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At least 6 months: Isotretinoin (the Accutane brand no longer sold) has been linked to hypertrophic scar and keloid formation. This was most commonly noted in dermabrasion and laser treatments for acne scars within the first few months after the conclusion of therapy. I counsel my patients to wait at least 6 months for any elective procedure that injures the skin such piercing, tattoos, scar revision, etc. ...Read more
I've been on Accutane for quite some time now, and I got a new cartilage piercing 2 wks ago, do I need to take it out? Or should it be fine?
What would happen if you got a navel piercing on your 5th month on accutane? What is most likely to happen because of it (the neg. & positive?
I'm on accutane 40mg a day for 2 months, im currently on 1.5months and I want to get a ear piercing, is this smart?
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What vitamines can I take during accutane? Any would help? C? E? I know you can't take a, but the others? Thank you xx
The rest are okay: I'd urge you to get your vitamins from a balanced diet rather than a bottle. Avoid taking vitamin a itself; if your dermatologist isn't adverse to your taking a multivitamin with only a small amount of a, it would be okay. Your vitamin d can come from reasonable sun exposure. ...Read more
Pretty safe: Accutane has some issues, especially birth defects if taken while pregnant, but most of the other popularized "dangers" are significantly overblown. Still, it must be prescribed by a doctor with experience in its use, and you must join a registry (ipledge) as an added precaution against pregnancy. ...Read more
Very good: Accutane is very drug useful for treatment resistant acne. However, there are several restrictions on its use. Patients need to be fully informed prior to taking the drug and agree to using at least two forms of birth control. This drug is not for everyone and can only be prescribed by physicians specifically trained in its use. ...Read more
Depends: Its hard to say without knowing more about you. However, Accutane is an exceptional medication for treating cystic acne, with marked results seen. There are unfortunately side effects as well as monitoring to be performed, so it is best to check with your doctor to determine whether or not to start. ...Read more
Dangerous drug: You will need to consult with a physician knowledgeable in the diagnosis and treatment of the skin problems you are experiencing. When or if this is considered appropriate for your case, you will be required to sign off on the information describing its potential toxic effects. Once you have been informed /the prescription can be written. Continuation will require followup. ...Read more
Time for a visit: Accutane is considered more dangerous than many other medications because of a variety of unusual side effects in some recipients. I do not use it in my practice preferring to let the dermatologists determine those most appropriate for its use and monitoring their case for the potential side effects. Schedule a visit and expect to sign release forms that document your understanding of the risks. ...Read more
Consult with doctor: You'll need to see a doctor who prescribes Accutane and who uses the ipledge program (a government computer database designed to track proper use of the drug). You need to be evaluated and screened to see if you're a good candidate for accutane, informed of the side-effects, get appropriate labs, and then monitored while on the drug. Absolutely cannot get pregnant while on accutane. ...Read more
Can be: The list of side effects are long, but most are temporary. Simply google side effects and will get pages. Very strong medication should discuss side effects with your pmd. ...Read more
Accutane: Accutane is a very good drug when used appropriately. The biggest concern is that it causes severe fetal damage if women were to use it and get pregnant. It has a number of side effects, mostly on muscle and skin, but these are usually not severe. Nothing helps severe acne as much as accutane. ...Read more
Define "safe": The medication wouldn't be allowed on the market unless it passed through the vigorous FDA approval and product surveillance process. Its ability to be a winder drug for some who suffer otherwise is well known, but its potential for serious side effects is also present. Selective use and continuous monitoring for side effects is needed in this drug more than many others. ...Read more
Rarely: There are case reports of glomerulonephritis occurring in Isotretinoin patients at a very rare level (one case in 38, 667 reported to fda). There are also reports of Isotretinoin curing glomerulonephritis in lab animals, so if the medication is helping your acne, be sure to monitor body systems carefully through the prescribing physician. ...Read more
Medical Supervision: After a thorough consultation to determine that you are an appropriate candidate for accutane, laboratory studies are conducted to exclude any underlying contraindications. Then, the medication may be safely administered. Monthly monitoring with clinical and laboratory evaluations are required. ...Read more
Sometimes: Patients who are on Accutane may notice an increase in their cholesterol and triglyceride levels during their Accutane treatment. It is more common in those with a personal or family history. Fortunately, this usually resolves when one finishes the Accutane course. Simple things like dietary changes (high fiber diet, low fat) and reducing the Accutane dose is effective in lowering the levels. ...Read more