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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 took Accutane twice for six months each when i was fifteen and sixteen, i'm 19 now. I am shorter than my predicted height, did it stunt my growth?

I took Accutane twice for six months each when i was fifteen and sixteen, i'm 19 now. I am shorter than my predicted height, did it stunt my growth?

Unlikely: Accutane is an oral form of vitamin a. The worst side effect for a pregnant female is defects in the development of the fetus. Other side effects can include night vision compromise, dry mucosa/skin, sunburn, nausea/diarrhea, headache, depression, fatigue, triglyceride elevation, aching joints. There is no reliable study that links compromised bone growth/height deficits to taking accutane. ...Read more

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I took accutane for 9 months. how long does it stay in your body afterwards? 6-12 months for a 6 month course? what about 9 months, is it 1.5 years?

I took accutane for 9 months. how long does it stay in your body afterwards? 6-12 months for a 6 month course? what about 9 months, is it 1.5 years?

Confused: A standard course of this is 5 [FIVE} months. Where are you? The concern is for females giving birth to deformed infants while on this, not after. After a week, the side effects are gone. After a month it is safe to be pregnant. Males taking this have no increased risk of abnormal children. Were you not instructed in the details by whoever gave you the medicine? ...Read more

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If i took Accutane how much should I wait before I do laser again? And after taking it laser would be useful this time?

Waiting period: Accutane can stay in the system for at least 1-3 months after discontinuance. It would be best to wait to do any laser tx until the drug has been eliminated from one's system. ...Read more

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I took Accutane before my blood test, was this wrong to do?

I took Accutane before my blood test, was this wrong to do?

What tests?: If the tests were for hormone or vitamin levels, then taking Accutane may affect the results. Most of the routine blood tests are not likely to be affected. ...Read more

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I took Accutane for 4 days then conceived after 2 days. Is the fetus safe?

I took Accutane for 4 days then conceived after 2 days. Is the fetus safe?

Not sure: Accutane can cause congenital anomalies(birth defects) and secure contraception is required when using that medication. Talk with your ob-gyn about the best course of action for this circumstance. ...Read more

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When I was younger I took Accutane now my facial hair has bald patches is this due to accutane?

When I was younger I took Accutane now my facial hair has bald patches is this due to accutane?

Bald from acne scars: As just stated in a separate response, i wonder if the scarring from acne, the indication for Accutane (to prevent new scarring acne lesions from occurring) caused the hair loss not the accutane. ...Read more

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