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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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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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Should I take accutane?

Should I take accutane?

Depends: It's 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 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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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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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 should I correctly take accutane?

Consult with doctor: You'll need to see a doctor who prescribes Accutane and who uses the ipledge program (a government computer database designed to track proper use of the drug). You need to be evaluated and screened to see if you're a good candidate for accutane, informed of the side-effects, get appropriate labs, and then monitored while on the drug. Absolutely cannot get pregnant while on accutane. ...Read more

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Do you think I should go on accutane?

Do you think I should go on accutane?

Accutane: Extremely effective medicine for acne but many potential and serious side effects. Discuss with your doctor whether benefits exceed potential risks and side effects. ...Read more

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Is it easier to tan while you are on accutane?

No: Accutane causes sunburn and you will be instructed to wear sunblock. Tanning can cause skin cancer. If you think you must look tan use the spray tanning since they are safer. ...Read more

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Can the benefits of Accutane outweigh the risks?

Accutane: Accutane is a great drug but needs to be monitored carefully when administered. Whether the benefits outweigh the risks must be evaluated in each patient individual circumstance. ...Read more

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Are there any harmful effects from using accutane?

Can be: The list of side effects are long, but most are temporary. Simply google side effects and will get pages. Very strong medication should discuss side effects with your pmd. ...Read more

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What are your thoughts on Accutane and its health risk?

Accutane: Accutane is a very good drug when used appropriately. The biggest concern is that it causes severe fetal damage if women were to use it and get pregnant. It has a number of side effects, mostly on muscle and skin, but these are usually not severe. Nothing helps severe acne as much as accutane. ...Read more

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Is it safe to use accutane?

Is it safe to use accutane?

Define "safe": The medication wouldn't be allowed on the market unless it passed through the vigorous FDA approval and product surveillance process. Its ability to be a winder drug for some who suffer otherwise is well known, but its potential for serious side effects is also present. Selective use and continuous monitoring for side effects is needed in this drug more than many others. ...Read more

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Can Accutane affect kidney?

Can Accutane affect kidney?

Rarely: There are case reports of glomerulonephritis occurring in Isotretinoin patients at a very rare level (one case in 38, 667 reported to fda). There are also reports of Isotretinoin curing glomerulonephritis in lab animals, so if the medication is helping your acne, be sure to monitor body systems carefully through the prescribing physician. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take accutane?

Is it safe to take accutane?

Medical Supervision: After a thorough consultation to determine that you are an appropriate candidate for accutane, laboratory studies are conducted to exclude any underlying contraindications. Then, the medication may be safely administered. Monthly monitoring with clinical and laboratory evaluations are required. ...Read more

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Does accutane cause chalazions?

Does accutane cause chalazions?

No: There is no relationship between the administration of Acutane and the formation of chalazia. ...Read more

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Does accutane increase anxiety?

Nervousness can: Occur with Accutane but depression is the main cause for concern. ...Read more

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What is Accutane & is it safe?

Retinoic acid: It is oral retinoic acid and it has possible side effects. Talk to dermatologist about possible side effects. It helps severe acne but can have teratogenic effects which is why females have to be on birth control. Also, significant dryness ...Read more

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Does Accutane affect cholesterol?

Does Accutane affect cholesterol?

Sometimes: Patients who are on Accutane may notice an increase in their cholesterol and triglyceride levels during their Accutane treatment. It is more common in those with a personal or family history. Fortunately, this usually resolves when one finishes the Accutane course. Simple things like dietary changes (high fiber diet, low fat) and reducing the Accutane dose is effective in lowering the levels. ...Read more

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Why is Accutane so bad for babies?

Why is Accutane so bad for babies?

Birth defects: There have been serious birth defects because the mother took this med while pregnant. There is no problem if the father took it. After she stops the med the woman is no longer at risk. High doses of vitamin a have the same risk. This occurs from pills but not from food. ...Read more

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What to take low dose Accutane for?

What to take low dose Accutane for?

Accutane indications: Check out the link below for non-acne indications for Accutane!

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15943494 ...Read more

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Does Accutane cause Crohn's disease?

Does Accutane cause Crohn's disease?

Inconclusive: There are studies showing no link and other studies showing a potentially causal relationship. Since there is a potential risk, this is something that needs to be discussed with your doctor and consider benefits vs. Risks before starting this drug. If you decide to take this drug, any GI or bowel side-effects need to be reported immediately to your doctor. ...Read more

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Can I go on a diet while on accutane?

Can I go on a diet while on accutane?

By all means: This would be a great idea. Your acne is probably going to be just a bad memory soon. Your appearance will be far better than before. Why not couple the diet with a commitment to start intensive exercising like in your team-sports days? You'd be giving yourself a wonderful trio of gifts. ...Read more

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Does smoking tabacco effect accutane?

Does smoking tabacco effect accutane?

No: The acne that has been such a problem for you will soon be just a bad memory. Congratulations. Wouldn't this be a great time to give yourself another wonderful gift -- becoming tobacco free? If not for your own sake, for the sake of those who love you. Think about it, and make the right choice. ...Read more

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