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Accutane For Adults
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Does Accutane generally help hormonal adult acne along the jawline and chin or is it more effective for adolescent acne?
Can help : Accutane primarily works on acne by reducing the size of the oil glands. It also thins the top layer of the skin known as the stratum corneum. It also also alter the overreactive immune response to clogged oil glands. It does have a number of potential side effects, so oral antibiotics or birth control pills are tried first in most cases. ...Read more
Long history adult acne. S/p Accutane (6 mos) last dose 09/2012. Positive results thus far but very mild break out recently. Can wt loss cause flare-up?
Keep trying: If you are reluctant or unable to do yet another course of Accutane -- and many people do quite a few -- an oral antibiotic is usually helpful. Especially, since you are a young lady, your physician may want to look for a reason that your acne is so severe -- for example, an ovarian malfunction. I'm glad you're taking a proactive approach and i wish you luck. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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
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