Accutane also known as Isotretinoin is a powerful drug especially used for the treatment of Acne. The drug does not show any immediate improvements in the acne and takes about 4-5 months to completely cure the problem.
It is only used to treat acne when all other treatments have failed and is best for removing scars, cysts and other resulting blemishes. Dermatologist does not recommended using this drug for a long period of time because it has many severe side effects. But as antibiotics and other anti-bacterial need to be taken daily many suggests it is safer to take this drug than using antibiotic for a long period of time.
Accutane like vitamin A is formed naturally in the bloodstream of all people so it is advised to avoid any form of vitamin A while on Accutane. The best thing about this drug is that it can be quickly removed from the bloodstream, which lessens its side effects. Dermatologist strongly recommend not to take this drug in an empty stomach and the patient should regularly monitor the amount of dosage being used because higher dosage often results in greater side effects. Some of the common side effects observed while using this drug are:
- Dry lips, nose and skin
- Bleeding of nose
- Irritation of the eyes
- Joint and muscle pains
- Sever Depression often resulting in suicide
Accutane also increases the level of blood fats, which comes back to normal once the drug is stopped. This increase in the level of fats greatly affects the liver. This drug is strictly prohibited for pregnant women or women planning to get pregnant as it may cause serious birth defects. It also has the capability of slowing down the functionality of birth control pills so an additional method of birth control should be used while using this drug.
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