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Black box warning Zoloft (sertraline) effects to wear off?

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Black box warning Zoloft (sertraline) effects to wear off?

Zoloft (sertraline): Warning exists while taking the medication.

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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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Are there any dangerous side effects of tetralysal 300 mg acne pills (lymecycline)?

Are there any dangerous side effects of tetralysal 300 mg acne pills (lymecycline)?

Safe stuff: It's an antibiotic so you're not going to use it as your sole therapy. Topical benzoyl peroxide, retinoic acid and/or salicylic acid needs to be used in conjunction with this stuff. If your disease is relatively mild, you'll probably get a good result. Best wishes. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of roaccutane or isotretinoin drug for acne?

What are the side effects of roaccutane or isotretinoin drug for acne?

Many Side-effects: This drug is highly effective for severe acne but has powerful side-effects. Those include increased skin dryness , rashes , sun-sensitivity , increases in cholesterol and triglycerides , hair loss and peeling skin. There are also concerns about worsening ibs/ us and depression. ...Read more

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Any adverse effects of topical tretinoin if pregnant?

Any adverse effects of topical tretinoin if pregnant?

Avoid if possible: We know the oral use causes birth defects. The topical appears safer, but seriously, unless the problem you are treating is extreme, i would avoid it. ...Read more

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Is there a black box warning re: taking sulfa drugs with Paxil (paroxetine) cr?

Is there a black box warning re: taking sulfa drugs with Paxil (paroxetine) cr?

No black box warning: No "black box warning" about sulfa drugs with paxil (paroxetine). It can inhibit many of the liver isoenzymes that metabolize other drugs, but there isn't a problem with sulfa drugs. ...Read more

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Is PML reversible? I am beginning tecfidera and the warning labels are intimidating.

Is PML reversible? I am beginning tecfidera and the warning labels are intimidating.

If I understand your: question, you have PML--clearly a very rare and debilitating viral disease--and your are wondering if anything can "reverse" it. My understanding is that there are no truly effective drugs that cure or reverse PML. Tecfidera is typically used in multiple sclerosis; perhaps your neurologist is suggesting you might try it due to some trial or clinical evidence of benefit. Very individual decision. ...Read more

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Does the acne drug Accutane cause a miscarriage?

Does the acne drug Accutane cause a miscarriage?

Do not take: Accuatane is known to cause serious birth defects and should never be taken during pregnancy. ...Read more

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Medication for cystic acne & saeborrheic dermatitis causing severe migraines.Using isotretinoin, minocycline as HCl BP & desloratadine. Drug reaction?

Stop meds, check eye: If you are having headaches, i would stop the Minocycline and isotretinoin. When given together there is an increased risk of a rare side effect, pseudotumor cerebri. I would have my eyes checked and if no evidence of pseudotumor, restart either the Minocin (minocycline) or isotretinoin, but not both. Migraines can also worsen with Isotretinoin and not affect the eyes, but it definitely needs to be ruled out. ...Read more

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Is acne and vomiting side effects of hydroxycut?

Is acne and vomiting side effects of hydroxycut?

Hydroxycut: The drug could be affecting your liver which can cause vomiting. See your doctor asap. ...Read more

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Has anyone here prescribed the acne drug solodyn (minocycline)?

Has anyone here prescribed the acne drug solodyn (minocycline)?

Antiobiotic: Solodyn is the trade name for minocycline, which is an antibiotic medication frequently used to treat acne from the tetracycline class. It is effective in inflammatory acne (red bumps, or bumps that drain pus) and will help decrease the redness and promote healing. It is not as photosensitizing as doxycycline, another commonly used drug. ...Read more

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Hydroquinone side effects serious?

Irritation: Used properly it should be limited to irritation. Overuse could rarely cause systemic effects. ...Read more

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What are the most frequently reported side- effects of Isotretinoin (Roaccutane) that persisted after its discontinuation?

