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Doctor insights on: Accutane Health Risks

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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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What are your thoughts on Accutane and its health risk?

Accutane: Accutane is a very good drug when used appropriately. The biggest concern is that it causes severe fetal damage if women were to use it and get pregnant. It has a number of side effects, mostly on muscle and skin, but these are usually not severe. Nothing helps severe acne as much as accutane. ...Read more

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After accutane, should I take any medicine to recover my health which is damaged by accutane, or just do not need take any more?

What damage?: You do not describe how Accutane damaged your health. Most of the side effects are totally reversible. You need to be more specific in your question. ...Read more

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I'm on accutane. Sometimes, i eat liver pate in my diet. Is it ok? Does occasional liver pate affect my Accutane journey and my health?

I'm on accutane. Sometimes, i eat liver pate in my diet. Is it ok? Does occasional liver pate affect my Accutane journey and my health?

Accutane: Accutane can elevate your cholesterol and triglyceride (fat) levels. Liver pâté is high in fat/cholesterol, therefore best to avoid regular consumption and maintain a healthy low fat/low cholesterol diet. Your dermatologist should be monitoring your levels. ...Read more

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I'm on accutane. I eat pork liver pate once a week. Is it ok? Does it affect my Accutane regimen & my health. What kind of foods should we avoid?

I'm on accutane. I eat pork liver pate once a week. Is it ok? Does it affect my Accutane regimen & my health. What kind of foods should we avoid?

Speak with derm MD: The active ingredient in Accutane is isotretinoin, a retinoid, similar to vitamin a. Patients taking Accutane should not take additional vitamin a supplements since this can cause vitamin a toxicity, including nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, weakness, dry or itchy skin or lips, irritability, or hair loss. Liver is rich in vitamin a, as are orange-yellow-red vegetables, limit intake. ...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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Can the benefits of Accutane outweigh the risks?

Accutane: Accutane is a great drug but needs to be monitored carefully when administered. Whether the benefits outweigh the risks must be evaluated in each patients individual circumstance. ...Read more

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Can i exercise and do bodyweight trainining while using accutane? What are the risks?

Can i exercise and do bodyweight trainining while using accutane? What are the risks?

There should be no..: There should not be any issues. Accutane has obvious potential side-effects, but simple exercises and weight training should not increase the likelyhood of problems or create new ones! go for it! ...Read more