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Is Accutane a dangerous drug? I heard it was used to treat acne.

Is Accutane a dangerous drug? I heard it was used to treat acne.

See below: Accutane (isotretinoin) is a drug used to treat severe acne & acne resistant to other acne treatments. It is a generally safe medication, although is known for causing birth defects when taken during pregnancy & sometimes raising triglyceride cholesterol levels. For this reason, Accutane must be taken under close doctor supervision. The most common side effect is dry skin while on the medication. ...Read more

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Acne (Definition)

A very common skin condition that starts as a blockage of the sebaceous glands followed by inflammation. It occurs in areas where there are lots of sebaceous glands, such as the ...Read more


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I've read about using dimethyl sulfoxide topically to treat migraines. I used it today and it worked. Is this safe?

I've read about using dimethyl sulfoxide topically to treat migraines. I used it today and it worked. Is this safe?

DMS: This is an Organosulfur compound. It was used as a topica analgesic, antui-inflammatory agent & antioxidant. It is not approved for Muigraine treatment due to its toxicity when used continuously. Consult your doctor first. ...Read more

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Is it okay to use leftover doxycycline (previously used to treat cystic acne a few months ago) to treat my UTI?

Is it okay to use leftover doxycycline (previously used to treat cystic acne a few months ago) to treat my UTI?

Not OK: First, your UTI should be professionally confirmed, ideally in person or at least speaking with your doctor if your symptoms are typical and you did a home self test to confirm positive WBC and nitrite in your urine. Second, doxycycline is not a recommended drug for UTI. And since you took the drug fairly recently, there is a good chance the bacteria causing your UTI is resistant to it. ...Read more

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What is electronarcosis? I heard it used to be used on psychiatric patients?

What is electronarcosis? I heard it used to be used on psychiatric patients?

Historical use, yes: Electronarcosis was an electrical treatment predating electroconvulsive therapy [ect -- which is still used today to help treat severely depressed and/or psychotic people]. In electronarcosis, electric current was passed through the brain (after premedication) to induce sleep -- not seizures as in ect. It's no longer used today, but very anxious people supposedly benefited. ...Read more

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Currently using clindamyacin 1% topical for acne, how long can I use it for without risking mrsa? And is it safe in pregnancy?

Currently using clindamyacin 1% topical for acne, how long can I use it for without risking mrsa?  And is it safe in pregnancy?

Unknown: Mrsa is a bacteria that is resistant to some antibiotics that are in the penicillin family. It is considered a b category safe drug in pregnancy. That means animal studies show no risk or adverse fetal effects. But controlled human studies are not available for first trimester. No evidence of 2nd or 3rd trimester risk shown. ...Read more

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What is azithromycin. I believe it is an anti biotic is that right. It was prescribed for me for acne by a consultant. Can it be used for that.

What is azithromycin. I believe it is an anti biotic is that right. It was prescribed for me for acne by a consultant. Can it be used for that.

Acne & Azithromycin: Azithromycin is an antibiotic and it is used at times to treat acne. There are a number of other oral antibiotics and other oral medications that can used in addition to a number of topical solutions. In general, the doctor will decide which of the various options for treatment provides the best chance for success balanced against the cost and potential side effects. ...Read more

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I'm using betnovate n and salibet ointment together to treat acne. I apply it overnight. Is it fine? Will it treat acne or is it harmful?

I'm using betnovate n and salibet ointment together to treat acne. I apply it overnight. Is it fine? Will it treat acne or is it harmful?

See answer: Steroids are not the first line drug for Acne. You shd not use steroids on your own and consult a dermatologist to understand and use right medicines which he will prescribe. He will also be able to answer all your questions as lots of myths abound. If u have to use something on ur own, look for a preparation of benzoyl peroxide 5-10% and check it on the inside of ur wrist for any reactions. ...Read more

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Hi doctor. May i know is vitamin a cleanser effective at uncloggin pores? Same effect as tretinoin? Can it treat cystic acne? Thanks.

Hi doctor. May i know is vitamin a cleanser effective at uncloggin pores? Same effect as tretinoin? Can it treat cystic acne? Thanks.

May help: However, it is not strong enough for cystic acne. This almost always requires isotretinoin. I hope that if you're offered this, you'll consider using it. It's not for the faint-hearted, but you owe it to yourself to be rid of your cystic acne for the several months or years that a course of rx will give you. ...Read more

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Botox is a medicine. But i just read its a neurotoxic poison. How is a neurotoxic poison used as a medicine? Just wondering. Does it harm people?

Botox is a medicine. But i just read its a neurotoxic poison. How is a neurotoxic poison used as a medicine? Just wondering. Does it harm people?

