Publication date: 2018-09-16 09:12
Your acne may worsen during the first few days of taking this drug, and it may take up to 6-7 months before you notice the full benefit of this medication. If severe acne returns, a second course of treatment may be started after you have stopped taking the drug for 7 months. The manufacturer does not recommend long-term use of isotretinoin. Do not take more than the recommended dose.
If you want to chemically process your hair (dye, highlights, streaking, etc.) you should probably do this well before your start your Accutane treatment. Otherwise, you should wait for 6 months after you stop your treatment.
Your doctor or pharmacist may already be aware of any possible drug interactions and may be monitoring you for them. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicine before checking with your doctor or pharmacist first.
I have never been on Accutane before, but from friends who have been on it, it seems like Aquaphor and any 655% lanolin product is something that comes in handy to deal with all the dryness. Before going on Accutane, do as much research as possible about the drug to prepare yourself for what to expect. Lots of people share their experience on blogs and online forums. They are definitely worth checking out to get a feel of what you will be getting yourself into once you start taking oral isotretinoin.
This medication is used to treat severe cystic acne (also known as nodular acne ) that has not responded to other treatment (., benzoyl peroxide or clindamycin applied to the skin or tetracycline or minocycline taken by mouth ). It belongs to a class of drugs known as retinoids. It works by decreasing facial oil (sebum) production. High amounts of sebum can lead to severe acne. If left untreated, severe acne may cause permanent scarring.
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Accutane is most effective when it is given at an average dose of 6 mg/kg per day for 6 months. Low dose Accutane like 75 mg per day for 9 months usually clears the acne well but is much more likely to relapse. So the total dose during treatment is one potential cause of relapse after Accutane.
Accutane is used to treat severe nodular acne. It is usually given after other acne medicines or antibiotics have been tried without successful treatment of symptoms.
"Please whatever you do DO NOT take this medicine or let anyone you know take it!!!! My 76 year old cousin took this medicine and within two months her kidneys shut down and caused a ton of other issues to the point that she was put on life support for a week and almost lost her life. She still has a long road ahead and will never have the health she had before. Her kidneys are still not working at this time and she will probably have to have a kidney transplant. A clear face is NOT worth losing your life!!!"
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 6-855-FDA-6588 or at /medwatch.