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Accutane

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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Details May Include Instructions, Side Effects, Interactions, Etc. Drug monograph is from Wikipedia. All text is available under the terms of the GFDL (GNU Free Documentation License). Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isotretinoin

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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 After I have researched this drug extensively, I can't believe that the FDA allows this drug originally made for cancer patients to be marke...
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Accutane and Infertility
I took accutane almost 14 years ago as a teenager. I am now a 32 year old woman who has just been diagnosed with infertility that they believe is linked to autoimmune issues. I truly believe that accutane is the cause of this; from the research that I have done it seems that accutane has been linked to other thyroid-related diseases, but that they have not yet been able to prove a link between accutane and infertility. There are, however, actually more people like me out there than I originally thought. Being diagnosed with ovarian dysfunction has been a horrific, horrific blow. And while there was plenty of information about accutane and birth defects, no one ever mentioned a possibility of future infertility. I was a teenager! This is a tragedy and I believe something should be done a...
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accutane and birth defects
I am wondering if there are any women who have completed their suggested doses of Accutane and had children later. Have there been birth defects that seem as though they could have been triggered by previous Accutane use? I know there are significant risks of birth defects while actively on the drug, but what about the long-term after-use impacts on reproduction? I wish I could ask some physicians to participate in a long-term, observational study for this but I'd have no idea how to go about it. It doesn't seem like anything is out there on this topic. ## Well, April….what I have to say on the subject is…. Having used sites like this for many years and having read/answered many, many posts there are a lot of people that have taken it and experienced health issues th...
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accutane/pancreatitis
My son was hospitalized a few years ago for acute pancreatitis. At the time, he was taking Accutane and drinking (social). He is now back on Accutane and promised he will not be drinking for 6 months. Is he in danger of getting pancreatitis again? ## I have been diagnosed with chronic pancreatitis, ibs and chronic abdominal pain! I took accutane when i was a kid! I took accutane for a year!! There is no history of this in my family! The doctors say i have crones disease and ulcer lites! So i do not know what to do any more can any 1 help? ## It is listed as a rare side effect of the drug, however, it appears yours did not manifest when you were taking it, so it may be totally unrelated. The only thing I can suggest is consulting your doctor. ## Then what could have caused it? Becuse the...
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Accutane - long term low dose regime
Has anyone been on accutane for a long term low dose regime? I read that some people have take only 20-40mg/wk for like 20 years for psoriasis, eczema, and other skin diseases but not for acne. I think I even read someone using ultra low dose regime for oil control. I am considering this treatment. This regime is more common in Europe from what I read. ## What has your doctor advised? Accutane is very hard to get and use, in the U.S. and there is a very good reason for that. This medication contains the active ingredient Isotretinoin and it has been shown to be a severe Teratogen, so it can cause severe birth defects to any future children you may have. Learn more: There are other side effects it can cause that can also be permanent, such as alopecia and IBS. ## From My Experience...ACC...
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could this have caused infertility??
I took Accutane when I was 17 for a few months and then a month when I turned 18 so maybe 5-6 months all together, im 21 now and me and my fiancé have been trying for a baby for about 8 months now and nothing is happening, my periods are irregular so I never really know when im ovulating so that might be the cause, I started looking into Accutane as a cause of infertility and im overwhelmed with everything that ive found. Can someone please tell me if Accutane could be the cause of infertility?? ## Hello, Bluegrassgirl! How are you? If your periods are irregular, it's most likely to be related to that. Years ago, when I had the same problem, it took well over a year for me to become pregnant with my son. Have you consulted an OB Gyn? That should be able to do some testing to le...
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Accutane and Fatigue
Has anybody found any resolve for fatigue induced by accutane? It's been years since I've been off, and I'm so exhausted all of the time. Anybody else suffer from exhaustion? ## Hello, Eric! How are you doing? I am sorry that you're suffering from such fatigue. However, are you certain that it is due to treat he Accutane? Has this been medically confirmed? There are many other issues that can cause it, so you need to have it checked out to be sure. You may have some other medical issue going on that requires treatment.
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how long does depression last after accutane dose stopped
how long can we expect depressed behavior in our daughter Accutane stopped 2 months ago ## It is hard to say for some it has been a permanent fixture. In fact studies have shown it shrinks the frontal cortex. What has your daughter tried, diet, meditation, exercise etc? Also, have you taken your daughter to see a doctor?
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Finished accutane - lost 5-6 pills and didn't take them - will this affect me?
Hey Guys, Had a question. I just finished my entire cycle of accutane. Now i'm realizing I lost 5-6 pills in the process (they fell down bathroom sink drains when I dropped them or something else). Will this effect me in the long term? ## Hello, Ben! How are you? No, that won't make a difference. Did it work well for you? Did your acne clear up?
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Post Accutane Symptoms!
I had taken Sotret, 30 mg for 2 months back in 2010. without much problem I developed back pain in 2012. In winters I developed elbow and knee pain as well. Back pain went away with exercise and elbow and knee pain went away with summers. Now I am living in Bangalore, thus havent exposed to winters for a year. I have no problem in others joints at all. My question is that can these symptoms which emerged much later than my dosage(tht too very less) can be the reason for such achy (just elbow and knee) joint pain?? My CT scan says everything is right with my skeleton system. ## Just to add. I have other problem. My head hairs are strong, body hairs are few. No stomach problem as such. Nothing as such at all. About from mild depression in 2013.
Updated 4 months ago.
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Possible Dosages for this and Related Drugs:

Isotretinoin
  • Capsule: 10mg, 20mg, 30mg, 40mg
Note: Above list includes dosages for all drugs with the same combination of active ingredients.

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