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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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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

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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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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Taking Antibiotics (Checklist)

Follow the directions on the 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 antibiotics
Once
Throw away any leftover antibiotics when you're done
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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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Taking Statins (Checklist)

Consider nighttime dosing to decrease effects of cramping during day
Once
Get routine labs to monitor your progress and eat well, too!
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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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What is best sun block to use while taking accutane?

Spf 30: Hi good morning,

it is recommended that you use an spf over 30 everyday particularly when you are on medication that will make you sun sensitive. But please don't forget to reapply every two hours. You might need to reapply more often if you are doing any heavily activity which involves sweating or if you are in the water. I hope that helps. ...Read more

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Taking Blood Thinners (Checklist)

Take appropriate dose of anticoagulation medication
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Follow up with your treating physician
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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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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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Can I tan twice per week at 5 to 8 minutes per while taking accutane? My dr. Refused to answer the question.

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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I'm 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?

I'm 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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Does taking Accutane cause pain in ankles?

Does taking Accutane cause pain in ankles?

Possibly: It is possible that ankle pain could be caused from long term use of Accutane as this drug can cause some bone issues. However, that being said, there are so many other reasons why you may experience ankle pain. I would recommend you discuss with prescribing doctor and perhaps see a podiatrist or orthopedist as well for evaluation. ...Read more

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Is severe lightheadedness due to taking accutane?

Is severe lightheadedness due to taking accutane?

Not common: I have treated patients with Accutane (isotretinoin) for many years and have not heard that particular complaint. Theoretically any medicine can cause just about any side effect but I really haven't seen that one. I would talk this over with your dermatologist. ...Read more

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What are long-term side effects of taking accutane?

What are long-term side effects of taking accutane?

Relatively safe/few: The following study documented that the long term effects of Accutane were relatively minor and safe. These were related to skin and mucous membranes ~5% and include xeroderma (dry skin), dry eyes, arthralgias (joint aches) and aggravation of eczema. For further details see:
http://www. Ncbi. Nlm. Nih. Gov/pubmed/7918010. ...Read more

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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 can I take to help the red marks fade, while taking accutane?

Depends: Does "hormone imbalance" mean pcos? Taking accutane, you probably should stop Minocycline and benzoyl peroxide. Benzoyl peroxide is especially irritating if you use accutane. You probably need a cream for dry skin. You may benefit from spironolactone. What forms of birth control? After a few months of accutane, the acne marks and scars will be dramatically improved. ...Read more

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I feel my cheeck more chubby after taking accutane. Is it effect???

I feel my cheeck more chubby after taking accutane. Is it effect???

May just be tight: Ness of skin. Accutane once finished is out of your system in one month, So if your cheeks are still swelling and its been more than a month see your prescribing doctor. If you are still on Accutane swelling may be due to sunburn as the medicine is sun senstizing ...Read more

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How long after taking Accutane can you start trying to have a baby?

One month after: It's safe to become pregnant 30 or more days after stopping Accutane (isotretinoin). ...Read more

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Can I take injection for collagen or glutax qhile taking accutane???

NO!!: Accutane delays normal process of skin renewal....
Do not do it... You may have troubles ...Read more

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In your opinion, what's the best Chapstick to use when you're taking Accutane?

Misinformed?: I am sorry, but it is clearly stated here on Health Tap that we do not offer treatment and we do not endorse specific products. ...Read more

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If you are taking Accutane and you're allergic to it, when do you start seeing symptoms?

If you are taking Accutane and you're allergic to it, when do you start seeing symptoms?

Variable: I've only seen allergy to it occur twice. In both cases, my patients developed hives, which were easily controlled with antihistamines. They both wanted to stay on accutane, so I had them consult an allergist, and in both cases we were able to successfully keep the patient on Accutane along with zyrtec (cetirizine). Their acne resolved and the hives when away a month after stopping the accutane. ...Read more

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What's the difference in taking Accutane 2 times a day (2x40mg), breakfast and dinner instead of just taking once a day at dinner?

What's the difference in taking Accutane 2 times a day (2x40mg), breakfast and dinner instead of just taking once a day at dinner?

Below: Accutane has a fairly long half-life so it shouldn’t hurt
if patients fit the dosage schedule to their lifestyle.
(Drugs with long half-lives do not need to be taken in split
doses to maintain adequate blood levels). Taking large
single doses can cause indigestion (hence warning on label
to take with or after food), so if you want to take it as a
single dose with a meal, fine. If it causes indigestion,
split into two doses. ...Read more

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My daugther consived during taking Accutane 40 mg between 6 jan / 3 feb she is nw 6 wk an concerned the baby could be affected?

My daugther consived during taking Accutane 40 mg between 6 jan / 3 feb she is nw 6 wk an concerned the baby could be affected?

See doctor now: There is a very high risk of pregnancy complications that can occur from conceiving while on accutane. It can cause spontaneous miscarriages, prematurity, or severe birth defects. All patients taking Accutane should avoid getting pregnant, and take effective birth control. She should immediately stop taking the Accutane and see an ob-gyn doctor. ...Read more

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Three months ago I stopped taking accutane. I am now taking a gainer (carnivore mass) which I think is making me break-out. Should I stop taking it?

Three months ago I stopped taking accutane. I am now taking a gainer (carnivore mass) which I think is making me break-out. Should I stop taking it?

Probably not: Acne caused by dietary changes is largely a myth. The most significant cause of acne is testosterone, which is much, much higher in your teens and early 20's than any other time in your life. If you're breaking out more recently, it may be simply due to weather changes ; the fact that people aren't in the sun as much after summer is over. ...Read more