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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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Is it possible that Accutane affects other receptors and their functions in the same family? I. E vdr, ppar, thyroid receptor and such.

Is it possible that Accutane affects other receptors and their functions in the same family? I. E vdr, ppar, thyroid receptor and such.

Actually it does: Http://www. Ncbi. Nlm. Nih. Gov/pubmed/21103844 it's ;probably a good thing and it's raelly mild. I haven't heard of anything involving the thyroxine receptors. And this would surprise me greatly as the Accutane and thyroxine molecules are about as different as can be. ...Read more

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Hello. I have dry eyes and taking restasis for that and I had big dose of rai in may for thyroid cancer can I take Accutane to treat acne.

Hello. I have dry eyes and taking restasis for that and I had big dose of rai in may for thyroid cancer can I take Accutane to treat acne.

Dry eyes ; accutane: Accutane is very, very drying. If you already have severe dry eyes, you should see your eye doctor and discuss the risks of making your eyes even dryer. Your doctor may be able to help increase your eye's lubrication with the placement of punctal plugs. But the key next step is to see your eye doctor. ...Read more

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I have dry eyes and take restasis for that and I had a big dose of rai for thyroid cancer can I take Accutane to treat acne since it cause dry eyes to?

I have dry eyes and take restasis for that and I had a big dose of rai for thyroid cancer can I take Accutane to treat acne since it cause dry eyes to?

Small risk: Accutane can cause conjunctival irritation and secondarily eye dryness. If your eyes are dry to begin with and you add the dryness of accutane, then your dryness can increase. At your age I would have expected acne to be attenuated but you certainly can try Accutane with an understanding of the risks. ...Read more

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I have bad neck and back pain but I'm on Accutane. Is it worth it for me to see an orthopedic doctor or will they just suggest stopping Accutane?

I have bad neck and back pain but I'm on Accutane. Is it worth it for me to see an orthopedic doctor or will they just suggest stopping Accutane?

Worth it: In my opinion, it would be worth it. They can examine you for other potential causes of your back and neck pain and give an opinion whether or not they feel your pain is musculoskeletal. ...Read more

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Can a thyroid problem be caused by acutane?

Can a thyroid problem be caused by acutane?

Rarely: Doing a search on the medical literature, it seems that problems with thyroid function are rare, but can occur. The severity and frequency of these problems is not clear. If you suspect a problem, contact your primary doctor, as some routine lab work can diagnose hypo or hyperthyroidism. The good news is that most of the reported problems with Accutane seem reversible. Best wishes! ...Read more

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After taking Accutane what will be the other symptom of excess androgens in females if Accutane stops the sebum without reducing DHT levels?

Menstrual change: , if you have pcos you may miss many menst. Periods, lose scalp hair, grow hair in the wrong places, and get more acne. If you do not have a tumor, your dr. May give you spironolactone or a birth control pill: some are better than others. Often both are used. ...Read more

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Taken Accutane, got weak erections and no morning erection, recently classed with slightly anemic and low ferritin levels?

Look for cause: I am more concerned about your low serum ferritin. If you are not on an iron-poor (vegetarian / junk food) diet, or having enormously heavy periods, we need to find the cause, which is loss of blood into the gut or elsewhere. "slightly anemic" is like "a little bit pregnant" -- in someone who's 18, you deserve to have the real cause found by a diligent physician. Good luck. ...Read more

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Could an elevation in one's TSH level be indicative of hyper/hypo thyroidism?

Could an elevation in one's TSH level be indicative of hyper/hypo thyroidism?

Hypothyroidism: When the thyroid makes too little hormone (t4 and t3), the pituitary makes more TSH to try to compensate. So an elevated TSH is indicative of a thyroid that has failed or is failing, and you may need to take levothyroxine. See your doctor. ...Read more

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I have acne on my upper back and neck. I suffered when I was a teenager but took acutane and it went away. I am 32 years old and it's back. Help!

I have acne on my upper back and neck. I suffered when I was a teenager but took acutane and it went away. I am 32 years old and it's back. Help!

It will work again: Acne is a chronic, non-lifestyle-related disease that will eventually remit. I was able to stop taking medication when I was fifty. Until then, you'll be going back on whatever meds work. Your physician may try a systemic antibiotic such as tetracycline 500 2x/day, and (heads up) spironolactone is a little-known often-helpful remedy for grown-ups. ...Read more

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I stopped taking Accutane 9/4, had a blood test on 9/13 to check levels. It will take 2-8 days from today to get results and I ovulate within 2-4days. Is it safe to conceive after being off 2+ weeks?

I stopped taking Accutane 9/4, had a blood test on 9/13 to check levels. It will take 2-8 days from today to get results and I ovulate within 2-4days. Is it safe to conceive after being off 2+ weeks?

