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Doctor insights on: Side Effects Of Accutane For Acne

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Are there any side effects and does Accutane completely cure acne even after you stop taking it?

Are there any side effects and does Accutane completely cure acne even after you stop taking it?

Yes: There is a booklet the doctor will have you read that shows birth defects, dry skin, depression, and more. It is an excellent help for patients that qualify for it. You will have to enroll in the website and get urine tested for pregnancy. The dosage also weighs in on the side effects. There are never guarantees you will be clear for life as it is a life long condition. ...Read more

Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Acne (Definition)

Acne is one of the most common skin conditions. It affects about 80% of adolescents. Acne 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 face back and chest. The hallmarks of the condition are blackheads, whiteheads (closed comedones), papules, pustules, cysts, nodules, and sometimes scarring. There are numerous treatments available, both topical and systemic. The most commonly used are benzoyl peroxide, retinoids, and antibiotics ...Read more


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What are the side effects of accutane? And what does the medicine do to stop acne?

What are the side effects of accutane? And what does the medicine do to stop acne?

Big drug!: The most concerning side effect is the potential for causing severe birth defects so you have to be on birth control to use it. It can effect the liver, can make the skin more sensitive to sun, and can thin hair. It is a powerful drug similar to vitamin a that works on acne by decreasing the oil your body produces. Physicians have to take a course to prescribe it. ...Read more

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Is Accutane safe to take will it cure acne tried other things never worked it is for my son who is 16 he has been on it for a couple of weeks. No side effects yet except for dryness of skin.

Is Accutane safe to take will it cure acne     tried other things never worked it is for my son who is 16 he has been on it for a couple of weeks. No side effects yet except for dryness of skin.

Accutane : Accutane is very effective for cystic, scarring acne. I would recommend you carefully follow up with your doctor and keep communicating any side effects with them. With proper follow up and careful monitoring, most patients do really well on accutane. On the link below is more information about accutane. I hope that helps. ...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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Any opinions of the safety of Accutane for acne for a male? I've heard there are some pretty serious potential side effects? How about retin-a

Any opinions of the safety of Accutane for acne for a male?  I've heard there are some pretty serious potential side effects? How about retin-a

Accutane: Accutane is indeed a powerful drug and does have some potential serious side effects. It needs to be managed very closely by someone very familiar with it, such as a dermatologist. Retin a (tretinoin) is certainly another option, as are some combination products like epiduo. Depending on the predominant type of acne you have, you may certianly be a candidate for one over the other. Best to ask your derm doc! ...Read more

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What's the best cure for acne? Accutane is better or causes hair loss? What about side effects?

What's the best cure for acne? Accutane is better or causes hair loss? What about side effects?

Mildest that works: Glad you're asking about scientific rx. Acne is a serious chronic disease that can have a devastating, lasting effect on a teen. For an adult, something as simple as a maintenance dose of tetracycline or (if confined to the face) even just topical clindamcin and benzoyl peroxide may be quite sufficient. For really severe disease, don't hesitate to use Isotretinoin if it can be done safely. ...Read more

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How safe are 10mg of accutaine 1/day as far as side effects? I have persistent acne nothing else has worked. Should i give this a try?

How safe are 10mg of accutaine 1/day as far as side effects? I have persistent acne nothing else has worked. Should i give this a try?

By all means: Be very sure you do not become pregnant while you are on this medicine. The large majority of people (men and women) are happy with the results despite the fact that you will experience some side effects. ...Read more

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Acutane dilemma intense fear of the horrific possible side effects. Acne has destroyed myself esteem i've tried every thing. Any positive insight?

Truly sympathize: I truly sympathize with you. This can be very depressing. Acutane, although, sounding bad from the side effect side, may not be that bad in your case. Those i've known on it did actually pretty well. I've seen good results with laser treatments. The major downside, though, is the cost. If it is affordable, try a few sessions. ...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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How well does Accutane work for acne?

How well does Accutane work for acne?

Well: However, it is unpleasant, and you must be sure not to become pregnant. Your skin will be dry, irritated, and may itch or burn. For severe acne, this is part of the informed consent you will give. After your course of treatment, you should be clear for at least several months. Most folks think it is worth it. Good luck. ...Read more

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Taking Accutane (Definition)

Accutane (Isotretinoin) is a powerful medicine that treats acne. It is known to cause severe birth defects if a woman becomes ...Read more


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Pimples (Definition)

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