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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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When will I see the results of taking accutane?

When will I see the results of taking accutane?

You have to finish t: You have to take the full course of Accutane which is minimum of 16 to 20 weeks. ...Read more

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How long should it take for Accutane to start showing results?

How long should it take for Accutane to start showing results?

Weeks: Gradual improvement is observed while taking Accutane for acne. It may take as long as wefts 16 weeks for satisfactory results. Dryness of the skin and lips is common. ...Read more

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How long is it supposed to it take for Accutane to start showing results?

One to two months: You need to be patient with this medication. Depending on your dose the results will take one to two months to begin to see changes. ...Read more

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Is there a certain time you should take accutane? I take it in the afternoon ith food, absorica 20mg once a day

Is there a certain time you should take accutane? I take it in the afternoon ith food, absorica 20mg once a day

Your choice: While there are many restrictions on and hazards involved in taking this powerful and effective medication, you may take this at the time of day that seems best to you. Most people prefer to take it with food and there's one pharmacologic study that suggests its better absorbed with at least some food, so this would be wise. Ask your physician whether to continue your other meds. ...Read more

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How effective are second Accutane courses compared to first courses? Should a higher cumulative dose be used the second time around? 18 y/o, m

Probably less: The response rate is probably a bit less for a second course, but its usually still very worthwhile to try, unless you just didn't do well the first time. I use the same routine for the second course, which for me is 1mg/kg daily dosage, usually divided into bid dosing with a total goal range of 120-150 mg/kg. ...Read more

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Without changing my lifestyle, I put on 50 pounds since around the time I started accutane last August. What are the odds that accutane caused this?

Without changing my lifestyle, I put on 50 pounds since around the time I started accutane last August. What are the odds that accutane caused this?

Unlikely, possible?: A very small percentage of people who take accutane, report weight gain, I noticed in your med history that you have some ortho and back problems that can make exercise difficult. Talk to your doctor about this, but attempts at increasing exercise might help ...Read more

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Can you take dianette and Accutane at the same time?

Can you take dianette and Accutane at the same time?

Yes, but...: I am located in US, and meds are made in different combinations here . however, from the classes, they would probably be okay . But . If you are on dianette it seems the anti androgen would halp acne as well (so maybe wait a few months (cycles) to see if that is effective. If not, Accutane has a large side effect profile,and it would be easier and clearer (if side effects occur) if you ...Read more

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If I took Accutane how much should I wait before I do laser again? And after taking it laser would be useful this time?

Waiting period: Accutane can stay in the system for at least 1-3 months after discontinuance. It would be best to wait to do any laser tx until the drug has been eliminated from one's system. ...Read more

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Is it normal to hear a high pitch noise while on 60mg of accutane? It's not all the time only for a few seconds every other day or so

Is it normal to hear a high pitch noise while on 60mg of accutane? It's not all the time only for a few seconds every other day or so

Accutane & tinnitus: You may be experiencing what is called tinnitis (ringing in the ears). The National Institutes of Health warn that people on Accutane who develop this condition should discontinue use and have audiometry performed, as Accutane can cause nerve damage of the ears. People on Accutane should never, ever get pregnant while taking it (should use birth control). ...Read more

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Accutane, didn't miss dosage 1st month (30mg). Miss total six pills off/on throughout first 3 weeks of 2nd month (40 mg). Will this affect results?

No: Take with food for best result. Best results from taking each dose. The more doses you miss the more likely you will need to extend the total length of therapy. You do not give your weight. Probably you will soon be on 80mg a day. You will need to grease your lips. ...Read more

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How much time did it take for accutane/isotretinoin to begin clearing up your skin?

How much time did it take for accutane/isotretinoin to begin clearing up your skin?

Month or two: Most patients will start to improve within a month or two of starting isotretinoin. Occasionally acne worsens before it gets better. Hang in there, and see your dermatologist once a month for monitoring, dosage adjustments, and possibly adding other meds to help you clear up faster. ...Read more

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Have you ever had patients on Accutane that had amazing results but with a really low dose.

Have you ever had patients on Accutane that had amazing results but with a really low dose.

Yes: Like most medications your genetic makeup has something to do with how well medications work. Another patient would need a higher dose to get the same results. Of course the severity sometimes affects this and also diet and if medication is taken with food or without food. ...Read more

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I'm currently on Accutane (day 52, 60mlgs a day), what rules && other things must I follow to get the best possible results from this treatment?

I'm currently on Accutane (day 52, 60mlgs a day), what rules && other things must I follow to get the best possible results from this treatment?

Accutane: Accutane rarely fails for cystic acne. Normally 50% of people are cured taking 1mg/kg for 20 weeks. 50% of people need a second course at double the dose. A very few people need higher doses and more prolonged therapy. Weekly blood tests are need to monitor for adverse effects at these higher doses. See a dermatologist experienced in administering higher doses of accutane. ...Read more

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Does ampicillin improve Accutane results?

Does ampicillin improve Accutane results?

No: Accutane is a form of vitamin A that reduces the amount of oil released by oil glands in the skin, and helps to renew itself more quickly. . Systemic antibiotics decrease P. acnes colonization and have intrinsic anti-inflammatory effects to treat acne separate from the action of Accutane. Doxycycline or erythromycin are the common antibiotics that are used not ampicillin ...Read more

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Is it safe to start taking Accutane and Paxil (paroxetine) together around the same time?

Is it safe to start taking Accutane and Paxil (paroxetine) together around the same time?

See below: There are no known drug-drug interactions between Paxil (paroxetine) and accutane. Problems might however arise from the reasons why someone takes paxil (paroxetine). Ie say depression. Accutane has been reported to be associated with depressive symptoms. See below for more on accutane:
http://www.Ncbi. Nlm. Nih. Gov/pubmedhealth/pmh0000532/. ...Read more

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Don't want to waste my time on a low dose of accutane. Should I ask my dermatologist to raise or from 60-80mgs?

Eventually : An initial one-month period of low dose is sometimes done to make sure the medication does not cause any major side effects such as elevated lfts or high cholesterol. It can then be increased to a maximum of 1 mg/kg (60 mg-80 mg for most people) daily as tolerated. The higher dose allows the course to be completed more quickly. ...Read more

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I've been on Mononessa for about 2 1/2 weeks because I'm being put on Accutane later this month. I've been spotting this whole time, is this normal?

I've been on Mononessa for about 2 1/2 weeks because I'm being put on Accutane later this month. I've been spotting this whole time, is this normal?

Of course not: Discuss with DR. Sometimes need time to adjust to pill. Sometimes need change. Consider YAZ (drospirenone and ethinyl estradiol) or a generic equivalent because it is very good for acne. ...Read more

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