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Is Accutane safe for acne?

Is Accutane safe for acne?

In selected patients: Accutane works for certain types of treatment resistant acne. However, it has significant side effects that limit its use. It causes serious birth defects so is not safe during pregnancy. It may causes problems with the skin, liver, muscles and vision. While not proven, it has also been linked to depression/suicidal thinking. You need a doc experienced with its use before starting accutane. ...Read more

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
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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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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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Is Accutane safe to take will it cure acne tried other things never worked it is for my son who is 16 he has been on it for a couple of weeks. No side effects yet except for dryness of skin.

Is Accutane safe to take will it cure acne     tried other things never worked it is for my son who is 16 he has been on it for a couple of weeks. No side effects yet except for dryness of skin.

Accutane : Accutane is very effective for cystic, scarring acne. I would recommend you carefully follow up with your doctor and keep communicating any side effects with them. With proper follow up and careful monitoring, most patients do really well on accutane. On the link below is more information about accutane. I hope that helps. ...Read more

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I have severe back acne but mild face acne, oral antibiotics showed little improvements, is it safe to go on Accutane although my face isn't severe ?

I have severe back acne but mild face acne, oral antibiotics showed little improvements, is it safe to go on Accutane although my face isn't severe ?

Probably safe: It is better to take Accutane if you have very severe cyctic acne. But Accutane is a strong medication with well known complications. You should consult with a doctor first. Thanks. ...Read more

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Hey doctor! is it safe to take Accutane for the pcos patient for acne? Moreover i've read that for hormonal acne its a temporary sol. , is that so?

Hey doctor! is it safe to take Accutane for the pcos patient for acne?
Moreover i've read that for hormonal acne its a temporary sol. , is that so?

Tough question: I think that there are situations where Isotretinoin can be used safely and effectively in patients with pcos, but it should be done under the guidance of someone very familiar with using the medication as there are a host of possible side effects. And i agree that the hormonal component tends to be the overwhelming issue for pcos-related acne, so it may not be as effective as in other types. ...Read more

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For acne I tried tretinoin, oral/topical antibiotics, & birth control & still get a lot of acne. Low dose accutane a great final choice? Is it safe?

For acne I tried tretinoin,  oral/topical antibiotics, & birth control & still get a lot of acne. Low dose accutane a great final choice?  Is it safe?

Yes: Accutane is very effective for cystic acne. It has the potential to adversely effect the growth and development of an unborn child if you become pregnant, so it is very very important that if you are sexually active that two forms of birth control are used. ...Read more

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How helpful is Accutane for acne?

How helpful is Accutane for acne?

Acne: Accutane is the most effective therapy that is available for severe acne. It is not meant for milder forms of acne. ...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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Can my acne heal after using accutane?

Can my acne heal after using accutane?

Accutane: You are still having acne at 37 and have been recently treated with Accutane? I have my doubts about your age which I believe to be under 16 and am unable to provide you with a response. ...Read more

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What can help acne other than accutane?

What can help acne other than accutane?

Other options: Accutane is the most effective rx for severe acne, but your personal physician may have other ideas for you. The oral contraceptive pill may completely clear a woman who can take it. A regimen of tetracycline 500 2x/day plus topical benzoyl peroxide may clear fairly severe acne. If you have cystic acne, don't waste time / get scarred, accept the Accutane option. ...Read more

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Does Accutane help with just severe acne?

Does Accutane help with just severe acne?

Use caution: To use Accutane for mild acne would be inappropriate because there are other meds that work adequately without the cost, unpleasant side-effects, and risks. Most acne can be managed without it, which is a good thing. Severe acne requires it. ...Read more

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How can I be get on Accutane for my acne?

How can I be get on Accutane for my acne?

Probably: If you can be positive you are not and will not become pregnant while on it, and you truly need it, it is very worthwhile. If somebody's superstitions about acne being "normal" or due to your bad lifestyle or hygiene, you have my sympathy. The drug is pricey but a drug company if asked nicely sometimes makes its product available to the needy. Please get with your physician. ...Read more

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Will Accutane cure my mild/moderate acne?

Isotretinoin: Isotretinoin. For deep cysts, antibiotics may not be enough. Isotretinoin (amnesteem, claravis, sotret) is a powerful medication available for scarring cystic acne or acne that doesn't respond to other treatments. This medicine is reserved for the most severe forms of acne. It's very effective, but people who take it need close monitoring by a dermatologist because of the side effects 80% effectiv. ...Read more

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How to control acne? Is Accutane worth it?

How to control acne? Is Accutane worth it?

Acne: speak to your dermatologists . There may be other modalities to try before accutane ...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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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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