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How helpful is Accutane for acne?

How helpful is Accutane for acne?

Acne: Accutane is the most effective therapy that is available for severe acne. It is not meant for milder forms of acne. ...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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Someone I know is recommended to take Accutane for acne?

Someone I know is recommended to take Accutane for acne?

Go for it: The internet is full of scare stories about isotretinoin, and it is not for the faint-hearted. However, it's usually the only option for severe acne, and this in turn is a grave personal and professional liability. Anyone who suggests otherwise, or claims there is a "natural" or "magic" cure, or blames the person with the disease, is misleading you. ...Read more

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Can I use accutane for acne problem, just worried about all the sides effects, I’m 23 year old my acne is moderate ?

Can I use accutane for acne problem, just worried about all the sides effects, I’m 23 year old my acne is moderate ?

Discuss with derm: Because of the side effects you noted, most limit the drugs use to a select population that has failed other methods and or has cystic acne. It is also a potent defect producer in pregnancy so women must be on BC. Routine blood tests during use are used to monitor potential liver damage so the drug can be stopped before it gets bad. Find a dermatologist & discuss your options. ...Read more

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My son just started taking Accutane for acne. Is it safe? Will it work? Tried other things nothing worked.

My son just started taking Accutane for acne. Is it safe? Will it work? Tried other things nothing worked.

This : This response is coming from a psychiatrist. Why is a psychiatrist answering your question? Because you asked about the safety of Accutane and there can sometimes be psychiatric side effects. I will leave it to one of the dermatologists to address the non-behavioral health aspects of this medication. I normally don’t recommend that any of my patients who have suffered from a major depression, take accutane. If a patient with a history of depression takes Accutane they should be monitored for any worsening of symptoms. There have been some incidences of depression, suicide thoughts and attempts, aggression, mood swings, personality changes, paranoia and loss of touch of reality while on accutane. There have also been some completed suicides on accutane. For this reason, the dermatologist will usually inquire at each visit if you son has any possible symptoms of depression to include: feeling sad or angry, feeling powerless or hopeless, withdrawing from friends, problems with sleep or appetite or suicidal thoughts. What medication is the best choice is made individually with the patient, the parent and the doctor. Good luck. ...Read more

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I want to get on Accutane (for acne) but do I absolutely have to go to a dermatologist for it?

I want to get on Accutane (for acne) but do I absolutely have to go to a dermatologist for it?

Yes: The drug is risky unless the patient knows exactly what they are doing. It's wise that only the dermatologists are allowed to prescribe it. ...Read more

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Is it supposed to get worst before it gets better while on Accutane for acne treatment? If yes why is it?

Is it supposed to get worst before it gets better while on Accutane for acne treatment? If yes why is it?

Acne: With most acne meds, you will get a little worse before it gets better. Along with the pimples on the surface of your skin, there are others developing deeper in your pores. The meds may bring those forward, so you will initially see more pimples, then as they resolve, you will see fewer of them. ...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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Took Accutane for acne a year ago now. It has sucked all the oil out of my skin and hair now. How can I get the oils back to my hair its very dry!

Took Accutane for acne a year ago now. It has sucked all the oil out of my skin and hair now. How can I get the oils back to my hair its very dry!

Dry hair: Shampoos are true detergents and remove hair oils more than soap does. If you still want to use shampoo,be sure to use a hair conditioner afterwards to restore some of your hair oils. ...Read more

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How effective is Accutane for acne and do you need to be on birth control to take it?

How effective is Accutane for acne and do you need to be on birth control to take it?

Need birth control!: Accutane is a very effective treatment when other treatments have failed. However, this medicine can cause terrible birth defects. You should be on two forms of birth control to use this medicine, and most states put restrictions on which doctors can even write for this medicine. These concerns limited to female patients, but also some warnings regarding patients with mental health issues a well. ...Read more

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Any opinions of the safety of Accutane for acne for a male? I've heard there are some pretty serious potential side effects? How about retin-a

Any opinions of the safety of Accutane for acne for a male?  I've heard there are some pretty serious potential side effects? How about retin-a

Accutane: Accutane is indeed a powerful drug and does have some potential serious side effects. It needs to be managed very closely by someone very familiar with it, such as a dermatologist. Retin a (tretinoin) is certainly another option, as are some combination products like epiduo. Depending on the predominant type of acne you have, you may certianly be a candidate for one over the other. Best to ask your derm doc! ...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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Can ricin oil make acne worse? I am on Accutane for acne and I want to use ricin oil on my face for my facial hair.

Can ricin oil make acne worse? I am on Accutane for acne and I want to use ricin oil on my face for my facial hair.

Acne: Oily skin which clogs the pores of your face is a known cause of acne. I would recommend against applying oily products to your skin. ...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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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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