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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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On accutane, period around 3 days late every month, but this month 1 day early. Feel something is stuck in throat/mild cramps/constipation. See doctor?

On accutane, period around 3 days late every month, but this month 1 day early. Feel something is stuck in throat/mild cramps/constipation. See doctor?

Sure, see a DR: Accutane (isotritoin) causes dry mouth. Sometimes abdominal cramps. Most likely these symptoms are viral or other cause not related to acne treatment. ...Read more

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A few times recently, I noticed blood on tissue after BM. I don't have pain, and don't see blood after that. Can accutane do this? What should I do?

A few times recently, I noticed blood on tissue after BM. I don't have pain, and don't see blood after that. Can accutane do this? What should I do?

Most likey: This is an anal fissure or hemorrhoid. Accutane should not do this. It will probably go away. See your doctor if you have chest pain, passing out, difficulty breathing, or other concerning symptoms. Hope this helps! ...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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How long till dry skin goes away and you can see the effects of accutane?

How long till dry skin goes away and you can see the effects of accutane?

One to three months: How long it takes for dry skin to resolve depends on the season and relative humidity. In general, the skin normalizes within one to three months. It might take as long as three months for the maximum benefits of Accutane treatment to be seen. ...Read more

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Having a blood test on monday to see if im okay to take roaccutane. Does Accutane really clear the skin?

Having a blood test on monday to see if im okay to take roaccutane. Does Accutane really clear the skin?

Accutane: Yes. According to the literature, this drug is a powerful systemic drug used to treat severe inflammatory acne. Isotretinoin is classified as a retinoid, made from a synthetic form of vitamin a. Isotretinoin has become one of the most effective treatments available for patients with severe or cystic acne. About 68-72% effective. ...Read more

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I have bad neck and back pain but I'm on Accutane. Is it worth it for me to see an orthopedic doctor or will they just suggest stopping Accutane?

I have bad neck and back pain but I'm on Accutane. Is it worth it for me to see an orthopedic doctor or will they just suggest stopping Accutane?

Worth it: In my opinion, it would be worth it. They can examine you for other potential causes of your back and neck pain and give an opinion whether or not they feel your pain is musculoskeletal. ...Read more

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I went to a dermatologist who prescribes me Accutane for acne. I've been reading up and I think that I have rosacea, would the derm see the difference?

I went to a dermatologist who prescribes me Accutane for acne. I've been reading up and I think that I have rosacea, would the derm see the difference?

Acne: Yes, your dermatologist can tell the difference between Rosacea and Acne having spent years in medical school and then residency training. I would recommend getting a second opinion about taking Accutane which is a chemotherapy drug with potentially dangerous side effects especially in a young female. ...Read more

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I am on 80mg of Accutane a day in my 4th month and I haven't noticed much improvement and my skin isn't even dry. Is this normal in the 4th month?

I am on 80mg of Accutane a day in my 4th month and I haven't noticed much improvement and my skin isn't even dry. Is this normal in the 4th month?

Accutane: Anything is possible but don't give up hope. I have never had a failure with accutane. But you should be talking to your testing dermatologist, not to the internet! ...Read more

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I've been on Accutane now for 2 months and have seen minimal improvement. When will this medication actually work?

I've been on Accutane now for 2 months and have seen minimal improvement. When will this medication actually work?

Most within 12 weeks: Acne can flare the first few months on isotretinoin. Most patients start to see improvement within 12 weeks. However, there are always a few patients who require a longer amount of time to see improvement. Your dermatologist will be adjusting your dose as the months progress. ...Read more

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Red acne scars and spots have been on my cheeks for about 9 months, nothing changed. Got on Accutane a few months ago some improvement, what can I do?

Red acne scars and spots have been on my cheeks for about 9 months, nothing changed. Got on Accutane a few months ago some improvement, what can I do?

Many options: trials: On occasion, it may take many trials of different regimens to achieve optimal improvement. You may have to avoid any surgical/exfoliative treatments for one year following cessation of accutane. Discuss your options with a dermatologist who is experienced in acne care. This may include novel and off label applications of red/blue light therapy, ipl, infrared, ala therapy, etc. Meanwhile avoid sun. ...Read more

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What to do if I just started my 4th month of accutane, shouldn't it have all cleared up by now?

