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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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Why is Accutane so bad for babies?

Why is Accutane so bad for babies?

Birth defects: There have been serious birth defects because the mother took this med while pregnant. There is no problem if the father took it. After she stops the med the woman is no longer at risk. High doses of vitamin a have the same risk. This occurs from pills but not from food. ...Read more

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When do the side effects of Accutane start in babies?

When do the side effects of Accutane start in babies?

Born with defects: I'm not sure if you mean which trimester(s) is it dangerous for the baby or when do the side effects show up after the baby is born, but the problems or defects are present at birth. ...Read more

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Is isotretinoin (accutane) as bad as they say? Why?

Is isotretinoin (accutane) as bad as they say? Why?

'Bad' can mean good: This is a rough medication. You'll experience some real discomfort. You can't go out and get drunk, and you'll have to promise not to get pregnant. It will also clear you acne -- and if it's severe enough to require isotretinoin, it's severe enough to keep you from getting the job you want. It's not for the faint-hearted. But if you're offered it, consider taking it. It's your choice. ...Read more

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How bad is the initial breakout when using accutane?

Depends: If you have been using topical retinoids, like Retin-A or differin, (adapalene) the initial break out may not be significant. Your dermatologist can start at a lower dose so that you do not have a big initial flare. ...Read more

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What is in Accutane and does that cause bad side effects?

Accutane: Isotretinoin is the generic name for accutane. Like all medicines and like life, it has possible and probable side-effects and complications. It is an excellent medicine. You should be discussing this with your dermatologist. ...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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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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Do your patients's (on accutane) skin generally look its worst on month 2. Because i'm just finishing up month 2 and by skin has been bad this month!

Do your patients's (on accutane) skin generally look its worst on month 2. Because i'm just finishing up month 2 and by skin has been bad this month!

High dose yes: The side effects of Accutane are dose related and the acne often gets worse the first 2 months then improves gradually. You should definitely see improvement by month 3 ...Read more

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Why do people take Accutane if its effects are so bad?

Why do people take Accutane if its effects are so bad?

Because it works: Acne is a very serious personal and professional liability. Isotretinoin is the definitive way to control it long-term. It's not for the faint-hearted, but it works. ...Read more