Accutane is best known as the brand name of a prescription oral medication used to treat severe acne. While the manufacturer no longer makes Accutane, generic versions of the Accutane/isotretinoin drug still exist, like Absorica, Amnesteem, Claravis, Myorisan, Sotret and Zenatane.

A form of systemic Vitamin A, Accutane reduces the amount of oil released by the skin. You might also recognize Vitamin A as the active ingredient in retinoids, like Retin-A, which are used topically to treat acne.

Accutane might be a good choice for you if you:

Don’t expect immediate results :
It’s common for acne to get worse before it gets better when starting Accutane.
Can skip happy hour for the duration of treatment :
Accutane is metabolized by the liver, so alcohol can increase the chance of liver damage.
Have time for monthly doctor appointments :
Accutane can affect your liver and cholesterol, so you’ll need to have monthly blood tests. (See more about this below, under “What should I expect during Accutane treatment?”)
Aren’t pregnant or breastfeeding :
Accutane can cause severe birth defects—you’ll have to take pregnancy tests and use two forms of birth control, starting a month before treatment and continuing throughout treatment.

Results:“Most patients see little change except drying and peeling in the first month,”  “By the end of the second month, positive results are beginning to be seen.”At the end of month three, most patients have seen a dramatic change, and at the end of month four, most patients are clear to nearly clear,” he continues. “Results, of course, may vary—so be patient.”

Complications :

A common side effect of Accutane is dryness to your skin, lips, eyes, and nose. More serious side effects include sore muscles and joints, increased lipid profile (cholesterol and triglycerides levels), and in some cases, minor and temporary hair loss.“Hair loss is not a common side effect of Accutane, but it can happen,”

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