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Doctor insights on: Accutane Treatment Duration

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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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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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How long does it take for Accutane to leave your blood stream once conclude treatment?

How long does it take for Accutane to leave your blood stream once conclude treatment?

Half life = 21 hours: The elimination half life of Accutane is about 21 hours and pharmacokinetics state that it takes about 3 and 1/3 half lives (3.3 x 21 =) about 70 hours or about 3 days to eliminate about 90% of the drug from your system. Having said that, even though the drug may be out of your system, the effects may persist for 6 months to a year and therefore surgery is generally discouraged during this period. ...Read more

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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?

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. You are 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

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How long should I wait after Accutane to use hydroquinone or do any other treatment for melasma and acne marks? What other treatment is recommendable in short term being that i´m doing autohemotherapy?

How long should I wait after Accutane to use hydroquinone or do any other treatment for melasma and acne marks? What other treatment is recommendable in short term being that i´m doing autohemotherapy?

Forever: Why would you use such dangerous toxins to treat something that is not life-threatening? Has anyone evaluated your gut for dysbiosis? Has your antioxidant status been checked? Have your oxidative stress markers been checked? Melasma is oxidation damage. Scars are inflammation damage. Accutane and autohemotherapy do not address those problems. ...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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Is Accutane recommended for acne treatment?

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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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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My doctor suggested an IPL treatment while I'm on accutane. Is this safe and okay?

NO: It is not advisable to have any laser or "light" therapy for 6 months to a year after stopping Accutane. IPL is not a laser in that it emits a broad spectrum of light wavelengths where a laser emits just one specific wavelength. However, you are very sensitive to these sources and could end up with a bad burn or worse. ...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