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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.


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Normally, how long would the break outs end while taking accutane?

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.


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How dry is your skin going to get when taking accutane?

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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What happens after you stop taking accutane?

If acne recurs, Rx: Effect on acne helps with Accutane. If recurs, ant-androgens help the acne. ...Read more

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When will i see the results of taking accutane?

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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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?

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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I'm scared of taking accutane, what can you tell me?

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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My son is going to start taking Accutane but i'm worried.. What are the side effete?

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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Is it okay to take ibprofene while taking accutane?

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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