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Accutane Out Of System
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At least 6 months: At least this is the time we recommend before doing any kind of aesthetic procedure on a patient. ...Read more
I am confused. Articles say Accutane is out of your system after one month but some articles also say Accutane is like vitamin a so it stores in your body up to 6 months. What's is correct?
The former: Isotretinoin (iso) has a half life of 20 hrs at most. After discontinuation, it is eliminated completely after a month. There are analogies to fat soluble vitamin a and metabolites of iso that saturate fatty tissues that might be confusing. The nih suggests it is gone by a month. See ...Read more
I was on accutane for 10 months. How long does it take for accutane to flush out of my system? How long should I avoid sunlight?
Half life: The half life of Accutane is about 22 hours, his is the one it takes for the Accutane level in blood to decrease by 50%. After 5 half lives approximately 97% of the drug is gone from the blood. Do for Accutane this corresponds to 110 hours or about 4.6 days. The actual time depends on the liver and kidney function. People with kidney or liver disease may have longer elimination times. ...Read more
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I was on 40mg Accutane for 1 month and 80mg for an additional 3 months. How long before it's out of my system?
Lots of options: Because of the potential for side effects Accutane should be a treatment of last resort. It is for severe acne, & other meds that are effective are the retinoids like tretinoin or tazarotene, or treatments like blue & red led light, either alone in a series or with a photosensitizer like levulan. I also like clarisonic because of the deep pore cleansing it does. Consistent home care is essential. ...Read more
Usually: Any side effects you may experience should be gone with in a month. They usually resolve much sooner than a month with most people fine within a week of stopping it. ...Read more
Does anybody actually know why Accutane causes your skin to get much worse first? Why does this happen? Is it because the drug isn't fully in the system
Acne: Acne is caused by clogging of pores in the skin. These clogged pores can stay dormant for a while before they breakout. Accutane works by trying to shrink the oil glands in the pores and in doing so can cause the problem pores to breakout in synchrony early in the course. This slows down as the course is continued until all the problem pores settle down. ...Read more
Is there a type of blood test that you can take to determine if you have anymore Accutane in your system?
Accutane levels: An 80 mg dose of 14c-isotretinoin as a liquid had a half-life of 90 hours. Metabolites of Isotretinoin and any conjugates are ultimately excreted in the feces and urine in relatively equal amounts with half-lives of roughly one day. After 5-6 half lives you should be essentially free of drug. Levels can be done but may be quite costly. If you want to become pregnant would wait a week or more. ...Read more
I say wait 6 mos: I tell my patients to wait 6 months. Careful at 46 yrs. ...Read more
How long do I have to wait to start drinking alcohol after my Accutane treatment. Doesn't it take a month or two to get out of your system?
You are only 17:
You are under age to drink alcohol in united states. But if it is a theoretical question then I will answer it.
One is advised not to drink alcohol with Accutane as there can be liver toxicity as both can affect the liver.
If one has stopped using Accutane and want to drink alcohol, there is no contraindication as long as the liver functions were normal ...Read more
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
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
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
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
Mostly birth defects: The birth defect risk is quite real; you cannot get pregnant while taking it. But with all respect to previous answerer, other dangers have been overblown, and no cause-effect has ever been proven for many of them. That doesn't mean they never happen, but in 30+ years of prescribing it I have never seen any of them. I agree it should only be prescribed by a dermatologist well trained in its use. ...Read more
The facts: It's the definitive, and often only effective, rx for severe acne. You must not become pregnant while taking it. It is not pleasant. You'll be monitored closely during the process. Acne is a very serious personal and professional liability. The people I know who have done it are very glad afterwards. ...Read more
Thousands: Accutane is the brand name for isotretinoin. This brand is no longer available. Only the generics are now used. This is by far the most effective remedy for acne. It must never be given to any pregnant woman. Blood tests are needed and there are always side effects, so it is used for those suffering severe, disabling acne. ...Read more
Dangerous drug: You will need to consult with a physician knowledgeable in the diagnosis and treatment of the skin problems you are experiencing. When or if this is considered appropriate for your case, you will be required to sign off on the information describing its potential toxic effects. Once you have been informed /the prescription can be written. Continuation will require followup. ...Read more