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Medications Treating Acne
Treating Acne differ: The cause of acne is poorly understood. However the consequences may be devastating. While Accutane is one of the most effective treatments, therapy requires a full understanding of the risks. Once active cystic acne has occurred, practitioners differ in their treatment regimens. In the usa, topical salicylic acid and/or benzoyl peroxide, oral systemic retinoids and/or a variety of antibiotics. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Accutane & Acne: Accutane (isotretinoin) is far and away the best medication for stubborn acne. Many cautions when taking it, though. If you are female, you have to have monthly pregnancy tests to make sure you are not pregnant while you are taking it. If you are a male, it's much easier to get. The high price of the drug puts many people off. A dermatologist can explain it all to you if you are a good candidate. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
See below: Accutane (isotretinoin) is a drug used to treat severe acne & acne resistant to other acne treatments. It is a generally safe medication, although is known for causing birth defects when taken during pregnancy & sometimes raising triglyceride cholesterol levels. For this reason, Accutane must be taken under close doctor supervision. The most common side effect is dry skin while on the medication. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Isotretinoin: Accutane is a vitamin a like product that has amazing effects to treat significant acne. But with great benefit can come side-effects. While on Accutane, blood tests need to be performed to determine if triglycerides or cholesterol levels may elevate. The patient can also experience extreme dryness of the lips and skin with rash. Muscle aches ; headaches can occur. Long-term side effects are rare. ...Read more
No: A variant on the molecule supposedly with fewer side effects / better safety profile was under development a few years ago but was abandoned. For deep cystic acne, Isotretinoin remains by far the best choice, though antibiotics and topical retinoic acid preparations work well for milder cases. ...Read more
If the oil production returns to normal after accutane is stopped, doesn't that mean acne will return? So how come accutane is considered the only medication to cure acne permanently? Thanks
Its not: Isoretinoin targets systems that involve vitamin A in their control processes, and that's probably how it shrinks sebaceous glands. But Accutane, the orally ingested form, also gets to ALL systems; luckily it doesn't have a major effect on the 'big A system'. vision. When you stop Accutane, the sebaceous system can recover, and you could get acne again. Usually, your body has moved on. ...Read more
Tried everything for my acne. Derm suggests accutane next. Was told it is a very potent last resort drug. Am I putting my health to great risk?
Requires monitoring: Accutane can cause birth defects to any fetus exposed during pregnancy and occasionally triggers liver injury.It's use is usually monitored closely, with regular blood tests to look for early signs of any toxic effect (so you stop it) and women are usually required to be on BC/sign a contract to that effect. It is a great drug when used appropriately but not one that is used without some caution. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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?
I'm taking Accutane for severe cystic acne. I also get a lot of allergy. Is it save to take allergy medication while on accutane?
I believe you are ok: These are working on different systems. The best anti-allergy medicines for you may be those that are relatively non-drying to the mucosal surfaces. Should you develop nosebleeds, get with your primary care physician. As always, i'd welcome ideas from other healthtap physicians. ...Read more
I'm on Accutane acne medication (20mg/day) and I've been wondering that can I drink alcohol with it? If so, how much? Can it be dangerous, how?
Any good drug store (walgreens preferably), acne scar creams or gels that you recommend? Nothing too expensive. I'm on Accutane as well
Wait: You should generally finish your Accutane treatment before you try to treat the acne scars. Acne scars are very hard to get rid of. There are over the counter products that can help slightly with dark spots, but I would not expect a major improvement. Indented scars will not respond to anything sold over the counter. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
Got prescribed Accutane for acne How dangerous is this for my body? Also I have plantar fasciitis. Will this prevent healing? Should I avoid this drug
Accutane dangers: Accutane is a very potent teratogen. It can cause very serious birth defects. You must use at least 2 excellent forms of birth control when taking it and since it is stored in your body fat probably for a year after you have stopped taking it. It is usually prescribed only for severe cystic acne only. Do NOT take it for mild acne. Has nothing to do with plantar fasciitis. ...Read more
Does roaccutane (accutane) medication for acne cause birth defects in a child if the father is taking it, not the mother?
I"m on 2nd course of Accutane for 6 month. After taking 1 week, acne was gone. After 3 months it came back. I am on 6th month, acne is getting worse?
I've been dealing with acne for a few years now and I'm 16 and the acne is quite severe, I was accutane for a while but once I finished it acne came?
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