Not necessarily: Depends upon dose but sometimes will continue to work for 6 months after last dose. Old lesions will not be resolved yet, should see a decrease of new lesions. ...Read more

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Is there a higher chance of relapse if you wear black hoodies/black t shirts while on accutane with sunscreen? I was on accutane for 9 months

Is there a higher chance of relapse if you wear black hoodies/black t shirts while on accutane with sunscreen? I was on accutane for 9 months

Relapse?: If you are referring to an acne flare up I don't think your choice of clothing is an issue. Black does have the spectrum of more heat retention in sunlight. Even with sunscreen always be very cautions with sun exposure while on this medication. ...Read more

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Accutane, didn't miss dosage 1st month (30mg). Miss total six pills off/on throughout first 3 weeks of 2nd month (40 mg). Will this affect results?

Accutane, didn't miss dosage 1st month (30mg). Miss total six pills off/on throughout first 3 weeks of 2nd month (40 mg). Will this affect results?

No: Take with food for best result. Best results from taking each dose. The more doses you miss the more likely you will need to extend the total length of therapy. You do not give your weight. Probably you will soon be on 80mg a day. You will need to grease your lips. ...Read more

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How many months should someone take accutane?

How many months should someone take accutane?

Accutane: 50% of people are cured of acne with one course of 20 weeks at a dose of 1 mg/kg and most of the rest of the people are cured with a second course of 20 weeks at a dose of 2mg/kg. Weekly blood test monitoring is important, particularly at the higher doses. By weekly blood tests you can discover any adverse effect of the medication before any harm can occur to you. ...Read more

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Accutane for a month. It's 20 mg so will it cause any damage?

Why do you ask?: Isotretinoin is not for the faint-hearted but if prescribed appropriately, it's a safe medication even at much higher doses if required. You've undertaken a course of treatment that's not for the faint-hearted, and you'd do well to continue and stop reading internet scare stories. It'll be a huge help to you. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Is getting oily after completing 6 months on Accutane normal?

No: One of the normal effects of using Accutane is dry skin. It would be a little unusal to still have oily skin 6 months into a course of treatment. You might want to discuss this woth your dermatologist. Best wishes. ...Read more

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I got prescribed Accutane for one month. What would happen if I kept using it?

Followup: The use of Accutane for one month would not have signifigant long term effects. You need followup and a treatment plan. The dose, length of course and followup are very important. ...Read more

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I've been off of Accutane for 3 months and now im starting to break out. Do I have to start taking it again?

Not neccessarily: Usually would like to wait 6 months before re starting, sometimes other treatments work very well after Accutane even tho failed prior. Have never seen anyone break out as bad after a course with correct dosing. ...Read more

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I was on 40mg Accutane for 1 month and 80mg for an additional 3 months. How long before it's out of my system?

Accutane ; Skin: Accutane is usually mostly out of your system by 6 months after your last dose, but you should get the definitive answer from you prescriber. ...Read more

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Just finished a month on 10mg accutane, started 20mg 2 days ago how long will it take for me to notice dryness?

Minimal at that dose: All side effects are dose related. That dose is safe and has minimal side effects. ...Read more

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My son is 15. I am concerned he has been taking 40 mg per day of Accutane for 3 months. Will it stunt his growth?

My son is 15. I am concerned he has been taking 40 mg per day of Accutane for 3 months. Will it stunt his growth?

Severe acne?: I am assuming he has severe acne and is followed by Dermatology. They typically treat with Accutane for 6 months at a time. I am assuming they reviewed the risks with accutane, I am not aware that Accutane will stunt your growth, and most likely at 15 he already has had his growth spurt. ...Read more

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I'm on my last 4 months of accutane I still have some hiperpigmentation even after 1.4 years how can I remove them?

I'm on my last 4 months of accutane I still have some hiperpigmentation even after 1.4 years how can I remove them?

Options: This is common and there are a number of options. There are medications that will bleach or decrease the hyperpigmentation. There are UV/laser based treatments that are helpful as well. Time will also decrease them. I would recommend that you consult with a cosmetic dermatologist for options and treatment if this is concerning. ...Read more

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I was on accutane for 10 months. How long does it take for accutane to flush out of my system? How long should I avoid sunlight?

I was on accutane for 10 months. How long does it take for accutane to flush out of my system? How long should I avoid sunlight?

Typically the drug: Is out of your body after stopping for one month. But there is concern doing any treatment on the skin for up to 6 months after completing accutane ...Read more

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Are there coupons available for Accutane for people without insurance or is it possible to get samples for the first month or two?

Nope: Accutane is no longer sold in us. Only generics are available. Generic drug ousts don't give samples or coupons (dream on). But certain pharmacies offer good discounts on some medications. There are also national pharmacy card distributors that have discounts on certain drugs. Please get on the net and do the due diligence to find something for yourself. Good luck. ...Read more

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