No!: You should wait at least 6 months off Accutane before considering getting pregnant. It stays in your system for at least 3 months. Please follow up with your doctor for further discussion. ...Read more

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Where do I go to get my blood checked for Accutane levels? I asked 1 ob/gyn and she said she didn't do that.

Dermatologist: I'm assuming that maybe you received this prescription from a dermatologist? Whomever prescribed the drug, should be the one to monitor it. As an ob/gyn, I've never checked Accutane levels either. Check with your doctor, should be straightforward. Good luck! ...Read more

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Accutane caused me to have low white blood cells and higher lipid levels in my blood and I was just wondering why and how this happens?

Accutane caused me to have low white blood cells and higher lipid levels in my blood and I was just wondering why and how this happens?

Effects bone marrow: Accutane has a long list of side effects, some potentially serious, involving many organ systems, which is why close monitoring by qualified physicians is mandatory for its use. Listed side effects are all within the spectrum of these adverse reactions, due to suppression of bone marrow. The good news is that most of these changes are temporary and return to normal after drug discontinuation. ...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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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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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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How effectively does Accutane work?

How effectively does Accutane work?

Very well: Accutane works great, however, you must use a secure contraceptive to prevent unintended pregnancy as the drug is known to cause birth defects.Talk to a dermatologist to examine all the risks and complications of Accutane use. ...Read more

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Why is Accutane so dangerous to use?

Very potent med with: Numerous potentially severe side effects: known to cause birth defects; can cause loss of bone mass, inflammatory bowel, liver damage, pancreatitis, psychosis, severe allergic reactions, hearing impairment, cataracts, inflamed optic nerve, & many others. Should be administered only by dermatologist well trained in its use & dangers. ...Read more

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Does Accutane have any effect on harmons?

No it doesn't: Accutane is a synthetic vitamin a pill and is the best acne treatment available but it does not affect hormones. ...Read more

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I'm on accutane. Which food must I avoid?

Foods w accurate: Avoid high fat and high sugar foods as this can affect your cholesterol especially your triglycerides. ...Read more

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Is it ok to take ensure while on accutane?

Sure: Now that your acne will soon be just an unpleasant memory, it would be great to hit the fitness circuit well. These "fitness drinks" are a convenient way of getting good nutrition, and you might do yourself an even greater favor by acquiring the best possible eating and fitness habits overall. Congratulations on your new life. ...Read more

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The chance of Accutane stunting your growth?

Accutane & Growth: Growth arrest has been reported. However, it's very rare. There just isn't enough data to make firm recommendations about x-ray monitoring. I can tell you that it isn't standard practice to obtain such x-rays. As to how reliably predictive they are of side-effects is questionable. ...Read more

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How many months should someone take accutane?

How many months should someone take accutane?

Accutane: 50% of people are cured of acne with one course of 20 weeks at a dose of 1 mg/kg and most of the rest of the people are cured with a second course of 20 weeks at a dose of 2mg/kg. Weekly blood test monitoring is important, particularly at the higher doses. By weekly blood tests you can discover any adverse effect of the medication before any harm can occur to you. ...Read more

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Is it okay to take ibprofene while taking accutane?

Probaly yes: Brufen is ok to take with accutane
avoid vit a containg meds
doxycycline and antibiotics should not be mix with accutane. Check with your md before taking any of thes type of medicine. ...Read more

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What is the cheapest placeto buy Accutane from? Online?

Accutane: Accutane is a brand name for Isotretinoin which is a molecule similar to retin a. This brand is no longer made but the generics are quite as good. Because of fear of birth defects and other risks, this med is controlled even tighter than narcotics. Only a few drs are licensed to prescribe it. The patient must be seen every month and must register every month. Not available on line. ...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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What is Accutane & is it safe?

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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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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What are the side effects of accutane?

What are the side effects of accutane?

Accutane: Common ones are anemia, dry eyes, conjunctivitis, increase liver enzymes, dry inflamed skin, rash, muscle/joint/back pains, increase cholesterol & sugar. Rare ones are diabetes, mood changes, anxiety, seizures, psychosis, asthma, cataracts, kidney or intestine infections or arthritis. ...Read more

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Accutane 30mg. What are the side effects?

Many: Http://www. Webmd. Com/drugs/drug-6661-accutane+oral. Aspx? Drugid=6661&drugname=accutane+oral&pagenumber=6.

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Isn't it risky for a patient using Accutane?

Isn't it risky for a patient using Accutane?

Side effects: Like all medications Accutane has potential side effects including drying out the mucous membranes, drying out the skin and has potential teratogenic effects which is why females need to be on 2 modes of birth control (for example OCP and use condoms) ...Read more

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Thyroid (Definition)

The thyroid is an endocrine gland that sits in the lower part of the neck. It produces thyroid hormone - which ...Read more