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Is It Safe To Use Accutane
Define "safe": The medication wouldn't be allowed on the market unless it passed through the vigorous FDA approval and product surveillance process. Its ability to be a winder drug for some who suffer otherwise is well known, but its potential for serious side effects is also present. Selective use and continuous monitoring for side effects is needed in this drug more than many others. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Can Mederma help the redness heal from a acne scar ? And it's safe to use while on Accutane right?
Pretty safe: Accutane has some issues, especially birth defects if taken while pregnant, but most of the other popularized "dangers" are significantly overblown. Still, it must be prescribed by a doctor with experience in its use, and you must join a registry (ipledge) as an added precaution against pregnancy. ...Read more
Medical Supervision: After a thorough consultation to determine that you are an appropriate candidate for accutane, laboratory studies are conducted to exclude any underlying contraindications. Then, the medication may be safely administered. Monthly monitoring with clinical and laboratory evaluations are required. ...Read more
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Absolutely not: Most people who start up on Accutane pledge not to take alcohol during the course of their treatment, for the sake of your liver and overall health. This is a remarkable medicine that's going to give you a new life without the liability of severe acne. Start it off right by keeping your promise and protecting your health. ...Read more
Hard to say: The usual tables we use to look for known interactions do not acknowledge lysine as a drug and does not comment on potential for interaction. Without having a place to find known problems you are left with deciding to take your chances or just not take the lysine for the months yu are on the Accutane. ...Read more
Not Recommended : Both medications can cause pseudotumor cerebri, and when taken together the risk of this is much higher. It is reversible, but i still never prescribe both Accutane and Minocycline (solodyn is a version of minocycline) together. If an antibiotic is needed while on accutane, I use a different antibiotic that is not associated with pseudotumor. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: Tanning is not safe and is not recommended for anyone. It increases the risk of skin cancer and accelerates facial and body aging. Sunscreen with titanium and zinc can help protect you from uva and uvb rays, but avoiding sun exposure is best. Spray tanning and tanning lotions are a reasonable alternative to achieve a bronzed look, but they may not be safe for pregnant/ lactating women. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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