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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


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Medication for cystic acne & saeborrheic dermatitis causing severe migraines. Using isotretinoin, minocycline as HCl BP & desloratadine. Drug reaction?

Stop meds, check eye: If you are having headaches, I would stop the Minocycline and isotretinoin. When given together there is an increased risk of a rare side effect, pseudotumor cerebri. I would have my eyes checked and if no evidence of pseudotumor, restart either the Minocin (minocycline) or isotretinoin, but not both. Migraines can also worsen with Isotretinoin and not affect the eyes, but it definitely needs to be ruled out. ...Read more

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Is topical isotretinoin safe and what is the difference between it and oral drugs?

Tretinoin: The topical I'm familiar with is tretinoin, a relative of oral isotretinoin. Main side effects are dryness, redness, irritation, sun sensitivity. All of these can usually be managed with dose or strength changes, moisturizers and sunblock. ...Read more

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Taking isotretinoin 40mg/day, 5th month. Orthoped says I have an inflammation in the sciatic nerve, prescribed Diprospan Injection. Drug Interactions?

Taking isotretinoin 40mg/day, 5th month. Orthoped says I have an inflammation in the sciatic nerve, prescribed Diprospan Injection. Drug Interactions?

Ask provider: Ask your provider but usually there is no interaction between the two. The steroid might decrease some inflammation on your face but should not interfere with the accutance ...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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Is it safe to use isotretinoin (for acne) and sibutramine (weight reducing drug) together?

Sibutramine: Sibutramine is no longer available in the U.S. The manufacturer has decided to stop producing sibutramine based on information from a recent clinical study. In this study, people taking sibutramine had an increased risk of cardiovascular events such as heart attack and stroke. If you are currently taking sibutramine, you should stop taking this medication and call your doctor to discuss switching. ...Read more

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Can I smoke while taking isotretinoin?

Probably not: Smoking itself my exacerbate acne by effecting the microcirculation in the skin, and smoking also increases skin dryness. Accutane itself can cause problems with excessive skin dryness, particularly on the face and lips, and smoking may make this worse. There is no evidence of any particular interactions between Accutane and smoking, however. There are many reasons to stop smoking - please try. ...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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Does isotretinoin cause you to gain weight?

Does isotretinoin cause you to gain weight?

Weight gain: Not listed as side effect HOWEVER elevation of serum glucose may occur with isotretinoin and that may contribute to weight gain. Consult with prescribing physician. Thanks for trusting HealthTap! ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: isotretinoin?

What is the definition or description of: isotretinoin?

Accutane: 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 is required during treatment. ...Read more

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Does isotretinoin affect the effectiveness of levonorgetrel pills?

NO: It does not in terms of the pills contraceptive ability. That type of pill does help with acne in many patients, and will have an additive effect with the isotretinoin. ...Read more

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For how many days does isotretinoin remain in body after it is stopped?

For how many days does isotretinoin remain in body after it is stopped?

Only a few: Every day without it the amount in the body drops by 1/2. So after a week less than 1% remains. The chapped lips and other side effects are gone by then. ...Read more

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What is the efficacy of roaccutane (isotretinoin)?

Roaccutane: "Treating severe acne in patients who do not respond to other medicines. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor. Isotretinoin is a retinoid. It works by reducing skin oil production, changing the characteristics of the skin oil, and preventing abnormal hardening of the skin." See: http://www. Drugs. Com/cdi/isotretinoin. Html ...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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Do isotretinoin reduces the size of sabecious glands permanently?

Not necessarily: Not necessarily. Furthermore, roche pharmaceuticals stopped manufacturing Accutane (aka isotretinoin) in 2009. The official reason was that roche's patent had run out. A number of generic equals are still available. However, many who have used the drug have reported harmful side effects (depression, bowel disease), and the drug is a known teratogen (can cause harm to the fetus) in pregnant women. ...Read more

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Are there any known interactions/contraindications between isotretinoin/roaccutane and milkthistle?

None listed. . .: Always tell your doctor everything you're taking, including non-prescription medications & dietary supplements/herbs. Also tell pharmacist too. That way, we can look for interactions before prescribing. Check out http://www. Drugs. Com/interactions-check. Php? Drug_list=1403-0, 1633-0. While I can't speak for south africa, here in states, you need 2 forms of contraception & preg test to get isotretinoi. ...Read more

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Can I keep taking isotretinoin during Ramadan? I'm afraid u won't be getting enough fluids during the night?

Isotretinoin: Oral isotretinoin can dry the skin out a lot, if you intend not eat or drink during the day then you might want to talk to your dermatologist about stopping temporarily the isotretinoin ...Read more

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I take isotretinoin for 6months. Is this enough? What c ummulative dose should take. 62kg. 125×body weight is this true?

I take isotretinoin for 6months. Is this enough? What c ummulative dose should take. 62kg. 125×body weight is this true?

Look at skin.: Accutane is potentially a very dangerous chemical. It is highly teratogenic and is stored in body fat so even after you stop taking it it remains in your body for some time. It's main indication is for severe cystic acne. Take as little as you can and preferably none but use other approaches for dealing with acne. ...Read more