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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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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 it's 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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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