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How severe are the side effects of using isotretinoin?
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Dr. Michael Fisher
Dermatology
In brief: Isotretinoin
The most common side effects are dry mucous membranes, photosensitivity, major birth defects and joint pain.
Rare serious side effects include: pseudotumor cerebri, premature epiphyseal closure, pancreatitis, psychosis, anemia, suicidality, visual disturbance, hepatoxicity, aggression and others. Blood work is drawn every month and if side effects occur the med is stopped.

In brief: Isotretinoin
The most common side effects are dry mucous membranes, photosensitivity, major birth defects and joint pain.
Rare serious side effects include: pseudotumor cerebri, premature epiphyseal closure, pancreatitis, psychosis, anemia, suicidality, visual disturbance, hepatoxicity, aggression and others. Blood work is drawn every month and if side effects occur the med is stopped.
Dr. Michael Fisher
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Dr. Cheryl Levin
Dermatology
In brief: Depends
Common side effects of Isotretinoin for the treatment of acne include dryness of mouth and nose, eye irritation and sun sensitivity.
Most people tolerate these side effects okay. However, there is a risk of more severe side effects, such as birth defects, severe muscle pain and a possible link to depression and suicide. See a dermatologist for more complete discussion.

In brief: Depends
Common side effects of Isotretinoin for the treatment of acne include dryness of mouth and nose, eye irritation and sun sensitivity.
Most people tolerate these side effects okay. However, there is a risk of more severe side effects, such as birth defects, severe muscle pain and a possible link to depression and suicide. See a dermatologist for more complete discussion.
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