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Does Accutane cause depression?

Does Accutane cause depression?

Possibly: This is a potential risk so needs to be carefully considered and discussed with your doctor before starting this drug. Patients with history of depression are not a candidate for this drug. If you decide to go on this drug you need to report to your doctor immediately if you develop any symptoms of depression or mood change or thoughts of suicide. ...Read more

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Dr. Pamela Pappas
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Depression (Definition)

Depression is a mood disorder that can affect behavior and emotions. Symptoms of depression include feeling down most of the time, losing interest in previously enjoyable activities, increase or decrease in appetite or weight, sleeping more or less, becoming easily agitated or lethargic, feeling worthless, feeling guilty, having difficulty concentrating, thinking more about death and dying. Depression can sometimes result in suicidal thoughts and plans. In this case, emergent ...Read more


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Monocycline and doxycycline have caused depression. Should i risk Accutane (isotretinoin)? What are my other options?

Monocycline and doxycycline have caused depression. Should i risk Accutane (isotretinoin)? What are my other options?

Accutane: Accutane has been associated with risk of severe depression, including suicidal ideation. You need to discuss this frankly with your physician, and have care plans in place for any eventuality. Your physician can work with you also to develop other options instead. ...Read more

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Is there a higher risk of depression when taking Accutane for those with a history of depression?

Is there a higher risk of depression when taking Accutane for those with a history of depression?

Maybe: The literature varies. Some point to no association, others to a idiosyncratic one... I.E. Hard to predict who would have such a response. However the majority of articles appeared to support some incidence of depression, mania and psychosis, such that treatment of patients with a psychiatric disorder, especially bipolar disorder, appears to pose a higher risk for exacerbation of symptoms. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take Accutane if you have depression/bipolar?

Is it safe to take Accutane if you have depression/bipolar?

Yes: Yes but you should be alert to any potential worsening of the depression and be under treatment by a psychiatrist. ...Read more

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Is it okay to start taking Accutane with a history of generalized anxiety disorder and mild depression?

Is it okay to start taking Accutane with a history of generalized anxiety disorder and mild depression?

An answer: In my personal experiance as a psychiatrist, i would tell you to get a second opinion from your dermatologist about acne meds. For me, i think the risk of worsening of psych sx on Accutane is greater than the anxiety and depression my patients have from the acne itself. This is just my opinion. You should get some other opinions from other psychiatrists too. ...Read more

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My girl is on accutane(20mg twice a day) for past one n a half month n she's experiencing dry stools, painful defecation, depression and crying spells?

My girl is on accutane(20mg twice a day) for past one n a half month n she's experiencing dry stools, painful defecation, depression and crying spells?

Bad side effects: Depression can be one of the serious side effects of the Accutane. Please call the dermatologist who prescribed it to her and report the problem. He probably will take her off the medicine and give her a different treatment regimen. Meanwhile, I would stop taking it until you get his advice. ...Read more

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I've been on 30mg Accutane for 4 months im still breaking out and my face is red and my red marks are severe im so depressed is this normal?

I've been on 30mg Accutane for 4 months im still breaking out and my face is red and my red marks are severe im so depressed is this normal?

You have options: Your dermatologist may add any of a variety of other meds -- ask about topical clindamycin, systemic spironolactone, the oral contraceptive pill, a host of others. We can clear you. Just be assertive. ...Read more

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I'm a sixteen year old girl, and i have had acne since i was thirteen. It is making me depressed and I'm too scared to go on accutane, any advice?

I'm a sixteen year old girl, and i have had acne since i was thirteen. It is making me depressed and I'm too scared to go on accutane, any advice?

Acne Treatment: Please ask your parents to take you to a dermatologist so that you can learn all of your treatment options for your acne. Take care. ...Read more

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Im gonna be in a wedding in october with this girl but I have a red depressed acne scar, im on accutane, nopimples but pink cheeksfromscar. What i do?

Im gonna be in a wedding in october with this girl but I have a red depressed acne scar, im on accutane, nopimples but pink cheeksfromscar. What i do?

Covering red scars: You should consider getting a green stick from your cosmetic section in any drug store and recruit a female friend who can help you with make-up to cover the red spot and match the surrounding skin. ...Read more

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I have tried acutane and became very depressed trying to treat cystic acne. Do you have any other suggestions?

I have tried acutane and became very depressed trying to treat cystic acne. Do you have any other suggestions?

Try PDT: Pdt is photodynamic therapy - a blue light based treatment that helps moderate acne. The treatments are intense, but they help alot. ...Read more

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What can cause depression?

What can cause depression?

A mix: Psychiatric illnesses occur when a combination of risk factors collide. The most common factors include your genes, your family upbringing and culture, and your thoughts. ...Read more

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Does being lazy causes depression?

Does being lazy causes depression?

No: Usually "laziness" is a result of depression, not cause of it. Exercise is an important activity in dealing with depression, along with diet, medication, and help from your doctor. ...Read more

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Does being bored cause depression?

Does being bored cause depression?

No: It's helpful if you're bored to take a bread-do something fun, take a walk or maybe read a good book. ...Read more

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What is depression, cause and cure?

What is depression, cause and cure?

Types of Depression: There are several types of depression. Reactive depression occurs as a result of loss and eventually we adjust. If one does not adjust or if the cause is not clear certainly seek professional help. "feeling good" by david burns is an excellent self-help book based on science. Don't let the thickness of it intimidate you. Take it bit by bit. Chemical depression-neuroscience lab tests-urine. ...Read more

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Could depression cause physical pain?

Could depression cause physical pain?

Yes, depression: Can some times go hand in hand with physical pain. ...Read more

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Health deterioration causes depression?

Health deterioration causes depression?

It certainly can!: No one wants to be less than healthy. Add to that the genetic component to major depressive disorder, and the likelyhood of depression rises. ...Read more

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What causes depression in young people?

What causes depression in young people?

Sadness/depression: Just as with adults, the cause of depression is not fully understood in adolescents. There are biochemical theories hypothesizing about seretonin, norepinephrine and Dopamine and psychosocial theories that environmental facotors cause depression. Some suggest that diet and sedentary lifestyle are causes of adolescent depression. Hereditaey or genetic causes also continue to examined. ...Read more

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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