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Accutane Faqs Document

06 October 2013 - 06:14 PM

Hi everyone


This thread is mainly for people already taking Accutane but also for people considering taking it.
The attached PDF document contains a compilation of answers to Accutane-related FAQs.
Attached File  !Accutane FAQs.pdf   1.27MB   1378 downloads
The following common Accutane questions are answered, with relevant figures/tables from scientific journals included:

  • What are the indications for Accutane? (Page 4)
  • How effective is Accutane? (Page 5)
  • Why is Accutane so effective? (Page 6)
  • How long does Accutane take to work? (Page 8)
  • Will I get an initial breakout from Accutane? (Page 9)
  • Should Accutane be taken with food? (Page 10)
  • Is my dose correct? (Page 11)
  • What are the common side effects of Accutane? (Page 12)
  • Will my oil return after Accutane? (Page 14)
  • Should I drink alcohol while on Accutane? (Page 15)
  • Can supplements help reduce the side effects of Accutane? (Page 16)
  • How do I pass my Accutane tests? (Page 17)
  • What drugs does Accutane interact with? (Page 18)
  • How long until Accutane is out of my system? (Page 19)
  • What is the chance of my acne returning after Accutane? (Page 20)
  • How many courses of Accutane do people normally take? (Page 21)
  • Should I use a maintenance therapy after Accutane? (Page 22)

Hope this helps!


23 March 2011 - 07:56 PM

As you may have seen in some of my otherposts, the 30-year body of scientific evidence on Accutane strongly suggests that <1% of people get a significant side effect from this drug - despite all the negative media attention it receives. Opponents of Accutane, notably anti-Accutane lawyers, argue that this figure is an underestimate because patients "hide" their side effects from their doctors so that the latter has no reason to take them off it.

I have several comments/questions on this position taken by opponents of Accutane:

First, to my knowledge, there is no scientific evidence (exclusive of the FDA) suggesting that >1% of people get a significant side effect from Accutane, whether during or after treatment.

Second, considering the hype and stigma associated with this drug, wouldn't people on Accutane be quite keen to reveal their side effects, especially severe ones, to their Dermatologists?

Third, what are these "severe" side effects that patients are supposedly "hiding" from their doctors in an attempt to get clear skin? Are they hiding a case of irritable bowel syndrome?

Finally, there have been several long-term follow-up studies of Accutane (up to 10 years follow-up), and those studies still consistently show a <1% prevalence of severe side effects. Patients have long finished their course by then so there's no reason to suppress any side effect.

It could be argued that patients "forget" about their side effects by 10 years, but how can a side effect be serious if it is forgotten about?