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Active Ingredient(s): Isotretinoin
FDA Approved: May 7, 1982
Pharm Company: HLR
Category: Skin Care

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Accutane Overview

Isotretinoin, INN, /asotrtno.n/,[1] (also known as 13-cis retinoic acid) first marketed as Accutane by Hoffmann-La Roche, is a medication primarily used to treat cystic acne. Rarely, it is also used to prevent certain skin cancers (squamous-cell carcinoma), and can be used in the treatment of brain,[2] pancreatic and other cancers. It is used to treat harlequin-type ichthyosis, a usually lethal skin disease, and lamellar ichthyosis. It is a retinoid, meaning it is related to vitamin A, and is...

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accutane long term side effects
I have a son that took accutane 60 mg a day for six months in a row three years ago. Now after many trips to doctors over strange medical problems, it seems accuatne is the culprit medication that has caused servere joint and muscle pain, severe dry lips, redness in face, eye infections of own immune system attacking itself, systems of osteoarthritis in both shoulders, both wrist and right hand, blood in stool, possible hair loss, abnormal liver function test results in AST and ALT. My son went from being a high school football and track athlete while taking this medication three years ago to someone that is in constant pain just washing a car. After I have researched this drug extensively, I can't believe that the FDA allows this drug originally made for cancer patients to be marke...
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Can accutane cause severe cramps and/or infertility
I took accutane as an early teenager and sense then my period cramps got progressively worse I am 20 years old now and I have been put on prescription pain killers for my cramps. I also have had at least one ovarian cyst. From my research it seems that the two could be linked. I am 100% positive that Accutane made my skin highly sensitive (I must wear sun block every day year round or I burst into flames like a vampire). Could it have also cause my severe cramps? Also, I am in a serious relationship, which has made me wonder if I may have trouble getting pregnant in the future. Does anyone have any knowledge pertaining to this?
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affects of acutane years later
I have been having a lot of problems . Recently . And I won't to know if they are being caused by my use of acutane while being in the air force both of my shoulders or really painful ## Hello, Ted! How are you doing? Sorry about the problem that you're having. Has Accutane been known to sometimes cause lifelong problems in people that took it? Yes, it has. Can anyone online say whether or not that is what has caused your issue? No, we cannot. Have you consulted your doctor? That so the only way you are going to get a proper diagnosis and a solution, if any.
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Going in accutaine now
I am 37years old having bad acne all my life My doc put me on accutaine week ago so worried about the side effects .Being a single parent with three young kids to raise.Does accutaine works for hormonal acne ?spiro didn't help me ## Hello, Tresjoli! How are you? If it's hormonal, have you tried any of the oral contraceptives? Many of them can help with hormonal acne and they are less risky than this medication.
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accutane only for 2 months?
Hi, I don't have severe acne.. but I'm weirded out because everyone says you've got to be at least 6 months on the accutane program. My dermatologist however told me it's time to stop now? I only took a low dosage as well at 20mg per day. Does anyone have the same experience? Short term accutane?
Updated 1 month ago.
accutane lip dryness
Did anybody else get the crazy dry lips??? I am trying to find something that works, and I was using vaseline but I don't like using chemicals (because somebody told me its left over from oil production, so gross). So I'm looking around and was thinking of going organic but burt's bees seems waxy and kind of weird. There was another one at whole foods from Germany but its like $14. I heard of one from Austin, can't remember the name, like 512 something, here it's good and organic and makes your lips soft but can't remember the whole name. Does anybody know what to use??? Should I just find the 512 stuff? ## There is a lip balm Called Dr. Dans... That's what I was given at the doctors office. {edited for privacy} ## Hello! Classical side effects of Accutan ar ...
Updated 2 months ago.
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Delayed accutane side effects
I was on accutane in the early 90's (right after it was approved) and it did the job at the time. Now, 20 years later, I went through a severe episode of osteolysis, where my jaw bones literally melted away. I had 4 gum surgery to remove bad tissues, gum grafts, and I have scaling (deep gum cleaning with the hook from hell) every 4 months. Is there anyone else out there with the same problems that took accutane in the past? The very nature of this problem, that is an asymptomatic periodontisis with bone loss, is a very long process, and subtle one. So if this is accutane related, I doubt that it is a well documented long term side effect yet. Anyway, I am asking because 2 dentist told me that I was not the first one to bring up this link between accutane and gum/bone problems. Thank...
Updated 2 months ago.
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Accutane affects on healthy 18yr old girl
I've been on Isotretinoin for 6 months and my dermatologist said I have another 2 months to go at least as I am still a grade 2. However, after serious consideration, I have decided to get off the medication and try antibiotics and topical creams again (though they did not work the first time I tried them). I was generally a physical person, but once starting Isotretinoin, I found it hard to walk up the stairs without being out of breath. I experienced incredible headaches which I tried to manage by blocking out all light and noise, though that rarely helped. I am a pilot and had to stop flying for months because I didn't feel I could physically task myself with it. Flying isn't particularly demanding physically yet still I was unable to manage it. My skin was very, very dry...
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Accutane is AMAZING!!
I am currently a 17 year old male and senior in highschool, and suffered from acne for over 5 years. In 8th grade acne started invading my face. Freshman year it continued, and would not go away. We tried creams, pills just about anything you could possibly try. My sophmore year is when it erupted. Acne started forming on my back and chest, and I literally had boils on my back and chest. It was very painful. I also play football, and it hurt very bad to put on my shoulder pads, and the embarassment to even take my shirt off in the locker room after practice. It caused me a lot of stress. It hurt to take showers because the water would hit these boils. I had cystic acne. I had over 15 large pimples/boils on my back and chest both. This continued for another year. As I still tried creams,...
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Can Accutane cause brown spots on hands?
I am currently on Accutane medication and I have been taking it for the past 2 and a half weeks. The first week when I started taking it, it coincided with my vacation in Hawaii. As you can imagine, I was exposed to sun in Hawaii and after my trip I noticed these brown spots (which sort of look like freckles) on my right hand. The strange thing is that it's only on my one hand for now, nowhere else. I've never experienced something like this. Is it possible that Accutane caused it? If so, will those spots go away? ## Here's a link to a picture of the brown spots I'm referring to: ## Hello, Aniiulka7! How are you doing? Sorry about the problem that you're having. They could just be due to your time in the sun, many medicat...
Updated 3 months ago.
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Possible Dosages for this and Related Drugs:

  • Capsule: 10mg, 20mg, 30mg, 40mg
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