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Accutane

What is Accutane?

Accutane is an oral medication used to treat acne. When you first start taking accutane, your acne might get worse before it starts to get better.

Accutane is considered to be a powerful, last resort, medication for severe acne. Usually, people who take accutane have acne that is resistant to standard acne treatments. When you begin taking accutane, you will have to read a disclaimer and sign a consent form.

Complications of Accutane

There are many complications of using accutane. Before you decide if you should use accutane to treat your acne, you should talk with your doctor.

One of the most severe complication is severe birth defects to your unborn child if you become pregnant while taking accutane. Birth defects may include including mental retardation and physical malformations. If you accidentally become pregnant while taking the medication, you should immediately consult your doctor.

Another complication of Accutane is mental problems and suicide. Some people who stopped taking accutane become depressed and have thoughts of suicide.

Common Side Effects of Accutane

Some of the most common side effects of accutane are:

  • dry or fragile skin
  • dry or cracked lips
  • dry mouth
  • dry nose
  • itching
  • joint pains
  • nosebleed
  • bowel inflammation and pain
  • chest pain
  • decreased night vision
  • decreased tolerance to contact lenses
  • delay in wound healing
  • depression
  • fatigue
  • headache
  • nausea
  • peeling palms or soles
  • rash
  • skin infections
  • stomach and intestinal discomfort
  • sunburn-sensitive skin
  • thinning hair
  • urinary discomfort
  • vision problems
  • vomiting

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