I had brain tumors when I was a teenager, so the side affect for "increased cranial pressure," scares me. My dermatologist has been recommending I go on a small dose of this for years and years now. It's the last thing, and only thing we haven't tried. At 24 my cystic acne is not as severe as it was when I was a teenager, but it is still there and still bad enough that it interrupts my daily life. I'm not sure what to do, I feel like I only heaer the bad things about Accutane...
I took Accutane when I was in my twenties. The fact that you had brain tumors is a scary thing to deal with before starting a medication like this. I'm not gonna lie, it was a long and harsh process to go through. I had to do lab work every month to check my liver and kidney function. My lips, eyes, skin, well... just about everything that could be dry was dried out. But I used a lot of lotion, chap stick, eye drops, stool softeners, etc. I also had to drink water constantly so I was always in the bathroom for the 8 month span that I took this medication. Ultimately, for me it was worth it. It cured my acne and oily skin. It even made some of the scarring better. Over the years the oily skin came back but not the acne. I'm almost 40 now and I get a few pimples here and there, mostly around PMS time though. So yes, I think it's completely worth it. In your situation, I would suggest getting an opinion from your primary doctor, or a referral to a neurologist to get their opinion on if the risks outweigh the benefits of Accutane for you. It seems like your dermatologist believes that it is safe for you, but I would want to know what a neurologist thinks. Hope this helps, and good luck to you.
Gas and cramping with digestion issues are the most common . Though acutane is a ab par mes that has been on the shelf decades longer than those newer and more effective. He might want to be using it in a treatment that involves topical medications as well. Who knows your doctor's reasoning. But you should research other medications that fall under your diagnosis and compare them with Actutane.
- Accutane Information for Consumers
- Accutane Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Accutane (detailed)
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