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How does Accutane (isotretinoin) work to treat acne?

How does Accutane (isotretinoin) work to treat acne?

Accutane and acne: Accutane is basically a very strong and potent form of vitamin a. It reduces oil production by the sebum glands in the skin. The pores do not get clogged up with sticky sebum and dead skin cells and a pimple cannot form. It works well but it is a hard drug to take because of side effects. It can also cause birth defects if taken when a woman is pregnant. It's used when other txs have failed. ...Read more

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Acne (Definition)

Acne is one of the most common skin conditions. It affects about 80% of adolescents. Acne starts as a blockage of the sebaceous glands followed by inflammation. It occurs in areas where there are lots of sebaceous glands, such as the face back and chest. The hallmarks of the condition are blackheads, whiteheads (closed comedones), papules, pustules, cysts, nodules, and sometimes scarring. There are numerous treatments available, both topical and systemic. The most commonly used are benzoyl peroxide, retinoids, and antibiotics ...Read more


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Where can I buy generic accutane/isotretinoin for acne?

Where can I buy generic accutane/isotretinoin for acne?

Generic Accutane: Generic Accutane is the only Accutane in the United States at this time. It can be obtained from any pharmacy as a prescription drug. This is not a drug I would allow a doctor to self-prescribe. ...Read more

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When i was 18 male (now 26) i took isotretinoin (accutane) for 6 mon until my acne was completely gone. Miracle drug. But any longterm side-effects?

When i was 18 male (now 26) i took isotretinoin (accutane) for 6 mon until my acne was completely gone. Miracle drug. But any longterm side-effects?

Side effects: It has been speculated that Accutane can lead to long-term side effects including depression decreased bone density vision changes and joint problems however these reports have been on unsubstantiated. However if any of these symptoms arise seek medical help regardless. ...Read more

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I have IBS-D. I also have lots of acne. Can I take Isotretinoin (accutane) ? Please suggest....Thanks.

I have IBS-D. I also have lots of acne. Can I take Isotretinoin (accutane) ? Please suggest....Thanks.

Accutane: This is a medicine you need to talk to a dermatologist about. They will help you decide if you are a candidate for it. ...Read more

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Is there any alternative for isotetrinoin /accutane in nodular acne ?

Is there any alternative for isotetrinoin /accutane in nodular acne ?

Yes: Hello, Traditional texts speak of the failure and risk of topical methods for deeper cysts and nodules. However, new amplified approaches of topicals can predictably, and reproducibly inactivate nodular acne without accutane. A strategic approach requires a great patient/practitioner relationship. Cortisone injections during the treatment can minimize scarring from large individual lesions. ...Read more

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I have been taking isotreitoine (accutane) for about 7 years. Starting the treatment but leaving it when acne stops. What is the main problem of that?

I have been taking isotreitoine (accutane) for about 7 years. Starting the treatment but leaving it when acne stops. What is the main problem of that?

Return of acne: The biggest problem would just be that the acne would probably return eventually. Once you get it clear, you might try switching to something else, like a topical cream/gel/face wash, etc. To see if that keeps it away. ...Read more

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My doc just prescribed oratane. Is it same as accutane. Will this clear my face from acne and the dark spots. Also it took me ages to find is it dange?

Hyperpigmentation: Oratane will definitely treat your acne but not the dark spots. The dark spots are what is called postinflamatory hyper pigmentation. Postinflammatory hyperpigmentation is an acquired hypermelanosis occurring after cutaneous inflammation or injury that can arise in all skin types, but more frequently affects skin-of-color patients, including african americans, hispanics/latinos, asians and others. ...Read more

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Is Accutane a dangerous drug? I heard it was used to treat acne.

Is Accutane a dangerous drug? I heard it was used to treat acne.

See below: Accutane (isotretinoin) is a drug used to treat severe acne & acne resistant to other acne treatments. It is a generally safe medication, although is known for causing birth defects when taken during pregnancy & sometimes raising triglyceride cholesterol levels. For this reason, Accutane must be taken under close doctor supervision. The most common side effect is dry skin while on the medication. ...Read more

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What is being on Accutane like? How long does it take to treat acne?

Depends: Each patient reacts differently to medications. Some patients take several months up to year and others who have been on laser skin care and other previous treatments may take lower dosages and take less than 3 months. ...Read more

Dr. Kristi Woods
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Isotretinoin (Definition)

More commonly known as accutane, Isotretinoin is an oral medication that is incredibly effective for severe acne. It is especially useful to bring a halt to acne that is causing scarring. Isotretinoin has a variety of side effects including birth defects, liver damage, and problems with cholesterol, and careful monitoring ...Read more


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