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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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What can you tell me about accutane?

What can you tell me about accutane?

For difficult cyst: Used for cystic acne not controllable with antibioicts. Women need to be on birth control one month before and one month after stopping accutane.Consult a dermatologist if you are candidate for accutane. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about accutane?

The facts: It's the definitive, and often only effective, rx for severe acne. You must not become pregnant while taking it. It is not pleasant. You'll be monitored closely during the process. Acne is a very serious personal and professional liability. The people i know who have done it are very glad afterwards. ...Read more

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Can you tell me is Accutane dangerous?

Can be: Accutane is recognized as a potential cause of serious birth defects if taken during pregnancy. It is also known to cause significant intestinal tract problems in a fraction of patients. If used only when needed and precautions are taken to limit the risks, it is a good medication. ...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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Please tell me what are some alternatives to accutane?

Please tell me what are some alternatives to accutane?

Best choice: If you have severe acne, especially if it is cystic, Isotretinoin is really your own choice in most cases. The "pop" remedies just don't work. I'm going to assume that a physician has determined that you're not a candidate for combination of topical benzoyl peroxide and an antibiotic. This Rx isn't for sissies but the "alternative" is to end up disfigured and ultimately mutilated. ...Read more

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Can you tell me when does the dryness stop on accutane?

Can you tell me when does the dryness stop on accutane?

When done!: Most patients' skin and lips are dry during the course of isotretinoin. You must moisturize frequently and use lip balms to keep your skin and lips hydrated. Once your course is complete, most dryness resolves within 4-6 weeks. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how long it takes 20mg Accutane take to cause dryness on the skin?

Depends: Everyone is different. Usually dryness peaks 3rd month. This is a very low dose, so may take longer or not at all. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how many Accutane side effects really do occur?

Can you tell me how many Accutane side effects really do occur?

Everybody is differe: That is why each person is monitored monthly. I would say everybody experiences dryness and if they would go out in ther sun unprotected they woud get one heck of a sunburn. If they would get pregnant they woud have a very deformed fetus. The rest of the side effects are sporadic but posible. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about taking Accutane before and experienced psychiatric symptoms?

Possible risk: Accutane can have neuropsychiatric side-effects including depression, psychosis, and even suicide. People with personal or family histories of mental illness may want to have a psychiatrist work in collaboration with a dermatologist when taking accutane. ...Read more

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