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Safe Food With Accutane
Is there a certain time you should take accutane? I take it in the afternoon ith food, absorica 20mg once a day
Your choice: While there are many restrictions on and hazards involved in taking this powerful and effective medication, you may take this at the time of day that seems best to you. Most people prefer to take it with food and there's one pharmacologic study that suggests it's better absorbed with at least some food, so this would be wise. Ask your physician whether to continue your other meds. ...Read more
Regular meal: It is best to take Isotretinoin with a general meal that has some amount of fat content. The medication is best absorbed with fat, so any meal that has some component of fat content - some butter on toast or bread, a piece of cheese, peanut or almond butter, egg, etc. Are all examples that would work well. ...Read more
With food: Absorption is better with food.Get a more detailed answer ›
Accutane: I would suggest you talk to the pharmacist about your medication questions to be fully informed on this medication. But hot sauce will be ok. ...Read more
Does it matter how much food I eat when I take Accutane, or is simply taking it with food sufficient enough?
Eat sensibly: You may absorb the medicine better if here is a fair amount of fat in the meal. ...Read more
I am currently taking Accutane and was wondering if I could fast for 11 hours with no food or water during the day?
Yes: Wishing you a joyful holy season. You should be fine. Double-check with your physician if you wish. ...Read more
How much fat does meal have to be to consume accutane? Is it necessary to eat much high-fat food. I only have moderate fat meal while on accutane.
Accutane's medication guide shows that "the drug should always be taken with food". How much fat does food contain for best absorption of accutane?
Avoid vitamin a supp: Accutane is a serious medication with potentially serious preferrably monthly with monitoring liver function tests and to see how you are doing clinically while on this drug. Avoid sexual intercourse with anyone that may be pregnant or plans on becoming pregnant and is not using proper birth control. Totally avoid supplemental vitamin a, but foods with some vitamin a should be ok. ...Read more
I'm on accutane. I eat pork liver pate once a week. Is it ok? Does it affect my Accutane regimen & my health. What kind of foods should we avoid?
Speak with derm MD: The active ingredient in Accutane is isotretinoin, a retinoid, similar to vitamin a. Patients taking Accutane should not take additional vitamin a supplements since this can cause vitamin a toxicity, including nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, weakness, dry or itchy skin or lips, irritability, or hair loss. Liver is rich in vitamin a, as are orange-yellow-red vegetables, limit intake. ...Read more
Can I take food which contains provitamin-a/ beta-carotene when I am on accutane? Does it cause side effects?
Yes: You don't need to avoid foods containing vitamin a or carotenoids, but you should avoid vitamin a supplements when taking isotretinoin, as any potential toxic effect of vitamin a may be enhanced. This may result in joint and muscle aches, dry skin, abdominal pain, and some effects on the liver. ...Read more
Is eating foods that have derived from alcohol or having been extracted using alcohol count as alcohol while off accutane? Will I relapse with acne?
Alcohol interacts: With so many meds and supplements that it's best not to combine it with anything, specifically since Accutane has an Antabuse (disulfiram) effect while taking alcohol that could make you feel really sick to your stomach. Also, it will make Accutane less effective. Two negatives. So since you want Accutane to work, it's best to go alcohol-free for now. ...Read more
When should I take my Accutane? The label says take once daily by mouth. Food or no? Time? I'm on absorica 20mg once a day for a month.
Always: Always works better if taken with food. Even though this form is absorbed better on a empty stomach than other forms. ...Read more
I've heard its best to take Accutane with a food with fat. What kind of fat does that mean? Avocado? Peanut butter? French fries? Fried chicken?
Any will do: Anything that leaves a grease spot. This is good advice. It makes it easier to absorb the stuff. ...Read more
I'm 4.5 months post accutane and I know you are not suppose to drink. Can I eat foods with malted barley flour? Would I relapse with acne?
Not relapse: 4.5 months is long enuf that the Accutane is probably already in the skin cells where it's fighting acne breakouts. Drinking alcohol while taking (or before taking) Accutane will cause an interaction and may be dangerous for your liver. But if the acne has completely gone away & there's no chance of a relapse (& no need to take Accutane again) then 1 or 2 drinks of alcohol may b OK. Talk to ur doc ...Read more
I'm on accutane. Is there any indications about diet when on accutane? Can I eat vitamin a food from animal (like egg, fish, liver, . ..) occasionally?
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
In selected patients: Accutane works for certain types of treatment resistant acne. However, it has significant side effects that limit its use. It causes serious birth defects so is not safe during pregnancy. It may causes problems with the skin, liver, muscles and vision. While not proven, it has also been linked to depression/suicidal thinking. You need a doc experienced with its use before starting 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
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
Side effects: After december 31, 2005, only patients enrolled in the ipledge program may obtain and use isotretinoin. You will need to register with ipledge and view a video at your doctor's office before receiving your prescription. Only physicians enrolled in ipledge may prescribe isotretinoin, and only pharmacies enrolled in the program may dispense it. ...Read more
Depends: If you are a woman trying to conceive then absolutely not. Otherwise, it does have a significant number of potential adverse effects which need to be monitored. There are other, safer acne medicines but they may not be effective for you. It is not a medicine I use first line, but if the acne has not responded well to anything else, you have to weigh the risk vs. Benefit. ...Read more
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