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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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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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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