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What is the definition or description of: Isotretinoin allergy?

What is the definition or description of: Isotretinoin allergy?

Isotretinoin allergy: The term allergy is thrown around a lot. That medicine (Retin-A) can easily irritate your skin, cause it to redden and peel. If that is happening to you then you should be lowering the dose or the concentration or spreading out the time between doses or changing the vehicle from gel to cream. It doesn't mean that you are allergic to it! Speak to your doc! ...Read more

Isotretinoin Allergy (Definition)

The term allergy is thrown around a lot. That medicine (Retin-A) can easily irritate your skin, cause it to redden and peel. If that is happening to you then you should be lowering the dose or the concentration or spreading out the time between doses or changing the vehicle from gel to cream. It doesn't mean that you are allergic to it! ...Read more


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I'm wondering why are my food allergies instantly gone while taking isotretinoin?

I'm wondering why are my food allergies instantly gone while taking isotretinoin?

Food allergies: It is hard to imagine food allergies can suddenly go away with any medications although outgrown of food allergies are not unheard of. Please review your food allergy symptoms with your doctor to see that you have a correct diagnosis. ...Read more

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What is the use of topical isotretinoin?

What is the use of topical isotretinoin?

Acne treatment: Apply this preparation once or twice a day.
It may take 4-6 weeks before you notice an improvement in your skin.
Your skin may become more sensitive to sunlight than usual. Avoid strong sunlight and do not use sunbeds.
If you are a woman, you must avoid getting pregnant. Ask your doctor about suitable contraception. ...Read more

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A question about the medicine "isotretinoin"?

Using the site: We are not a chat room, so we cannot interact with you to gain details about your problems. You need to provide relevant history of a problem and any findings, then ask a clear question. When you do not you have wasted your time. You are free to start over, but provide all relevant info and ask a question. ...Read more

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Isotretinoin -- any bad side effects?

Isotretinoin -- any bad side effects?

Potentially: Can cause depression, change in sleep or mood, sudden numbness or weakness on one side of the body, changes in vision, hearing, seizures, pain in stomach, severe diarrhea, flu-like symptoms, joint or bone aches, severe rash. There are other minor side effects. You should discuss this with the doctor before ever taking the medication. ...Read more

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How severe are the side effects of using isotretinoin?

How severe are the side effects of using isotretinoin?

Isotretinoin: The most common side effects are dry mucous membranes, photosensitivity, major birth defects and joint pain. Rare serious side effects include: pseudotumor cerebri, premature epiphyseal closure, pancreatitis, psychosis, anemia, suicidality, visual disturbance, hepatoxicity, aggression and others. Blood work is drawn every month and if side effects occur the med is stopped. ...Read more

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Can isotretinoin cause IBD?

Not going to do so: This is not a known side effect. However if you're taking the isotretinoin pills or capsules, it must be taken with a high-fat meal, one that may involve up to 20 g of fat in order for to be maximally absorbed. So if you're taking it on an empty stomach, or a meal that doesn't include much fat, for the vitamin A derivative to be fully absorbed, you might experience less absorption of the medication. ...Read more

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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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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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Does isotretinoin leads to pregnancy problems in future?

Does isotretinoin leads to pregnancy problems in future?

Yes: Do not get pregnant for 6 months. Talk to your prescribing dermatologist if you take it orally. ...Read more

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Can 5mg of isotretinoin cause tiredness and weakness? I doubt it.

Isotrentoin: There can be significant side effects so contact the prescribing doctor and discuss ...Read more

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Question about side effects of isotretinoin (accutane) for a male?

Question about side effects of isotretinoin (accutane) for a male?

Can you be specific?: There are numerous side effects that can occur for people taking isotretinoin. Most commonly, dryness and increased sun sensitivity, seem to affect nearly everyone. As far as the other side effects, they are uncommon. You will have to be more specific. ...Read more

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If I take isotretinoin when pregnant, would there be any side effects?

If I take isotretinoin when pregnant, would there be any side effects?

Birth defects: Isotretinoin can cause severe, life-threatening birth defects and should never be used during pregnancy. Major areas of involvement can include the brain, nerves, skull, heart, spine of the baby. Absolutely do not use this and consider getting pregnant. ...Read more

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How long does it take for accutane/isotretinoin to begin clearing up your skin?

How long does it take for accutane/isotretinoin to begin clearing up your skin?

Months: The usual course of treatment is 4-5 months and in many cases, improvement can take the full 16-20 weeks to be realized. Some patients do see improvement as early as one month into treatment (but not complete). ...Read more

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How much time did it take for accutane/isotretinoin to begin clearing up your skin?

Month or two: Most patients will start to improve within a month or two of starting isotretinoin. Occasionally acne worsens before it gets better. Hang in there, and see your dermatologist once a month for monitoring, dosage adjustments, and possibly adding other meds to help you clear up faster. ...Read more

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My dermatologist gave me two creams hydrolmol ointment and centraben cream due to taking isotretinoin. How should I apply them?

Medications: Hyrolmol is a paraffin- like oinment that helps retain moisture while centraben is also paraffin-like thick moisturizer that also retains moisture. Both of these creams help overcome the dryness caused by Accutane ...Read more

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Are my fears of going on isotretinoin irrational? I have read that it can cause permanent side effects even after discontinuation

Are my fears of going on isotretinoin irrational? I have read that it can cause permanent side effects even after discontinuation

No, they're not: More people should have concerns about side effects of medications, no matter what the medicine. Only then can you make an informed decision about using it vs. Not. Your med works fantastic against acne. But yes, there are potential serious side effects. Properly monitored by a good dermatologist, med can be stopped if these occur before permanent damage. Question is - are you willing to risk it? ...Read more

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Can you take diet pills while on isotretinoin (40mg pills once a day)? Will one cancel out the other or even cause bad side effects?

Can you take diet pills while on isotretinoin (40mg pills once a day)? Will one cancel out the other or even cause bad side effects?

Sure. But wise? No!: Look it up, e.g. Search google "isotretinoin 40mg nih". Next, do safe & effective diet pills exist? No! by law, dshea 1994, see fda.Gov, for dietary supplements sold otc, the marketers are exempt from evaluating & proving their claims. Victoza (liraglutide) & symlin, fda approved for diabetes (not wt. Loss per-se), are helpful for wt? . Best cut the carbs, study nusi. Org, “sugar: the bitter truth” & exercise. ...Read more

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While taking isotretinoin. I took my monthly blood test and my triglicerides are at 530. Very high. How can I safely lower them?

While taking isotretinoin. I took my monthly blood test and my triglicerides are at 530. Very high. How can I safely lower them?

Medication: See your PCP for triglyceride lowering medication. When l see high triglycerides l think future diabetic. You definitely need to get treated before it starts causing other issues. You will need Tricor (fenofibrate) or similar medication. ...Read more

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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


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Allergies (Definition)

Allergies occur when your immune system is triggered by envirionmental factors it should ignore--for example, pollen in the air, or dander on a cat or dog--and creates cells to fight against them. An allergic reaction typically causes itching, congestion, or drainage, and ...Read more