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What medications are effective at treating acne?

What medications are effective at 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 more

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A very common skin condition that 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 ...Read more


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Is Accutane a good drug to fight stubborn acne?

Is Accutane a good drug to fight stubborn acne?

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 more

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Is Accutane a dangerous drug? I heard it was used to treat acne.

Is Accutane a dangerous drug? I heard it was used to treat acne.

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 more

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What are short term and long effects of Accutane acne medication?

What are short term and long effects of Accutane acne medication?

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

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Are there any acne medications that work as effectively as accutane?

Are there any acne medications that work as effectively as accutane?

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

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Could my acne come back from stopping my Accutane while 8 weeks into the drug?

Could my acne come back from stopping my Accutane while 8 weeks into the drug?

Yes: Acne remits on its own but there is no telling at what age. You best chance of a prolonged (months to years) remission is by taking the full course of isotretinoin. It is not for the faint-hearted but it is very effective. ...Read more

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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

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

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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?

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 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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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'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

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Any good drug store (walgreens preferably), acne scar creams or gels that you recommend? Nothing too expensive. I'm on Accutane as well

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 more

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Does the acne drug Accutane cause a miscarriage?

Does the acne drug Accutane cause a miscarriage?

Do not take: Accuatane is known to cause serious birth defects and should never be taken during pregnancy. ...Read more

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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

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I'm taking Accutane currently and it's hurtshurt so bad. Why does Accutane make my acne worse?

Get with your doctor: A short course of Prednisone added to your treatment may help if indicated, or he/she may know of something else. ...Read more

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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?

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?

More Treatment: Some acne is more difficult than others. Other treatment options are available, and occasionally, more than one course of Accutane is required. Seek a board certified dermatologist in your area of further treatment and your options. ...Read more

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