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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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How quickly does Accutane work?

Usually 3 weeks: You should see a response by 3 weeks after commencing therapy. ...Read more

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How quickly does Accutane start to work?

Fast: Usually see improvement start in the first month. Most patients are vastly improved at the end of the 3rd month, if not completely clear. ...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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When does Accutane usually start to work?

When does Accutane usually start to work?

Within 3 months: Acne can flare the first few months on isotretinoin. Most patients start to improve by 12 weeks. There are always a few patients who require more time to improve. ...Read more

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Will my Accutane pills work faster if I up the dosage?

This is one med: That should only be taken exactly as directed. Please don't take it upon yourself to make changes with Accutane (unless directed by your dermatologist). ...Read more

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Should I go on a second dose of Accutane if my first one didn't work?

See dermatologist: Some people need a second treatment with Accutane, usually of shorter duration. Blood work also needs to be done periodically in order to be sure there are no significant side effects. You should consult a dermatologist for more advise. ...Read more

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I've been on Accutane now for 2 months and have seen minimal improvement. When will this medication actually work?

I've been on Accutane now for 2 months and have seen minimal improvement. When will this medication actually work?

Most within 12 weeks: Acne can flare the first few months on isotretinoin. Most patients start to see improvement within 12 weeks. However, there are always a few patients who require a longer amount of time to see improvement. Your dermatologist will be adjusting your dose as the months progress. ...Read more

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Does Accutane really work and keep your face clear?

Does Accutane really work and keep your face clear?

Yes: It is extremely effective. However, it is not pleasant to take and there are hazards. You must not become pregnant. Especially if you're a young lady, you probably want to exhaust all other acne remedies before trying this. ...Read more

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Can u take creatine while in accutane? I m currently on accutane since the past week. I work out daily and would like to know if creatine can be taken

Can u take creatine while in accutane? I m currently on accutane since the past week. I work out daily and would like to know if creatine can be taken

Yes: No drug interactions listed for those two. I understand the purpose of taking Accutane for severe cystic acne but for what purpose are you taking creatine?? Are you trying to very accurately measure your kidney function in a laboratory experiment? ...Read more

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How well does Accutane work for acne?

How well does Accutane work for acne?

Well: However, it is unpleasant, and you must be sure not to become pregnant. Your skin will be dry, irritated, and may itch or burn. For severe acne, this is part of the informed consent you will give. After your course of treatment, you should be clear for at least several months. Most folks think it is worth it. Good luck. ...Read more

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Do you think I should take Accutane over the summer, and how do the blood tests work?

Do you think I should take Accutane over the summer, and how do the blood tests work?

Probably not: Accutane make you very sensitive to the sun and you can sunburn very easily (anytiime but that makes summer really bad). The blood tests do not help the Accutane work any better it just helps moniter the effects of the drug or if you are female ensures you are not pregnant. ...Read more

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Are there any acne medications that work as effectively as accutane?

Are there any acne medications that work as effectively as accutane?

No: A variant on the molecule supposedly with fewer side effects / better safety profile was under development a few years ago but was abandoned. For deep cystic acne, Isotretinoin remains by far the best choice, though antibiotics and topical retinoic acid preparations work well for milder cases. ...Read more