What You Should Know Before Taking Accutane
Accutane is a prescribed medication used for
treating serious forms of
acne that haven't
responded well to other treatments. These
forms include: nodular acne, and cystic acne.
Acne is formed when excess oils clog skin pores and cause a build-up to occur.
This, in turn, causes lesions to form. We know these lesions
Sometimes, these pimples can for nodules, which are often painful and remain
on the skin for a longer period of time. Over that time, the nodules can turn into cysts, which often require draining
by a physician.
This type of acne can persist for weeks, or sometimes, even months, and is
one of the most severe types. If the treatment you have sought isn't responding, you might consider Accutane as a possible
treatment. There are, however, some things you should know before making the decision to take this medication.
Accutane has been found to be effective in treating more severe types of
acne, but can have serious side effects. Before taking this drug, your prescriber will ask you to read and sign a form
covering these side effects. You can only begin treatment after verifying you understand and agree to them.
One of the most serious possible side effects of taking Accutane is
that it can cause possible birth defects in unborn children. It may even cause a woman to miscarry during pregnancy,
premature birth, or stillbirth. It is advised that women who are or might be pregnant do not take this medication.
Doctors are also requiring women taking the drug to take a pregnancy test every month so they can stop taking it immediately
if it yields a positive result.
Physicians also advise against taking Accutane if you plan to become
pregnant, and say you should not get pregnant for at least a month after you have stopped taking
Another harmful side effect of Accutane is the development of mental
problems in patients that can even result in suicide. Symptoms of these problems include: feeling sad or anxious, feeling
empty, irritability, anger, loss in social activities, sleeping too much or too little, thoughts of suicide, and changes in
weight or appetite. These are only a few of the possible side effects associated with the depression this drug is said
to cause. If you experience any of these symptoms, or others you feel may be leading to depression, consult your doctor
Accutane can be a preferred treatment when nothing else has worked
to clear up you acne. Severe acne can be very physically painful, and can cause social discomfort as well. Discuss
with your physician whether or not the benefits of taking this medication outweigh the possible side effects, and if it is
really worth the risk....