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Taking Accutane (Overview)

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


Dr. Yash Khanna
Board Certified, Family Medicine
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Normally, how long would the break outs end while taking accutane?

Dr. Yash Khanna
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Normally, how long would the break outs end while taking accutane?

It varies: It varies but it takes on average 2to3 months to see appreciable improvement which may come slowly. ...Read more

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Taking Accutane (Overview)

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


Dr. Robert Killian
Board Certified, General Practice
23 years in practice
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Can i tan twice per week at 5 to 8 minutes per while taking accutane? My dr. Refused to answer the question.

Dr. Robert Killian
Board Certified, General Practice
23 years in practice
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Can i tan twice per week at 5 to 8 minutes per while taking accutane? My dr. Refused to answer the question.

Not to tan: Nope. The physician probably has told you the answer already. Accurate is very harsh. No tanning when on accutane. ...Read more

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Dr. Joseph Eastern
Board Certified, Dermatology
39 years in practice
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How dry is your skin going to get when taking accutane?

Dr. Joseph Eastern
Board Certified, Dermatology
39 years in practice
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How dry is your skin going to get when taking accutane?

Depends...: ...On the dosage given, and your individual skin type. I start "low and slow" to avoid dryness, but sometimes it happens anyway. Accutane works by shutting down the oil glands, so dry skin is a common side effect. However, the longterm benefits of clearing your acne are well worth a bit of temporary skin dryness. ...Read more

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Dr. Walter Futterweit
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What happens after you stop taking accutane?

Dr. Walter Futterweit
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59 years in practice
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If acne recurs, Rx: Effect on acne helps with Accutane. If recurs, ant-androgens help the acne. ...Read more

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Dr. Yash Khanna
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When will i see the results of taking accutane?

Dr. Yash Khanna
Board Certified, Family Medicine
52 years in practice
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When will i see the results of taking accutane?

You have to finish t: You have to take the full course of Accutane which is minimum of 16 to 20 weeks. ...Read more

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Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
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Im taking Accutane 10mg 2x/day a total of 20mg. Am a male 120 lbs 5'6 height. Currently on my 27th day. Am just wondering if low a dose effective?

Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
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Im taking Accutane 10mg 2x/day a total of 20mg. Am a male 120 lbs 5'6 height. Currently on my 27th day. Am just wondering if low a dose effective?

Low dose: You must be on first month. The low dose is effective. Best chance for permanent cure is a much higher dose for 5 months or continue the small dose for a much longer time. Usually the starting dose is small because it is better tolerated, then increased every month if tolerated. You will improve in 1-3 months. Probably you will be clear by 5 months. Sounds like you have a good dr. ...Read more

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Board Certified, Pathology
39 years in practice
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I'm scared of taking accutane, what can you tell me?

Dr. Ed Friedlander
Board Certified, Pathology
39 years in practice
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I'm scared of taking accutane, what can you tell me?

Benefits: Acne is a very serious personal and professional liability. This is the best medicine for the severe form, and often the only one that works. It's not fair, but someone presenting at a job interview with serious acne is likely to be rejected simply becuase this is seen to be a sign of poor self-care. You'll be followed with labs ; close management. It's your choice. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Fisher
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Before this..accutane 10mg perday make my skin dry..now..After stop 3month accutane, and back taking accutane, almost 2week my skin still oily..why???

Dr. Michael Fisher
Board Certified, Dermatology
27 years in practice
31M people helped

Accutane: The dose of Accutane you are taking is not correct. The correct dose is 1-2mg/kg per day. Once you take the correct dose, you will see better results. ...Read more

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Dr. Ravinder Nagpaul
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
32 years in practice
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Is it okay to take ibprofene while taking accutane?

Dr. Ravinder Nagpaul
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
32 years in practice
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Is it okay to take ibprofene while taking accutane?

Probaly yes: Brufen is ok to take with accutane avoid vit a containg meds doxycycline and antibiotics should not be mix with accutane. Check with your md before taking any of thes type of medicine. ...Read more

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Dr. Paul Christakis
Board Certified, Pediatrics
31 years in practice
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My son is going to start taking Accutane but i'm worried.. What are the side effete?

Dr. Paul Christakis
Board Certified, Pediatrics
31 years in practice
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My son is going to start taking Accutane but i'm worried.. What are the side effete?

There are a few.: Side effects can include inflamed lips and eyes, dry mouth and nose, itching, nosebleeds, rash, joint or muscle pain, and blood test abnormalities. You should discuss this with his doctor, who will probably order blood tests before and during treatment. Despite these potentially serious problems, patients often do very well and their acne can be vastly improved or cured, often permanently. ...Read more

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