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Low dose side effects

I took a course of 40mg/day and the worst side effect I got was a really red face. Kind of embarrassing to constantly tell people you have a "sun burn" for 6 months. Acne came back, though not quite as bad. I'm going to be on 20mg/day this time. Should the "red face" effect be less on a lower dose?

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Yes, that's very likely (though not guaranteed). Here's a link to a study abstract, showing that using low doses of Accutane (10-20 mg) was "quite adequate for most individuals with acne vulgaris", while significantly reducing the side effects: http://www3.interscience.wiley.com/journal...=1&SRETRY=0

There's also a thread about it here: http://www.acne.org/messageboard/Dose-Accutane-t102353.html

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Hi there

Yes the red sunburn look should definetly be less, the lower the dosage.

The important thing to think about though, seeing you are prone to this side effect, is the risk that further oral treatment may lead to permanent Rosacea. It is not uncommon for some post-accutane users to find that once they get off the med, things like redness and flushing don't always return to normal like their Derm advises them it will, and they find themselves in the position of dealing with another diagnosed skin condition. Just something to think about before making your decision, so that you know what the risk is.

Best, Shantelle

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