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Accutane

Are you currently taking or thinking about treating your acne with Accutane?

  - Well here's some information to consider ...


Accutane, also known as Isotretinoin, Absorica, Amnesteem, Claravis, Myorisan, Sotret or Zenatane is a medication commonly used to treat severe acne. It works by adding high amounts of vitamin A into the bloodstream, which feed into the oil glands and dry them out


Using Accutane can quickly become harmful as it doesn't just eliminate oil production in the skin, but all our internal organs ... High doses of Vitamin A taken during pregnancy can also cause some serious birth defects. It's critically important not to take Accutane while pregnant and to avoid pregnancy while taking it


In the first few weeks of treatment, about 1 in 5 patients get a little worse and 1 in 500 get much worse. Some do get better, or better for a while, but often with severe complications ... The typical patient takes Accutane for 4 to 6 months, but some need to be "retreated" for an additional 4 to 6 months, adding exposure time to its toxicity ...


The more Accutane one takes, the greater the chance of cure. Unfortunately, side effects depend on the dose as well ... With high doses one gets rather nasty side effects, check them out below


Common effects of Accutane

  1. 90% of patients experience chapped lips

  2. 80% experience dry skin and itching

  3. 80% experience dryness of the nose and mild nosebleeds (80%)

  4. 40% experience Irritation of the eyelids and eyes

  5. 15% experience joint and muscle pains

  6. 10% experience thinning hair

  7. 7% experience skin rashes (7%)

  8. 5% experience intestinal symptoms or damage to the intestines

  9. 5% experience bladder and urinary symptoms

  10. 5% experience headaches or migraines

  11. 5% experience increased sensitivity to UV light

  12. 1% experience impaired night vision

  13. 1% experience depression and or suicidal thoughts


Other known side effects

  1. Dry mouth / problems producing saliva

  2. Erectile dysfunction

  3. Vaginal dryness

  4. Difficulty Urinating

  5. Loss of libido

  6. Psychosis

  7. Hallucinations

  8. Aggressive or violent behavior

  9. Pancreatitis

  10. Can turn the whites of the eyes yellow

  11. Gastrointestinal bleeding

  12. Diarrhea

  13. Anaphylaxis

  14. Fatigue (feeling tired)

  15. High cholesterol

  16. Cardiac arrest (heart attacks)


Accutane can deter a healthy lifestyle as its manufacturers recommend almost all forms of exercise be avoided as muscle aches, and the ability to move your legs around comfortably can develop. It can also increase the level of blood fats to risky levels and can lead to high cholesterol which puts one at risk of heart-attacks; it can also damage the liver (why regular blood tests are necessary during treatment)


Bottom line, think hard before using this medication to treat acne. There are much healthier and safer ways to lessen skin oil & mucous production such as changing your diet, improving and or seeing a specialist for a bioavailable hormone replacement therapy


Book an appointment and discuss which options are best for treating your acne


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