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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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I am confused. Articles say Accutane is out of your system after one month but some articles also say Accutane is like vitamin a so it stores in your body up to 6 months. Whats is correct?

I am confused. Articles say Accutane is out of  your system after one month but some articles also say Accutane is like vitamin a so it stores in your body up to 6 months. Whats is correct?

The former: Isotretinoin (iso) has a half life of 20 hrs at most. After discontinuation, it is eliminated completely after a month. There are analogies to fat soluble vitamin a and metabolites of iso that saturate fatty tissues that might be confusing. The nih suggests it is gone by a month. See ...Read more

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I am female 5'4 and 10 stone, I have been prescribed 20mg of Accutane a day for six moths to get rid of my moderate acne. Is this the correct dose?

I am female 5'4 and 10 stone, I have been prescribed 20mg of Accutane a day for six moths to get rid of my moderate acne. Is this the correct dose?

Yes: 20 mg per day is the correct dose for moderate acne. You must be on effective contraception while taking Accutane because the risk of fetal deformity in the event you fall pregnant is very high. If you are not on contraception see your GP at once. Thanks for trusting HealthTap! ...Read more

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Any other treatment for correcting irregular menses (late) plus acne other than bc pills. Dont tellme Accutane as its only for acne not for menses?

Any other treatment for correcting irregular menses (late) plus acne other than bc pills. Dont tellme Accutane as its only for acne not for menses?

Spironolactone: Some women produce more androgen hormones than needed. Anti-androgens like spironolactone block androgen receptors in the body, preventing cells from absorbing androgen hormones. Simply, spironolactone limits hormonal fluctuations that can contribute to acne breakouts. Hormones, specifically androgens, have been linked to the development of acne. ...Read more

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How should I correctly take accutane?

Consult with doctor: You'll need to see a doctor who prescribes Accutane and who uses the ipledge program (a government computer database designed to track proper use of the drug). You need to be evaluated and screened to see if you're a good candidate for accutane, informed of the side-effects, get appropriate labs, and then monitored while on the drug. Absolutely cannot get pregnant while on accutane. ...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