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Is laser therapy for stretch marks something that would cause scaring while on Accutane 70mg? What are some alternatives while on the med?

Is laser therapy for stretch marks something that would cause scaring while on Accutane 70mg? What are some alternatives while on the med?

I suggest you wait: until you finish accutane, and then do lasers, they work the best on stretch marks. You certainly can try retinoids or caffeine related products, but i would save your money and do lasers ...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


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My dermatologist put me on Accutane during my fractional resurfacing therapy I found out dat it isnt good but the doc said its fine & i shouldnt worry?

My dermatologist put me on Accutane during my fractional resurfacing therapy I found out dat it isnt good but the doc said its fine & i shouldnt worry?

Acutane: You ABSOLUTELY should not be having any light based or ablative skin treatment (not even dermabrasion) while on Accutane which is a dangerous chemotherapy drug that inhibits skin growth and you will likely have poor or no healing after a resurfacing treatment. ...Read more

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Is erbium fractional resurfacing laser therapy ok if my girl uses accutane? She's on Accutane 20mgtwice a day and also is going through this procedure

Is erbium fractional resurfacing laser therapy ok if my girl uses accutane? She's on Accutane 20mgtwice a day and also is going through this procedure

Probably but....: This is an unusual question that should be answered by the physician performing the laser procedure. You should make sure he/she knows everything your daughter is taking. I would also recommend checking with the doctor/dermatologist prescribing her accutane. Accutane is a vitamin A derivative and can have many side effects including skin redness and irritation maybe worsened by laser surgery. ...Read more

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My girl is on Accutane and she's also receiving her collagen activation therapy for resurfacing of scars left by acne, is it ok to do so?

My girl is on Accutane and she's also receiving her collagen activation therapy for resurfacing of scars left by acne, is it ok to do so?

Could be problem: Most people wait about 6 months after cessation of accutane to perform resurfacing procedures. Collagen induction therapy is slightly unique because it does not cause the same injury as an ablative procedure ...Read more

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Can i still take Accutane after the treatment finishes?

Can i still take Accutane after the treatment finishes?

Need details: Took it for how long? What dose? Usually a course is 20 weeks but sometimes longer or shorter. Most people are dramatically better. A few of them will need a second treatment, typically a year later. Higher doses are less likely to lead to repeat treatment. ...Read more

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What are some undesirable, permanent changes that can come from Accutane treatment?

What are some undesirable, permanent changes that can come from Accutane treatment?

Accutane: Accutane is a fantastic acne medication. The main permanent side effect is a birth defect if a woman takes it when pregnant. ...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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My Accutane treatment is over and idlike to know after how long will i know if it worked permanently. After how long people normally break out again?

My Accutane treatment is over and idlike to know after how long will i know if it worked permanently. After how long people normally break out again?

Time will tell.: Statistically, one third of patients need another course of Accutane later on; another third need additional treatment, but not with accutane; and the rest never need acne therapy again. You could be in any of those three categories; only time will tell. ...Read more

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Can 5mg of Accutane do me any harm? 6-12 months treatment .

Can 5mg of Accutane do me any harm? 6-12 months treatment .

Well, yes: Accutane is a very powerful drug that can be very helpful for the treatment of cystic acne. It has a whole host of possible side effects however, from fairly mild like dry skin, to very severe like psychosis. It's super important to not get pregnant while taking Accutane because it causes significant birth defects. If you are taking Accutane you need close follow up with a doctor. ...Read more

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Is a long term low dose of accutane an effective treatment? 5 mg for 2 years.

Is a long term low dose of accutane an effective treatment? 5 mg for 2 years.

Accurate dose: Long-term use of Accutane, even in low doses, has not been studied, and is not recommended. It is important that Accutane be given at the recommended doses for no longer than the recommended duration. The effect of long-term use of Accutane on bone loss is unknown 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. ...Read more

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I'v got paronychia & I'm in treatment now Is it caused by accutane and should I stop taking it ? 

I'v got paronychia & I'm in treatment now Is it caused by accutane and should I stop taking it ? 

No: paronychia is an infection of the paronychium, the lateral nail folds. Usually either bacterial or fungal and not related to accutane. Can see changes in the fingernails as result of accutane use but not infection in the soft tissues. ...Read more

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Is Accutane recommended for acne treatment?

For severe cases: Accutane is a very strong but very effective drug for acne. It has potential serious side effects and requires close monitoring. That said, i know multiple patients who have had phenomenal improvements with Accutane that say they would do the treatment over. I recommend you see a local dermatologist for a consultation and more information. ...Read more

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Dark spot treatment from accutane?

Dark Spot: You have to protect your skin from the sun to avoid getting dark spots. But once the dark spots appear, it is possible to treat them. Potential over-the-counter treatments include hydroquinone creams that bleach the skin and microdermabrasion kits that buff out the rough, dark spots. Prescription drug treatments include tretinoin, known as retin-a. ...Read more

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What plays a major role during Accutane treatment?

Pride in yourself: Stay with it. Remember why. Acne is a grave personal and professional liability. Your life will be far better once you're through it. Life is cruel and unfair, and you'll discover that once your face is clear, people treat you better. Comply with your lab work and appointments. And be grateful for scientific medicine that's made this possible. Best wishes. ...Read more

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May Accutane cause temporarily memory loss while the treatment?

May Accutane cause temporarily memory loss while the treatment?

Not known effect: That said, just because it isn't, I never discount a person's experience - you could be the first. But no, that's not a commonly known neurological affect associated with Accutane (isotretinoin). ...Read more

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Acnes : can I have n-light treatment before starting my roaccutane for acnes? I was told i can not get n-light treatment after taking accutane?

Acnes : can I have n-light treatment before starting my roaccutane for acnes?  I was told i can not get n-light treatment after taking accutane?

Accutane: Is toxic stuff but very effective. However, it takes 6 months off of Accutane before you can undergo other procedures since it can lead to hyper or hypo pigmentation. ...Read more