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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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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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Thyroid (Definition)

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