None: Most prominent side effect is dry skin, especially lips. After a week there are no side effects. There are POSITIVE side effects persisting after it is stopped. There is little or no acne and there is an improved mood after a full course. ...Read more

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Clindamycin, tretinoin (retin-a), minocycline pills for acne, do these work?

Clindamycin, tretinoin (retin-a), minocycline pills for acne, do these work?

Yes: Comply with directions. Never use an antibiotic as sole treatment for acne. If you do not get a good result, consider Isotretinoin if it is offered to you. ...Read more

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Are mefloquine side effects serious enough to stop it?

Are mefloquine side effects serious enough to stop it?

Sometimes: Mefloquine is used to prevent malaria. In some people, it can cause unpleasant side effects such as vivid dreams or anxiety or depression. In those with tendency towards seizures it can cause a seizure. All these effects happen because the drug can affect your brain. Note: many people tolerate the medication just fine. Talk to your doctor to see if it is right for you. ...Read more

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Are there any dangerous permanent side effects of taking minocin (minocycline)?

Are there any dangerous permanent side effects of taking minocin (minocycline)?

Usually not.: Many side-effects mild and go away. Gi upset, diarrhea, or cramps not uncommon when starting. Usaully disappear quickly. Many feel like doxycline. Is is a photosensitiver, it is in reality almost never a problem. ...Read more

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Side effects from using differin (adapalene) & clindamycin phosphate for acne?

Side effects from using differin (adapalene) & clindamycin phosphate for acne?

Not much.: Most commonly feel dry, irrtating and itchy and see peeling, but not everybody. I would not categorize them as side effects. They are natural consequences of using the medicines. ...Read more

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Is a side effect of benzoyl peroxide skin aging?

Is a side effect of benzoyl peroxide skin aging?

No but dry skin: Ehuch may appear aged. Use sparingly as needed and in combination with an appropriate oil free moisturizer, retinoids, and gentle exfoliation. ...Read more

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Accutane or spironlactone? Female, 23, stubborn acne. Took Accutane 8 years ago, oily skin and excessive menstruation controlled with progesterone.

Accutane or spironlactone? Female, 23, stubborn acne. Took Accutane 8 years ago, oily skin and excessive menstruation controlled with progesterone.

Either work: If you took accutane and still have problems then maybe try something different. Also spironolactone will not require the multiple visits and tests that accutane does. And best of all it is effective. ...Read more

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Any DETRIMENTAL EFFECTS of long term (TOPICAL) isotretinoin/erythromtcin use on the skin? Like premature aging? Been using it on/off 11 yrs for acne.

Any DETRIMENTAL EFFECTS of long term (TOPICAL) isotretinoin/erythromtcin use on the skin? Like premature aging? Been using it on/off 11 yrs for acne.

I have never heard: of topical isotretinoin(that is accutane) do you mean tretinoin (or retin A)? Topical retinoic acid will not hurt and can help as it stimulates new collagen and thickens the epidermis. Topcial erythromycin is just a topical antibiotic. It won't age your skin but may stop working. Hope that helps ...Read more

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What year did Accutane come on the market? What were original problems that led to warning?

Accutane: It has been on the market in the us since about 1982. The main problem with this drug is birth defects which occur in children born to mothers who take the drug while pregnant. The drug is safe if used appropriately. ...Read more

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How safe is accutane?

How safe is accutane?

Pretty safe: Accutane has some issues, especially birth defects if taken while pregnant, but most of the other popularized "dangers" are significantly overblown. Still, it must be prescribed by a doctor with experience in its use, and you must join a registry (ipledge) as an added precaution against pregnancy. ...Read more

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How good is accutane?

Very good: Accutane is very drug useful for treatment resistant acne. However, there are several restrictions on its use. Patients need to be fully informed prior to taking the drug and agree to using at least two forms of birth control. This drug is not for everyone and can only be prescribed by physicians specifically trained in its use. ...Read more

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Is Accutane affective?

Is Accutane affective?

