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Hi... I want to know if isotretinoin, isotroin and Accutane are same. If they are different then please mention their differences and its uses...?

Hi... I want to know if isotretinoin, isotroin and Accutane are same. If they are different then please mention their differences and its uses...?

Differences/uses: My best advice is for you to go online and look up the information regarding the above three meds.
Go to the articles that are specifically designed for patients not doctors.
If you have trouble going through this please drop me a line and I will try and help you some more. ...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


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I stopped using accutane/isotroin in november. Is it safe to have a baby now?

I stopped using accutane/isotroin in november. Is it safe to have a baby now?

1 month: The fda and the manufacturer recommend waiting at least 1 month after your last dose of Accutane before stopping birth control and trying to get pregnant. Since it has been several months since you stopped, it is okay to try to conceive now. ...Read more

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My doctor has prescribed me Isotroin 20. But I have a history of Bipolar disorder l. So, is this medicine safe for me?

My doctor has prescribed me Isotroin 20. But I have a history of Bipolar disorder l. So, is this medicine safe for me?

Just work closely: It's good that you know to be careful about side effects and interactions. This should be no worse a risk for you than others but it is more important to advise your Dr (s) of ALL other meds you take and to ALL watch closely for possible side effects. There may be none - but if there are - you'll catch it in time to be okay. Best! ...Read more

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I hv nodular cystic acne. I am taking isotroin 20 mg in morning n 10mg at nite. 6 weeks of course is already over bt I don't see vry good results. Help!

NODULOCYSTIC ACNE: The typical course of this drug is 20 weeks. You have not been on it nearly long enough. Go back to your dermatologist asking why that might be. ...Read more

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I was taking a acne treatment. I had been prescribed lot of pills (isotroin-20), serums (vc-15). My skin goes dark in sun if I do not cover my face.

I was taking a acne treatment. I had been prescribed lot of pills (isotroin-20), serums (vc-15). My skin goes dark in sun if I do not cover my face.

What's your question: You're on Isotretinoin which is the strongest acne medication and will prevent further scarring. The vitamin topical application probably won't hurt. You'll do well to use a heavy sunscreen especially while you're on isotretinoin. Please do not try to bleach your skin with hydroquinone; you'll end up disfiguring yourself. Don't worry about your skin being dark; it's fine. ...Read more

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Hello, I have problem of Oily nose and cheeks, and over past 1 year, my forehead and cheeks have blackened. Have some acne on cheeks. Medic - Isotroin?

Hello, I have problem of Oily nose and cheeks, and over past 1 year, my forehead and cheeks have blackened. Have some acne on cheeks. Medic - Isotroin?

I would suggest: Gentle facial cleansing with baby soap and the use of OTC 5-10% benzoyl peroxide gel or cream. Retin A- should be used only if other products are not working; however it is an EXCELLENT medication: do not use both products together. ...Read more

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Only taking isotroin 30 mg a day and azithral 500 mg thrice a week continuosly will help in curing nodular cystic acne? N how to cure d pain frm cysts

Only taking isotroin 30 mg a day and azithral 500 mg thrice a week continuosly will help in curing nodular cystic acne? N how to cure d pain frm cysts

Cystic acne: Serious acne, that is the cystic type, should be treated with Isotretinoin at a measured dose depending on your bodyweight. If you have painful cyst, your doctor can inject a mild form of cortizone (hydrocortisone) which will calm them down fairly rapidly. Definitely keep taking medicine that she or he tells you, and attend the follow-up sessions faithfully and stay on the medicine for at least 5 to 6 months. ...Read more

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Suffering from nodular cystic acne. During periods acne bcom worse. M on isotroin 30 mg medication. How to control severe acne during periods. Pls hlp?

Suffering from nodular cystic acne. During periods acne bcom worse. M on isotroin 30 mg medication. How to control severe acne during periods. Pls hlp?

Hormonal Acne: If you are having acne breakouts during menses while on isotretinoin, your problem is likely more related to hormones. I would see your doctor about a hormonal workup (check testosterone, fsh/lh, dhea-s), and look at more hormone specific treatments for acne, like spironolactone, cyproterone, or flutamide. ...Read more

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18yr fem. Acnecystic, open pores, combination, sensitive skin, kidneyStoneHistory. FamilyHistoryOf diabetes, epilepsy, thyroid. SvereFLARE. Isotroin a safe bet?

18yr fem. Acnecystic, open pores, combination, sensitive skin, kidneyStoneHistory. FamilyHistoryOf diabetes, epilepsy, thyroid. SvereFLARE. Isotroin a safe bet?

Most effective: B"sd
as I understand it the most effective therapy.
from my endocrine side would be concerned to evaluate for androgen excess. Most commonly will be due to elevated insulin (PCOS) or a mild form of congenital adrenal hyperplasia (CAH).
Also, has a metabolic assessment been done for the kidney stone history - may be a good idea before starting the accutane. Possible Accutane link to kidney stones ...Read more

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I have used isotroin 5mg for acne. I stopped the medicines by 7th dec. Now I'm married n pregnant. Will there be any birth defects?

I have used isotroin 5mg for acne. I stopped the medicines by 7th dec. Now I'm married n pregnant. Will there be any birth defects?

See your GYN ASAP: If you were taking Accutane (isoretoin) when you got pregnant, you must see your gyn doctor immediately. There is a very high chance of miscarriage or serious birth defects in babies conceived by people taking accutane. If you have stopped taking accutane, it is recommended to wait at least 6 months before becoming pregnant to decrease the risk of serious birth defects. ...Read more

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I hv nodular cystic acne on face n currently on 6th week of isotroin medication 30 mg. Lately hv started breaking out on forehead. Its itchy. Help pls.

Under dosed?: See your dermatologist and ask him if the 30 mg dose is sufficient. It is usually based on weight. The standard is 1mg/kg/d so a 130 pound person should be on 60 mg per day. Also, it is not unusual for people to get a little worse on Isotretinoin before they get better- so don't panic! ...Read more

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Very excess sebum in scalp but I have no acne prob nd male hormones are ok. Taken isotroin but no results. Only lips become dry n no change in scalp.

Very excess sebum in scalp but I have no acne prob nd male hormones are ok. Taken isotroin but no results. Only lips become dry n no change in scalp.

OILY SCALP: TRY TO SHAMPOO DAILY.
YES, DAILY WITH AN OVER THE COUNTER SHAMPOO LIKE A TAR SHAMPOO.
DO IT FOR AT LEAST 10 DAYS, AND SEE HOW THIS WORKS.
ALSO: CUT OUT ALL NUTS, CHOCOLATE, SUGARY DRINKS, AND CUT DOWN ON DAIRY PRODUCTS.
IF THIS DOESN'T WORK, PLEASE SEE A DERMATOLOGIST.
BEST LUCK. . . ...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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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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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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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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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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