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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

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Have a drug test in 4 days for work so I want to know if it's safe to drink detox while taking accutane?

Have a drug test in 4 days for work so I want to know if it's safe to drink detox while taking accutane?

Not sure: I'm not sure what you mean by asking about drinking detox, but prescribed Accutane will not give you any problems on a drug test. ...Read more

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I've been on Accutane for six months. I had blood work done for the first three months, but Dr. Said I don't need another blood test. I'm worried.

I've been on Accutane for six months. I had blood work done for the first three months, but Dr. Said I don't need another blood test. I'm worried.

Accurate??: Accurate is indicated for people who have severe cystic pitting acne. It has been shown to sometimes cause very serious birth defects. Make sure you don't get pregnant while you are taking it and for some time after you off of it, probably at least 1 year. ...Read more

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II have smoked marijuana 3 times while on accutane. I started my 2nd month of accutane (60mg) today. Will the weed affect the way the accutane works?

II have smoked marijuana 3 times while on accutane. I started my 2nd month of accutane (60mg) today. Will the weed affect the way the accutane works?

No interaction but..: Marijuana can interact with many medicines, though most of the interactions are mild consisting of "may increase side effects such as drowsiness and dizziness."
There is no known interaction with accutane and it will not affect how it works.
HOWEVER, I consider accutane a dangerous drug that should be avoided if possible. There are safer alternatives. See http://tinyurl. Com/ha76qds ...Read more

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Will Accutane 10mg daily work for mild acne?

Will Accutane 10mg daily work for mild acne?

Better options: It's unwise to self-medicate with isotretinoin / accutane. There are precautions, even if pregnancy is not a possibility, and it's unpleasant. I see you're a male. Topical benzoyl peroxide as tolerated will probably be less unpleasant overall and if this does not clear you, adding a short course of a systemic antibiotic such as tetracycline probably will. Manage it till it self-cures with age. ...Read more

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Does retin-a work differently from accutane?

Does retin-a work differently from accutane?

Yes: Retina is a topical which unclogs blackheads amd whiteheads.Accutane is an internal drug which works on shrinking the overactive oil glands. ...Read more

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Will aquaphor work on chapped lips due accutane?

Will aquaphor work on chapped lips due accutane?

Yes: Yes also look for dr. Dan's which is chapstick with a mild Hydrocortisone in it, and is otc, try vitamin E 1000 iu once/twice day. ...Read more

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Does Accutane work well for when you have just a little acne?

Does Accutane work well for when you have just a little acne?

Bad idea: Accutane is not for the faint-hearted, and the side-effects and risks are more than someone wants if the acne is manageable by something simpler, such as topical benzoyl peroxide plus a systemic or topical antibiotic. ...Read more

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What to do if I have mild acne will using Accutane work for me?

What to do if I have mild acne will using Accutane work for me?

Too strong: It's pricey, unpleasant, and a bit risky. Mild acne that's confined to the face will usually clear with a mix of topical benzoyl peroxide and topical Clindamycin or something similar. ...Read more

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How does Accutane (isotretinoin) work to treat acne?

How does Accutane (isotretinoin) work to treat acne?

Accutane and acne: Accutane is basically a very strong and potent form of vitamin a. It reduces oil production by the sebum glands in the skin. The pores do not get clogged up with sticky sebum and dead skin cells and a pimple cannot form. It works well but it is a hard drug to take because of side effects. It can also cause birth defects if taken when a woman is pregnant. It's used when other txs have failed. ...Read more

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My son just started taking Accutane for acne. Is it safe? Will it work? Tried other things nothing worked.

My son just started taking Accutane for acne. Is it safe? Will it work? Tried other things nothing worked.

This: This response is coming from a psychiatrist. Why is a psychiatrist answering your question? Because you asked about the safety of Accutane and there can sometimes be psychiatric side effects. I will leave it to one of the dermatologists to address the non-behavioral health aspects of this medication. I normally don’t recommend that any of my patients who have suffered from a major depression, take accutane. If a patient with a history of depression takes Accutane they should be monitored for any worsening of symptoms. There have been some incidences of depression, suicide thoughts and attempts, aggression, mood swings, personality changes, paranoia and loss of touch of reality while on accutane. There have also been some completed suicides on accutane. For this reason, the dermatologist will usually inquire at each visit if you son has any possible symptoms of depression to include: feeling sad or angry, feeling powerless or hopeless, withdrawing from friends, problems with sleep or appetite or suicidal thoughts. What medication is the best choice is made individually with the patient, the parent and the doctor. Good luck. ...Read more

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Finished Accutane 3 weeks ago. Going south usa. How can I stop the sun making acne Scats worse. Won't sunscreen cause acne? And does 4% glyco acid work

Finished Accutane 3 weeks ago. Going south usa. How can I stop the sun making acne Scats worse. Won't sunscreen cause acne? And does 4% glyco acid work

No and yes: First you are very sensitive to UV exposure now and should be using a daily physical block your doctor should be able to recommend one. They are non comedogenic so a quality produce will not cause acne.
Second a 4% glycolic wash would be a nice daily or every few days wash and exfoliator but again speak to your doctor you are also very sensitive to peels and acids for at least the next 6 months ...Read more

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I have been. Suffering. With acne for almost 12 years. I'm 24 now. When will it end? Been on antibiotic, does NT work. I cant take accutane.

I have been. Suffering. With acne for almost 12 years. I'm 24 now. When will it end? Been on antibiotic, does NT work. I cant take accutane.

Can last until 50s: Sorry to inform you...but it does lessen with time. Watch your diet and try Zeno or other zit zapping devices, helped me a lot... ...Read more

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Fordyce spots on lip by taking Accutane 40mg and they ae getting worse. I've tried everything but nothing work?

Fordyce spots on lip: Fordyce spots on the lip are a normal anatomic finding. I would advise against treatment. However, if you desire cosmetic removal ablative co2 laser or electrodesiccation would help. ...Read more

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Worried Accutane won't work for me. 5 new pimples over the last week. Now on last week for mo 3. Skin was clearing during first 2 mos. 30>40>40 mg

Worried Accutane won't work for me. 5 new pimples over the last week. Now on last week for mo 3. Skin was clearing during first 2 mos. 30>40>40 mg

Keep going: You neglected to give your weight and you do not mention details of type of acne, other meds, menstrual periods, birth control. You may need 80mg but how, much do you weigh? Typical person on Accutane clears in 4 or 5 months. You are only 3 months into it. Talk to the Dr who prescribed it!! ...Read more

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I have had blackheads covering my nose for past 10 years. Did all the acne meds. Including accutane. Still have blackheads. What works? Hot compress?

I have had blackheads covering my nose for past 10 years. Did all the acne meds. Including accutane. Still have blackheads. What works? Hot compress?

Blackheads?: Blackheads are the oxidized oil which is at the surface of your skin. You are not going to get rid of it. Depending on your genetic inheritance you will have a certain density of oil secreting glands on your skin. You can see a cosmetic dermatologist who might give you some good advice on what you can use on your skin to help. Accutane is for severe cystic acne only not blackheads. ...Read more