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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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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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Is Accutane recommended for acne treatment?

Is Accutane recommended for acne treatment?

For severe cases: Accutane is a very strong but very effective drug for acne. It has potential serious side effects and requires close monitoring. That said, i know multiple patients who have had phenomenal improvements with Accutane that say they would do the treatment over. I recommend you see a local dermatologist for a consultation and more information. ...Read more

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Is isotretinoin (accutane) safe to take?

Is isotretinoin (accutane) safe to take?

Side effects: After december 31, 2005, only patients enrolled in the ipledge program may obtain and use isotretinoin. You will need to register with ipledge and view a video at your doctor's office before receiving your prescription. Only physicians enrolled in ipledge may prescribe isotretinoin, and only pharmacies enrolled in the program may dispense it. ...Read more

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How is roaccutane for acne?

How is roaccutane for acne?

Isotretinoin: This is your strongest medication and most effective, available only from a dermatologist. If you aren't clear on conservative rx, consider a course though it's not for the faint-hearted. Acne is a grave professional liability in today's world. Isotretinoin will keep it at bay for at least months. Best wishes. ...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 effective is solodyn (minocycline) for acne?

How effective is solodyn (minocycline) for acne?

Not very effective: Solodyn is an expensive brand of minocycline. Usually you would prefer generic. It is very effective for some people with acne. 42 yr-old women respond about 10% of the time. Spironolactone is effective for most women like you. It is safer and much less expensive. ...Read more

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Taking minocin (minocycline) for my acne; is it very effective?

Yes.: While some people respond better to other drugs, this is a reasonable first try with little side-effect potential. ...Read more

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Is minocin (minocycline) a good treatment for acne and blackheads?

Is minocin (minocycline) a good treatment for acne and blackheads?

Minocin (minocycline) & Acne: Minocin (minocycline) is one of the effective oral antibiotics use in the treatment of moderate to severe acne. Blackheads are best treated by gentle, non abrasive cleansing and the use of lotions or creams that help exfoliate surface skin cells and unclog pores, like retinoids, salicylic or azelaic acids. Chemical peels and facials with extractions can also be helpful to control blackheads. ...Read more

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Is microneedling safe to use for acne?

Is microneedling safe to use for acne?

Microneedling: Microneedling has been used safely on the treatment of acne scars. However, I am not aware that it is used on acne. ...Read more

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Can roaccutane be effective for rosacea? Is it safe?

Can roaccutane be effective for rosacea? Is it safe?

Not commonly: There are case reports of this being effective, but there are other more proven treatments that I would recommend ahead of isotretinoin (which comes with side effects). Laser is well established, Mirvaso is new and effective, and ivermectin is experimental but promising. ...Read more

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Is isotretinoin safe in treating back acne?

Is isotretinoin safe in treating back acne?

Yes: Isotretinoin is fda approved for treating nodulo cystic acne that has been recalcitrant to other remedies ( eg. Systemic antibiotics). After a thorough consultation by a dermatologist and many laboratory tests, Isotretinoin may be administered. Monthly follow up examinations and lab tests are required. This rigorous protocol has been established to enhance drug safety. ...Read more

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Duac for acne is it dangerous?

Duac for acne is it dangerous?

No: Combonation of benzoyl peroxide and topical antibiotic. It may be drying or rarely you may be allergic to ingredients which would cause reversible rash. ...Read more

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Is aviene birthcontrol good for moderate acne?

Is aviene birthcontrol good for moderate acne?

Yes!: Birth control pills with estrogen - like Aviane - can help your acne. It shifts the balance away from acne-causing androgen hormones. Progesterone-only birth control pills [like the "mini-pill"] can make your acnes worse. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Help please! is Accutane (isotretinoin) safe?

Depends: If you are a woman trying to conceive then absolutely not. Otherwise, it does have a significant number of potential adverse effects which need to be monitored. There are other, safer acne medicines but they may not be effective for you. It is not a medicine I use first line, but if the acne has not responded well to anything else, you have to weigh the risk vs. Benefit. ...Read more

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Is clenziderm good for teen acne?

Is clenziderm good for teen acne?

Possibly....: The primary active agent in clenziderm is salicylic acid 2%. This may remove the excess oil and dirt as well as superficial dead skin cells by exfoliation. However, without actually being able to view the skin and acne you are concerned about, no blanket recommendation can be given for any single product. Acne is graded in severity. Based on the grade, more precise effective therapy can be chosen. ...Read more

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Is dermabrasion for acne effective?

Is dermabrasion for acne effective?

No: May actually worsen acne, is only used for scars, and is rapidly being replaced by fractionated lasers, whichh also do not help acne. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take azemix 250 for acne treatment while breastfeeding?

Is it safe to take azemix 250 for acne treatment while breastfeeding?

Safety Data Unknown: If you are referring to azithromycin (Zmax, Zithromax) 250mg for the treatment of acne then lactation safety data is unknown: there is inadequate literature available to assess risk; caution advised. ...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


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