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Alternatives To Accutane
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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
Accutane just for oil skin, can I use it? May be in low doses, did you recomend something alternative to Accutane for oil control?
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Is laser therapy for stretch marks something that would cause scaring while on Accutane 70mg? What are some alternatives while on the med?
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
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
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
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer