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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 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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Taking Accutane (Definition)

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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What happens after you stop taking accutane?

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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Acne (Tip)

Acne

Accutane is safe and effective in preventing scarring when taken under medical supervision. ...See more

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Taking Antibiotics (Checklist)

Follow directions on label
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Take all doses as directed. Don't stop when you feel better.
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Do not take someone else's antibiotic
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Throw away any leftover antibiotics when you're done
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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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Acne (Tip)

Acne

Severe cases: see a dermatologist for oral Accutane treatment. Works great. ...See more

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Taking Statins (Checklist)

Consider nighttime dosing to decrease effects of cramping during day
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Get routine labs to monitor your progress and eat well, too!
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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???

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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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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