For acne? yes: Accutane is remarkably effective in healing severe acne. Get to your doctor to discuss it's use in your case. There is some risk to mental health with accutane, but you should see your doctor about it. ...Read more

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Should I take accutane?

Should I take accutane?

Depends: Its hard to say without knowing more about you. However, Accutane is an exceptional medication for treating cystic acne, with marked results seen. There are unfortunately side effects as well as monitoring to be performed, so it is best to check with your doctor to determine whether or not to start. ...Read more

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Is 80 mg Accutane too much?

Is 80 mg Accutane too much?

Accutane dose: 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. Therefore, the appropriate dose for YOU depends on your weight. ...Read more

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Food to eat when on accutane.

Food to eat when on accutane.

Fatty food: You should take the Accutane with fatty food to enhance absorption. You don't need any extra vitamin a. Otherwise a prudent healthy diet is fine. No special needs for accutane. Some patients have less dry lips by taking a vitamin e supplement. ...Read more

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Does Accutane affect vision?

Does Accutane affect vision?

Rarely: It can, but pretty unusual (about 1% of patients experience eye symptoms such as impaired vision, corneal opacities, dry eyes (which make contact lenses uncomfortable), and decreased night vision (among others). If it affects your vision, talk to your doctor about stopping it vs just dealing with the side effects. ...Read more

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How can Accutane be dangerous?

Mostly birth defects: The birth defect risk is quite real; you cannot get pregnant while taking it. But with all respect to previous answerer, other dangers have been overblown, and no cause-effect has ever been proven for many of them. That doesn't mean they never happen, but in 30+ years of prescribing it I have never seen any of them. I agree it should only be prescribed by a dermatologist well trained in its use. ...Read more

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Could i tan while on accutane?

Could i tan while on accutane?

Should not: Tanning is the worse thing one can do to the skin Accutane will make one more sensitive to tanning rays, . ...Read more

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How quickly does Accutane work?

Usually 3 weeks: You should see a response by 3 weeks after commencing therapy. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about accutane?

The facts: It's the definitive, and often only effective, rx for severe acne. You must not become pregnant while taking it. It is not pleasant. You'll be monitored closely during the process. Acne is a very serious personal and professional liability. The people i know who have done it are very glad afterwards. ...Read more

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Has anyone ever taken accutane?

Has anyone ever taken accutane?

Thousands: Accutane is the brand name for isotretinoin. This brand is no longer available. Only the generics are now used. This is by far the most effective remedy for acne. It must never be given to any pregnant woman. Blood tests are needed and there are always side effects, so it is used for those suffering severe, disabling acne. ...Read more

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I want accutane, how to get it?

Dangerous drug: You will need to consult with a physician knowledgeable in the diagnosis and treatment of the skin problems you are experiencing. When or if this is considered appropriate for your case, you will be required to sign off on the information describing its potential toxic effects. Once you have been informed /the prescription can be written.Continuation will require followup. ...Read more

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How can I be prescribed accutane?

Time for a visit: Accutane is considered more dangerous than many other medications because of a variety of unusual side effects in some recipients. I do not use it in my practice preferring to let the dermatologists determine those most appropriate for its use and monitoring their case for the potential side effects.Schedule a visit and expect to sign release forms that document your understanding of the risks. ...Read more

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How do I know if i need accutane?

How do I know if i need accutane?

Last resort : Accutane is a very powerful medication and should be used for stubborn acne (especially cystic) which has not responded to oral antibiotics or birth control pills. Possible side effects of Accutane include dry eyes, dry lips, headaches, bone pain, bone spurs, mood changes, liver problems, elevated cholesterol, hair loss, and possible increased risk of crohn's disease, an inflammatory bowel disease. ...Read more

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Can i double my dose of accutane?

Accutane: The patient should never increase or decrease the dose of their medicine without notifying their doctor and getting her or his permission. This is a hard and fast rule, and you had better follow it! talk to your doctor! ...Read more