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Dr. Kristi Woods
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Isotretinoin (Definition)

More commonly known as accutane, Isotretinoin is an oral medication that is incredibly effective for severe acne. It is especially useful to bring a halt to acne that is causing scarring. Isotretinoin has a variety of side effects including birth defects, liver damage, and problems with cholesterol, and careful monitoring ...Read more


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Is isotretinoin (accutane) safe to take?

Is isotretinoin (accutane) safe to take?

Side effects: After december 31, 2005, only patients enrolled in the ipledge program may obtain and use isotretinoin. You will need to register with ipledge and view a video at your doctor's office before receiving your prescription. Only physicians enrolled in ipledge may prescribe isotretinoin, and only pharmacies enrolled in the program may dispense it. ...Read more

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Help please! is Accutane (isotretinoin) safe?

Depends: If you are a woman trying to conceive then absolutely not. Otherwise, it does have a significant number of potential adverse effects which need to be monitored. There are other, safer acne medicines but they may not be effective for you. It is not a medicine I use first line, but if the acne has not responded well to anything else, you have to weigh the risk vs. Benefit. ...Read more

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Is isotretinoin (accutane) as bad as they say? Why?

'Bad' can mean good: This is a rough medication. You'll experience some real discomfort. You can't go out and get drunk, and you'll have to promise not to get pregnant. It will also clear you acne -- and if it's severe enough to require isotretinoin, it's severe enough to keep you from getting the job you want. It's not for the faint-hearted. But if you're offered it, consider taking it. It's your choice. ...Read more

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How long does it take for accutane/isotretinoin to begin clearing up your skin?

How long does it take for accutane/isotretinoin to begin clearing up your skin?

Months : The usual course of treatment is 4-5 months and in many cases , improvement can take the full 16-20 weeks to be realized. Some patients do see improvement as early as one month into treatment (but not complete). ...Read more

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After stopping isotretinoin-accutane , how long with it take for the effects go?

Not long: The dry skin side effects resolve as the skin continues to heal. Use oil free moisturizers. Other disturbances go away once the drug is out of your system. If you are pregnant birth defects will ensue. Wait up to 6 months before having unprotected sex if you are thinking about getting pregnant. ...Read more

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I am going to start taking isotretinoin (accutane) and need advice about effects?

I am going to start taking isotretinoin (accutane) and need advice about effects?

Several: Your dermatologist should be able to cover this for you. Dryness of your face and mucous membranes are pretty much a guarantee. Always wear sunscreen to protect as you will be very ensitive to the sun. Your triglycerides and sometimes liver function tests can increase, but this will be followed by your doctor. Pregnancy prevention is a must. Others are possible but not enough room to cover all. ...Read more

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How much time did it take for accutane/isotretinoin to begin clearing up your skin?

Month or two: Most patients will start to improve within a month or two of starting isotretinoin. Occasionally acne worsens before it gets better. Hang in there, and see your dermatologist once a month for monitoring, dosage adjustments, and possibly adding other meds to help you clear up faster. ...Read more

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Can you say if it could isotretinoin ( a.K.A Accutane among other generic names ) stunt my growth?

Unknown: Isotretinoin has been observed to change bone density in clinical trials. Premature epiphyseal (growth plate) closure has also been reported. Its overall long term effect on the skeleton is not known. ...Read more

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