There are many skin conditions, and one that affects mostly adolescents is acne. As this condition comes in many types, so are the medications for each case. The most widely used treatment for acne, especially the severe nodular acne type, is accutane.

If you are suffering from such kind of acne, you firstly must consult your doctor regarding usage of acutane as it exhibits wide-ranging side effects. Despite the guaranteed effectiveness of using this for treating nodular acne, a lot of patients have experienced adverse reactions to it.

The most common effects upon using this medication are conjunctivitis or more known as pinkeye, drying of one or more of the following – skin, lips, mouth and nose, irritation especially itchy spots, pain in the joints and nose bleeding. The eye problem could be brought about if the drug has been carelessly used during the night. The conjunctivitis may even result to impaired vision following treatment with accutane. The drying may be caused due to the ability of accutane to cause one become sensitive to sunlight and other sources of UV rays such as tanning beds and products.

There are  cases of depression as a result of taking accutane.  Therefore when a person is taking the medication, he or she needs to be monitored carefully by the doctor who prescribes it and also family members.  Such depression could lead to suicide as it happens in some cases.

In less common cases, patients may suffer from accutane side effects that will include pain in the chest, bowel inflammation, delayed healing of wounds, fatigue, thinning hair or hair loss, discomfort upon urinating and vomiting. Other patients have reported to encounter problems during menstruation upon using this medication.

Improper, prolonged and/or unnecessary use of this drug has also been linked to the occurrence of other skin conditions and infections. Among these are impetigo (crusty and erosive blisters), paronychia (infection in the tissues found nearby nails, fingers or toes), and pyogenic granuloma (overgrowth of tissue due to irritation or physical trauma).

Women who are pregnant or trying to be are strongly prohibited to take this drug. This is because of the other serious side effect accutane presents – defects to the fetus such as mental retardation and physical deformities. Other people who should not be taking this are those:

  • taking vitamin A supplements as conflicting chemical reactions may arise
  • with allergies to paraben, an ingredient in accutane
  • with medical/family history of mental illness or depression
  • suffering from liver and/or heart diseases, asthma, diabetes, osteoporosis and
    eating disorders

Meanwhile, know that the dosage could be patterned according to your unique condition. Regardless of the prescribed intake, doctors and experts suggest that each capsule must be chugged down with a large glass of water. This is to prevent irritating side effects to the esophagus.

Given these multifaceted effects intake of accutane can bring about, it is crucial to take the drug with extreme caution. Upon using this medication, it is preferable for you to take blood and liver tests. These examinations will help your doctor observe whether your body and especially the targeted acne are responding accordingly to the dosage. Through this, at once even the slightest hint your body might respond to accutane negatively, medication can be discontinued right away and alternative treatments can be pursued.

Always remember that the side effects of Accutane can be very harmful, therefore you need the doctor’s prescription and guidance if you are  taking Accutane.


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