Botox: is indeed a neurotoxin and is in fact LETHAL in accidental ingestion cases (BOTULISM) In much much SMALLER doses it RELAXES muscle and PREVENTS unhealthy muscle SPASM..( Thus it's use in Treatment of facial WRINKLES! Hope this helps Dr Z ...Read more

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Hi how are? I have a question regarding a drug called diane-35. Is it safe for teens? Because i've heard that it will avoid pregnancy later

Hi how are? I have a question regarding a drug called diane-35. Is it safe for teens? Because i've heard that it will avoid pregnancy later

Definitely safe: This birth control pill is definitely safe for teens and for women. No need to worry and no need to worry that will affect your ability to have children or future pregnancies in any way. Best of luck. ...Read more

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Got prescribed Accutane for acne How dangerous is this for my body? Also I have plantar fasciitis. Will this prevent healing? should I avoid this drug

Got prescribed Accutane for acne How dangerous is this for my body? Also I have plantar fasciitis. Will this prevent healing? should I avoid this drug

Accutane dangers: Accutane is a very potent teratogen. It can cause very serious birth defects. You must use at least 2 excellent forms of birth control when taking it and since it is stored in your body fat probably for a year after you have stopped taking it. It is usually prescribed only for severe cystic acne only. Do NOT take it for mild acne. Has nothing to do with plantar fasciitis. ...Read more

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Baking soda for acne prone skin? I used this before and it was the only thing that worked for me, however i stopped since i didn't know if it was safe

Baking soda for acne prone skin? I used this before and it was the only thing that worked for me, however i stopped since i didn't know if it was safe

Baking Soda: The baking soda can be used in a number of different ways, with each of these ways having its own benefits. If you use baking soda on your skin on a regular basis, you will immediately begin seeing that your skin is healthier and that your complexion will improve greatly as well. ...Read more

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Is it ok to take the drug "prizma" with "Roaccutane" i have taken prizma for about 1 year but i have a very bad acne! can i take those 2 drugs togethe?

Is it ok to take the drug "prizma" with "Roaccutane"
i have taken prizma for about 1 year
but i have a very bad acne!
can i take those 2 drugs togethe?

Probably: "Prizma" is not a drug available in the US. Where were you prescribed "Prizma" & why? If it is Flouxitine, it is safe to use Accutane. I would strongly advise against using any alcohol with Accutane. ...Read more

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Laser hair removal, is it safe? Female friend is getting it. I heard it kills hair cells and i wonder how that can be safe, if it kills cells.

Laser hair removal, is it safe? Female friend is getting it. I heard it kills hair cells and i wonder how that can be safe, if it kills cells.

Safe: Pigments absorb wavelengths of light that correlate with their color. Certain laser light wavelengths correlate with the pigment of darker hair tones. In this way, the laser energy is absorbed uniquely in the hair follicle while minimizing energy to the surrounding tissue. Energy (heat) from the light destroys the follicle while leaving skin. Very safe when done by trained professional. ...Read more

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Im currently breastfeeding and was wondering if it is safe to use benzoyl peroxide and micro exfoliant lha?

Im currently breastfeeding and was wondering if it is safe to use benzoyl peroxide and micro exfoliant lha?

Topicals OK: There is no significant absorption of topical acne preparations into the blood.So there is no risk of them getting into breast milk. As a group they are considered safe during breast feeding. ...Read more

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I am taking 100mg minocycline 2x a day for acne but it seems to be giving me a headache, is there an alternative antibiotics for acne that doesn't cau

I am taking 100mg minocycline 2x a day for acne but it seems to be giving me a headache, is there an alternative antibiotics for acne that doesn't cau

Yes: try doxycycline or even amox [penicillin] or bacterium , ask your dermatologist or dr to change it.use benzoyl peroxide gel 5% as baseline for mild acne , twice a day if tolerated , start once a day , it dries skin and bleaches things , so will get sunburn like face for a while but will get better after 2 months should have clearer skin. wash with soap/water scrub with washcloth if whiteheads ...Read more

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Hello, I have a 0.025 % tretinoin gel that was prescribed to me two years ago for my acne. It expired 01/2015. Can it still be used? Safe?

Hello, I have a 0.025 % tretinoin gel that was prescribed to me two years ago for my acne. It expired 01/2015. Can it still be used? Safe?

Simple answer is no: medications breakdown over time sometimes they could potentially be good long after their expiration date but you can never be sure, so the safest thing to do is to never use medication after its expiration date. ...Read more

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


Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
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Pimples (Definition)

A pimple is a small inflamed spot on the skin. Also known as zit, ...Read more