Accutane: Weighing the Pros and Cons

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If you are searching for a solution to your acne problems, one possibility you may have heard of is Accutane. Although the active this solution is just an extract of a widely available nutrient, vitamin A, Accutane packs a very powerful punch: it is almost undoubtedly the most powerful and widely applicable acne medications out there.

Nonetheless, Accutane (also known as Isotretinoin), is controversial. The reason for this is that Accutane can cause very serious side effects. Because of the potential for undesired consequences, Accutane has been tightly regulated in virtually every country in the world–leaving many patients wondering if this medication is worth the trouble at all.

It is important to understand, however, that Accutane can be used quite safely. (And it is, by thousands of patients around the world.) However, in order for this to happen, Accutane must be used under the close supervision of a qualified health professional. Because it is so powerful, Accutane is generally only used as a last resort to help prevent severe acne from causing pain and eventual scarring. However, many patients, desparate to be free of their acne, take the unfortunate step of purchasing Accutane online or from foreign vendors, thus circumventing the safety processes put in place to protect them. This is a mistake. If you believe that Accutane may be worthwhile for you, speak with your dermatologist, and never take action on your own.

An important determining factor when considering whether the benefits of Accutane outweigh the risks is to consider how the side affects of Accutane may interact with health issues that you already experience. This list of common side effects should help you get a better idea of what conditions should be discussed with your dermatologist.

● Even one dose of accutane can cause severe birth defects: women who take accutane must participate in the iPledge program, in which they promise to use both a primary and secondary method of birth control for the duration of their Accutane treatment.

● Accutane increases the risk of experiencing depression and/or anxiety.

● Accutane increases the risk of liver damage, high triglycerides, and pancreatitis.

● Accutane can cause serious headaches and vision changes.

● Accutane can cause severe dryness of the skin. Accutane patients are advised to use a moisturizer and avoid direct contact with the sun.

If you believe that Accutane may be needed to treat your severe acne, you need a qualified dermatologist to monitor your treatment. We can help. Visit us online or schedule an appointment with any of our providers for more information.

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