Treat severe nodular acne with Accutane
Acne is an ailment that virtually everybody is scared of. It majorly attacks the face, which is a very visible part of the body. Furthermore, it often leaves scars on the skin even after treatment. Accutane has been proven to be a very effective cure for treating all types of acne including severe nodular acne. In most cases, it is only recommended after other antibiotics and acne medicines were tried without much result. This is due to how strong and effective it is in curing stubborn acne. Accutane medicine is sometimes recommended for the treatment of other skin ailments apart from acne. It was approved by the US FDA in 1982.
How it works
Acne has been linked to the production of too much oil by the oil glands in the skin. Accutane works by decreasing the oil quantity produced by the skin’s oil gland. This help to stop the development of acne on the skin. It further increases the renewal rate of the skin, leading to fast skin renewal. The skin with acne and acne scars is thus renewed to a clearer version. The molecular formula of Accutane is C20H28O2 and the molar mass is 300.44 g/mol.
Possible side effects of using Accutane
Accutane side effects include common ones such as toenails or fingernails changes, rash, itching, peeling skin, cracking, dryness of the skin, nose, mouth, lips, nervousness, drowsiness, dizziness, back pain and joint pain.
More serious side effects could include fracture, bone pain, joint stiffness, red skin rash, peeling, severe blistering, easy bleeding or bruising, purple spots beneath the skin, flu symptoms, body aches, chills, fevers, tarry, bloody or black stools, rectal bleeding, severe diarrhea, jaundice, clay colored stools, dark urine, appetite loss, fast heart rate, vomiting, nausea, severe pain spreading from upper stomach to the back, seizure, hearing loss, ringing in the ears, hearing problems, severe and sudden pain or headache, blurred vision, sudden weakness or numbness, majorly on a particular side of the body and depression. If you notice any of these major side effects, contact your doctor at once.
Precautions and warnings
It is important that you tell your doctor if you are taking some medication types, as they can react negatively with Accutane. The medication types include tetracycline, minocycline, doxycycline, demeclocycline, phenytoin and steroids. You should not use the medication if you have parabens or isotretinoin allergy, if you are planning to get pregnant or if you are pregnant. This is because it could cause birth defects that could be severe.
You will be advised to take birth control pills during the medication up to 30 days after you stop taking the medication. Other information you should give to your doctor include if you have a liver disease, anorexia nervosa or other eating disorders, asthma, diabetes, intestinal disorder, bone disorders, triglycerides, high cholesterol, heart disease, mental illness, family or personal depression history. Do not donate blood when you are using Accutane drug and for a minimum of 30 days after. You should not use the drug alongside other Accutane alternatives.
You are expected to take Accutane doses in line with the prescription of the doctor. You should not take a smaller or larger Accutane dose or continue to take it beyond the time specified by the doctor. Accutane uses for more than 30 days in a row should be avoided. Swallow the capsule as quickly as possible and avoid chewing or sucking on them.
5 years acne-free and counting: I started having moderate acne on my face by the time I was 11 years. It later spread to other parts of my face getting really bad on my jawline and lower cheeks. I also had oily skin and this prompted me to try a lot of antibiotic and tropical pills. The pills only made my skin flaky and red. I was initially discouraged from trying Accutane, due to what I read about my side effects. Since I had no other choice, I was forced to go ahead, and the result has been amazing. Compared to how I feel now and the results, the side effects were nothing. I only regret not using Accutane earlier.
Ryan Healey: I am a male that had suffered so much from acne, visited 3 dermatologists and tried every suggestion I could get. The dermatologist I currently use placed me on Accutane. It was effective for clearing my acne, even though my lips got dry.