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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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Please tell me what are some alternatives to accutane?

Please tell me what are some alternatives to accutane?

Best choice: If you have severe acne, especially if it is cystic, Isotretinoin is really your own choice in most cases. The "pop" remedies just don't work. I'm going to assume that a physician has determined that you're not a candidate for combination of topical benzoyl peroxide and an antibiotic. This Rx isn't for sissies but the "alternative" is to end up disfigured and ultimately mutilated. ...Read more

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Accutane just for oil skin, can I use it? May be in low doses, did you recomend something alternative to Accutane for oil control?

Accutane just for oil skin, can I use it? May be in low doses, did you recomend something alternative to Accutane for oil control?

Topical vs oil: There are a variety of different retinoids with Accutane being the most potent. Other topical preparations such as retin a (tretinoin) or differen gel. This may be an option for treatment of a localized area. ...Read more

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What are some alternatives to Accutane. Psychiatrist thinks that it's worsening my Bipolar symptoms, but Dermatologist thinks otherwise. ?

What are some alternatives to Accutane. Psychiatrist thinks that it's worsening my Bipolar symptoms, but Dermatologist thinks otherwise. ?

Collaboration: Recommend requesting your dermatologist and your psychiatrist consult with each other to coordinate your care, if they haven't done so already. Between themselves they can hopefully come up with a solution that is mutually acceptable, and produces an outcome resulting in the most benefit with the least risk to your health. ...Read more

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Is there any alternative for isotetrinoin /accutane in nodular acne ?

Is there any alternative for isotetrinoin /accutane in nodular acne ?

Yes: Hello, Traditional texts speak of the failure and risk of topical methods for deeper cysts and nodules. However, new amplified approaches of topicals can predictably, and reproducibly inactivate nodular acne without accutane. A strategic approach requires a great patient/practitioner relationship. Cortisone injections during the treatment can minimize scarring from large individual lesions. ...Read more

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Accutane not working for me please help! are there any alternatives?

Accutane not working for me please help! are there any alternatives?

Get help from derm: Accutane is already the most powerful stuff. Let dermatologist tailor medicines for you. ...Read more

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Been on Accutane since march. I started on. 20mg and slowly it's been increase to 60mg. My acne is worse. What are other alternative? ( male 17)

Been on Accutane since march. I started on. 20mg and slowly it's been increase to 60mg. My acne is worse. What are other alternative?  ( male 17)

Talk With Doctor: There is no good alternative to accutane, however, there are a couple of possibilities of why his acne is getting worse. In some cases, a temporary worsening of acne as the Accutane starts working, it may only appear to be worsening, because of the erythema, dryness and peeling, or there may be other infections or irritations. See doc to evaluate. ...Read more

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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

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What vitamines can I take during accutane? Any would help? C? E? I know you can't take a, but the others? Thank you xx

The rest are okay: I'd urge you to get your vitamins from a balanced diet rather than a bottle. Avoid taking vitamin a itself; if your dermatologist isn't adverse to your taking a multivitamin with only a small amount of a, it would be okay. Your vitamin d can come from reasonable sun exposure. ...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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