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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 year did Accutane come on the market? What were original problems that led to warning?

Accutane: It has been on the market in the us since about 1982. The main problem with this drug is birth defects which occur in children born to mothers who take the drug while pregnant. The drug is safe if used appropriately. ...Read more

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My skin has gotten so much worst I am wanting to stop accutane, however it is my last resort i've tried everything on the market (i mean everything)!

My skin has gotten so much worst I am wanting to stop accutane, however it is my last resort i've tried everything on the market (i mean everything)!

Don't give up: Please stick with the 20 week course and only stop if your doctor says you should stop. I have had many patients completely clear after finishing 20weeks of the medication. ...Read more

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My skin looks red and unpleasant everytime i wash it! its really annoying what are the most gentle cleansers on the market? I'm on accutane.

Accutane & dry skin: While on accutane, the skin can become red and irritated due to dryness. That happens because Accutane cuts down on the skin's oil production. Gentle soap-free cleansers like cetaphil bar, cerave facial cleanser, purpose cleanser, all available over the counter will help soothe irritated skin. Also, don't use anything that scrubs the skin, like washcloths or sponges. Those will dry and irritate. ...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