If you’ve been struggling with acne for some time, and no other treatment is working for you, you might be considering using Accutane.
What is Accutane? What should you consider before undergoing this treatment? Is it successful?
Let’s find out in this article!
What is Accutane?
Accutane is a form of vitamin A. It reduces the amount of oil released by oil glands in your skin and helps your skin renew itself more quickly.
It is used to treat severe nodular acne that has not responded to other treatments, including antibiotics.
It can permanently cure acne for some people, but it does come with some risks and quite a lot of side effects.
What are the side effect
Common side effects of Accutane include:
- Dry skin or rash
- Chapped and dry lips
- Dry nose or nosebleeds
- Dry eyes
- Vision problems
- Back pain, joint pain
Serious side effects of Accutane include:
- Birth defects, premature birth
- Miscarriage, infant death
- Depression, suicidal thoughts, or behavior
- Inflammatory bowel disease
- Crohn’s disease
- Ulcerative colitis
Tell your doctor if you have ever had:
- Depression or mental illness
- Liver disease
- Heart disease or high cholesterol
- Osteoporosis or low bone mineral density
- An eating disorder such as anorexia
- A food or drug allergy
- Intestinal disorder such as inflammatory bowel disease or ulcerative colitis
- Breastfeeding child.
Accutane is not approved for use by anyone younger than 12 years old.
Accutane’s side effects have led to more than 7,000 lawsuits against the manufacturer of Accutane.
What about the results?
Accutane “cures” about half of those people who take it so that they never need to do anything else for acne. There is nothing else in the world that comes close to being this effective for severe acne. The usual patient takes it for 4 to 6 months but it should only be taken under doctor’s observation.
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About the Author: Dr. Donika Vata is a medical doctor from Ferizaj, Kosovo. She studied general medicine from University of Hasan Prishtina.
Dr. Vata has been writing about medical and skincare related issue in journals, social media websites, and books. She was working for some well reputed clinics such as Telehealth Pro- Online consultations, German Cancer Center, and AppLMD. Dr. Donika was also volunteering in the Covid-19 pandemic.
Currently, she is working as a medical doctor and researcher in a dermatology clinic.