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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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Does using Accutane stunt your growth?

Maybe: Until you've reached your maximum height, it's not wise to start isotretinoin. There's a theoretical risk of early closure of the epiphyses. ...Read more

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The chance of Accutane stunting your growth?

Accutane & Growth: Growth arrest has been reported. However, it's very rare. There just isn't enough data to make firm recommendations about x-ray monitoring. I can tell you that it isn't standard practice to obtain such x-rays. As to how reliably predictive they are of side-effects is questionable. ...Read more

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Can you say if it could isotretinoin ( a.K.A Accutane among other generic names ) stunt my growth?

Can you say if it could isotretinoin ( a.K.A Accutane among other generic names ) stunt my growth?

Unknown: Isotretinoin has been observed to change bone density in clinical trials. Premature epiphyseal (growth plate) closure has also been reported. Its overall long term effect on the skeleton is not known. ...Read more

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My son is 15. I am concerned he has been taking 40 mg per day of Accutane for 3 months. Will it stunt his growth?

My son is 15. I am concerned he has been taking 40 mg per day of Accutane for 3 months. Will it stunt his growth?

Severe acne?: I am assuming he has severe acne and is followed by Dermatology. They typically treat with accutane for 6 months at a time. I am assuming they reviewed the risks with accutane, I am not aware that accutane will stunt your growth, and most likely at 15 he already has had his growth spurt. ...Read more

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I took Accutane twice for six months each when i was fifteen and sixteen, i'm 19 now. I am shorter than my predicted height, did it stunt my growth?

I took Accutane twice for six months each when i was fifteen and sixteen, i'm 19 now. I am shorter than my predicted height, did it stunt my growth?

Unlikely: Accutane is an oral form of vitamin a. The worst side effect for a pregnant female is defects in the development of the fetus. Other side effects can include night vision compromise, dry mucosa/skin, sunburn, nausea/diarrhea, headache, depression, fatigue, triglyceride elevation, aching joints. There is no reliable study that links compromised bone growth/height deficits to taking accutane. ...Read more

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I'm 22 year old male. Took Accutane aged 20 for period of 6 months. Did it stunt my height (closure of bone plates) and stunt my penis growth?

Unrelated: Linear growth and penile growth are more or less finished by the age of 17 in most males & slowed significantly in others.If you went into puberty about the same time as your friends, it is unlikely that you would grow after 19. ...Read more

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How likely are growth plates to close after Accutane course?

How likely are growth plates to close after Accutane course?

Extremely rare: The current published data suggests that this side effect occurs in 1 of 10,000 skeletally immature patients taking Accutane for acne. If you are 18, however, chances are that your physes are almost fully closed already. If you are under 18, a simple x-ray of your hand can determine whether your physes remain open and growing. Consider a consult via HealthTap Concierge www.healthtap.com/saurbornmd ...Read more