desloratadine. Drug reaction?

Stop meds, check eye: If you are having headaches, i would stop the Minocycline and isotretinoin. When given together there is an increased risk of a rare side effect, pseudotumor cerebri. I would have my eyes checked and if no evidence of pseudotumor, restart either the Minocin (minocycline) or isotretinoin, but not both. Migraines can also worsen with Isotretinoin and not affect the eyes, but it definitely needs to be ruled out. ...Read more

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Can benzaclin (clindamycin and benzoyl peroxide) treat blind pimples?

Can benzaclin (clindamycin and benzoyl peroxide) treat blind pimples?

BenzaClin (clindamycin and benzoyl peroxide): Benzaclin® topical gel (clindamycin and benzoyl peroxide) contains Clindamycin and is used to treat pimples and acne. ...Read more

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What is tactuo acne medication?

What is tactuo acne medication?

Good choice: This is a combination of a newish retinoic acid derivative and topical benzoyl peroxide. Use it as tolerated and there's maybe a 50% chance that your acne will clear if it's just on your face. If this fails, get with your physician. ...Read more

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Acne medication reaction?

Acne medication reaction?

ACNE RX REACTION: Acne treated with retin a (tretinoin) when exposed to light can cause photosensitivity reactions. Tetracycline when given below age 17 causes teeth discoloration . Other rx gives you irritation and erythema of face. ...Read more

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Is Accutane safe for acne?

Is Accutane safe for acne?

In selected patients: Accutane works for certain types of treatment resistant acne. However, it has significant side effects that limit its use. It causes serious birth defects so is not safe during pregnancy. It may causes problems with the skin, liver, muscles and vision. While not proven, it has also been linked to depression/suicidal thinking. You need a doc experienced with its use before starting accutane. ...Read more

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Side effects from using differin (adapalene) & clindamycin phosphate for acne?

Side effects from using differin (adapalene) & clindamycin phosphate for acne?

Not much.: Most commonly feel dry, irrtating and itchy and see peeling, but not everybody. I would not categorize them as side effects. They are natural consequences of using the medicines. ...Read more

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Acticin (permethrin) or Accutane for acne?

Acticin (permethrin) or Accutane for acne?

Accutane: Acticin is permethrin, a cream used to treat scabies and other skin parasites. Accutane is a variant of vitamin a that is very useful for severe types of acne - but you'll need a prescription, and you must join a registry (called ipledge) because you cannot get pregnant while you are taking it. ...Read more

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How effective is salicylic acid to treat acne and blemishes?

How effective is salicylic acid to treat acne and blemishes?

Careful: Can help, but may cause irritation. I would say no. Try benzoyl peroxide instead. Dermabrasion for scars and blemishes. ...Read more

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Can using a salicylic acid face wash and prescription topical acne medication cause acne breakouts?

Can using a salicylic acid face wash and prescription topical acne medication cause acne breakouts?

It can exacerbate sx: It is possible that topic treatment can exacerbate sx. Cleaning up your diet, removing junk and fatty foods, increase water intake, and adding probiotics as well as cleaning up any stool pbms . Rosacea is actually caused by a little bug and requires specif treatment, dermatology consult indicated. ...Read more

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Will minocin (minocycline) work for acne?

Will minocin (minocycline) work for acne?

One of the most used: Minocycline and Doxycycline are very effective in treating acne, and are the first drugs i would use, coupled with topical benzoil peroxide. Blackheads are clogged pores and are the result of not thoroughly cleansing your face. Otc preparations frequently have a scrubbing preparation containing peach or apricot pits that are micropulverized. ...Read more

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Does amoxicillin treat acne?

Does amoxicillin treat acne?

No: The usual antibiotics, used to treat only severe acne, are erythromycin, clindamycin, doxycycline, and minocycline. ...Read more

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Acne medicine-(azelaic acid) - itching side effects; how to deal?

ACNE: Not familiar with your rx, but if causes itching, discontinue it or change it. You can use benzoyl peroxide or retin a (tretinoin) cream or see dermatologist. ...Read more

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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?

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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Does the acne drug Accutane cause a miscarriage?

Does the acne drug Accutane cause a miscarriage?

Do not take: Accuatane is known to cause serious birth defects and should never be taken during pregnancy. ...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

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Do you advise to use bleaching creams to treat dark red spots from acne while on accutane?

Red Spots: Bleaching creams are used to treat brown spots not red spots. You could use mederma or kelocote both of them are over the counter. ...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

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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Any good drug store (walgreens preferably), acne scar creams or gels that you recommend? Nothing too expensive. I'm on Accutane as well

Wait: You should generally finish your Accutane treatment before you try to treat the acne scars. Acne scars are very hard to get rid of. There are over the counter products that can help slightly with dark spots, but I would not expect a major improvement. Indented scars will not respond to anything sold over the counter. ...Read more

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Would Yaz (drospirenone and ethinyl estradiol) or Accutane be better to treat hormone related morderate-severe acne? Its mainly all pimples and black marks.

Would Yaz (drospirenone and ethinyl estradiol) or Accutane be better to treat hormone related morderate-severe acne? Its mainly all pimples and black marks.

See your MD: Consider Yaz (drospirenone and ethinyl estradiol) trial for two months if your doctor approves. If you go on accutane, you must use some dependable method of birth control (pregnancy prevention) as Accutane may cause birth defects if you get pregnant...Please see your doctor for the best advice... ...Read more

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Hello .I have dry eyes and taking restasis for that and i had big dose of rai in may for thyroid cancer can I take Accutane to treat acne.

Hello .I have dry eyes and taking restasis for that and i had big dose of rai in may for thyroid cancer can I take Accutane to treat acne.

Dry eyes ; accutane: Accutane is very, very drying. If you already have severe dry eyes, you should see your eye doctor and discuss the risks of making your eyes even dryer. Your doctor may be able to help increase your eye's lubrication with the placement of punctal plugs. But the key next step is to see your eye doctor. ...Read more

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I have dry eyes and take restasis for that and i had a big dose of rai for thyroid cancer can I take Accutane to treat acne since it cause dry eyes to?

I have dry eyes and take restasis for that and i had a big dose of rai for thyroid cancer can I take Accutane to treat acne since it cause dry eyes to?

Small risk: Accutane can cause conjunctival irritation and secondarily eye dryness. If your eyes are dry to begin with and you add the dryness of accutane, then your dryness can increase. At your age i would have expected acne to be attenuated but you certainly can try Accutane with an understanding of the risks. ...Read more

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How well does Accutane work for acne?

Well: However, it is unpleasant, and you must be sure not to become pregnant. Your skin will be dry, irritated, and may itch or burn. For severe acne, this is part of the informed consent you will give. After your course of treatment, you should be clear for at least several months. Most folks think it is worth it. Good luck. ...Read more

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How can I be get on Accutane for my acne?

How can I be get on Accutane for my acne?

Probably: If you can be positive you are not and will not become pregnant while on it, and you truly need it, it is very worthwhile. If somebody's superstitions about acne being "normal" or due to your bad lifestyle or hygiene, you have my sympathy. The drug is pricey but a drug company if asked nicely sometimes makes its product available to the needy. Please get with your physician. ...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


Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
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Pimples (Definition)

A pimple is a small inflamed spot on the skin. Also known as zit, ...Read more