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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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How long do the side effects of Accutane generally last?

6-12 months: Most of the acute side effects of Accutane therapy last from 6-12 months and surgery is generally discouraged during this period. ...Read more

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Does Accutane generally help hormonal adult acne along the jawline and chin or is it more effective for adolescent acne?

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

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Do your patients's (on accutane) skin generally look its worst on month 2. Because i'm just finishing up month 2 and by skin has been bad this month!

Do your patients's (on accutane) skin generally look its worst on month 2. Because i'm just finishing up month 2 and by skin has been bad this month!

High dose yes: The side effects of Accutane are dose related and the acne often gets worse the first 2 months then improves gradually. You should definitely see improvement by month 3 ...Read more

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How safe is accutane?

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

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How good is accutane?

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

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Is Accutane affective?

Is Accutane affective?

For acne? yes: Accutane is remarkably effective in healing severe acne. Get to your doctor to discuss it's use in your case. There is some risk to mental health with accutane, but you should see your doctor about it. ...Read more

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Should I take accutane?

Should I take accutane?

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

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Is 80 mg Accutane too much?

Is 80 mg Accutane too much?

Accutane dose: The recommended dosage range for Accutane is 0.5 to 1.0 mg/kg/day given in two divided doses with food for 15 to 20 weeks. Therefore, the appropriate dose for YOU depends on your weight. ...Read more

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Does Accutane affect vision?

Does Accutane affect vision?

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