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Is use of isotritinoin for acne has side effects?

Is use of isotritinoin for acne has side effects?

Isotretinoin: This is a useful medicine, but has a long list of potential side effects including back pain, headaches and birth defects if a person becomes pregnant while taking the medication (ok to become pregnant off the medicine). This medication needs to be closely monitored by a physician with monthly lab tests. Works great for a lot of patients and can take away severe acne for years! ...Read more

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Acne (Definition)

Acne is one of the most common skin conditions. It affects about 80% of adolescents. Acne 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 face back and chest. The hallmarks of the condition are blackheads, whiteheads (closed comedones), papules, pustules, cysts, nodules, and sometimes scarring. There are numerous treatments available, both topical and systemic. The most commonly used are benzoyl peroxide, retinoids, and antibiotics ...Read more


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What are the side effects of roaccutane or isotretinoin drug for acne?

What are the side effects of roaccutane or isotretinoin drug for acne?

Many Side-effects: This drug is highly effective for severe acne but has powerful side-effects. Those include increased skin dryness , rashes , sun-sensitivity , increases in cholesterol and triglycerides , hair loss and peeling skin. There are also concerns about worsening ibs/ us and depression. ...Read more

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When i was 18 male (now 26) i took isotretinoin (accutane) for 6 mon until my acne was completely gone. Miracle drug. But any longterm side-effects?

When i was 18 male (now 26) i took isotretinoin (accutane) for 6 mon until my acne was completely gone. Miracle drug. But any longterm side-effects?

Side effects: It has been speculated that Accutane can lead to long-term side effects including depression decreased bone density vision changes and joint problems however these reports have been on unsubstantiated. However if any of these symptoms arise seek medical help regardless. ...Read more

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Do the side effects of isotritinoin outweigh the benefits from its acne treatment? How can such side effects be reduced?

Do the side effects of isotritinoin outweigh the benefits from its acne treatment? How can such side effects be reduced?

Depends on severity: Whether the risks outweigh the beneifts is truly a matter of severity of the disease as well as the importance to the individual. Acne is rarely, if ever, a life threatening disease. Therefore, it can essentially go untreated if it doesnt bother you. However, to others, the disease can cause great psychological distress and issues with self esteem/confidence/image. In this case, benefits may win. ...Read more

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I'm 16 and I suffer from acne and I'm suggested to use Benzoyl peroxid, Doxycycline, Isotretinoin, n vitamin-e, so I'm askin if there'd b sideaffects.

I'm 16 and I suffer from acne and I'm suggested to use Benzoyl peroxid, Doxycycline, Isotretinoin, n vitamin-e, so I'm askin if there'd b sideaffects.

Yes: Acne is a chronic disease that's a grave personal and professional liability. It is well worth the likelihood of side effects. If topical benzoyl peroxide isn't a bit unpleasant, consider increasing the strength / frequency until it is. This plus tetracycline may be enough for moderate acne. Isotretinoin is brutal but hugely effective; talk with your physician at length about it. ...Read more

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Any DETRIMENTAL EFFECTS of long term (TOPICAL) isotretinoin/erythromtcin use on the skin? Like premature aging? Been using it on/off 11 yrs for acne.

Any DETRIMENTAL EFFECTS of long term (TOPICAL) isotretinoin/erythromtcin use on the skin? Like premature aging? Been using it on/off 11 yrs for acne.

I have never heard: of topical isotretinoin(that is accutane) do you mean tretinoin (or retin A)? Topical retinoic acid will not hurt and can help as it stimulates new collagen and thickens the epidermis. Topcial erythromycin is just a topical antibiotic. It won't age your skin but may stop working. Hope that helps ...Read more

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Does isotrex gel solve acne just like the oral use of isotretinoin tablets solves acne? Or are the effects of the gel milder and does the acne return?

Does isotrex gel solve acne just like the oral use of isotretinoin tablets solves acne? Or are the effects of the gel milder and does the acne return?

It is Retin A (tretinoin): Same ingredient as oral form. Certainly topicals not as harsh nor are the side effects. .There is no real "cure" for acne but simple control. ...Read more

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Can I use isotretinoin ( net look ) for few or mild acne and post acne red marks ?

Can I use isotretinoin ( net look ) for few or mild acne and post acne red marks ?

Acne: Don't try and self-medicate. Isotretinoin is indicated for severe acne. Consult your doctor for help. ...Read more

Dr. Kristi Woods
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Isotretinoin (Definition)

More commonly known as accutane, Isotretinoin is an oral medication that is incredibly effective for severe acne. It is especially useful to bring a halt to acne that is causing scarring. Isotretinoin has a variety of side effects including birth defects, liver damage, and problems with cholesterol, and careful monitoring ...Read more


Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
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Pimples (Definition)

Pimples are a kind of acne, and are a condition where oil gets trapped in a pore of the skin resulting in small area of ...Read more