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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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Is it okay to start taking Accutane with a history of generalized anxiety disorder and mild depression?

Is it okay to start taking Accutane with a history of generalized anxiety disorder and mild depression?

An answer: In my personal experiance as a psychiatrist, i would tell you to get a second opinion from your dermatologist about acne meds. For me, i think the risk of worsening of psych sx on Accutane is greater than the anxiety and depression my patients have from the acne itself. This is just my opinion. You should get some other opinions from other psychiatrists too. ...Read more

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Is there a higher risk of depression when taking Accutane for those with a history of depression?

Is there a higher risk of depression when taking Accutane for those with a history of depression?

Maybe: The literature varies. Some point to no association, others to a idiosyncratic one... I.E. Hard to predict who would have such a response. However the majority of articles appeared to support some incidence of depression, mania and psychosis, such that treatment of patients with a psychiatric disorder, especially bipolar disorder, appears to pose a higher risk for exacerbation of symptoms. ...Read more

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How safe is accutane?

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