How Does Accutane Work & How Should You Take Accutane to Treat Acne?

Accutane is a medication prescribed to patients suffering from nodule super-scarring. These days, the medication is also recommended to patients who are suffering from mild acne or blemish problem and have not got any positive result even after being on antibiotics for long. There are questions which people have about Accutane, so let us discuss some of the common questions asked by people.

Patients who have scares, acne or pimples are prescribed accutane. In addition, patients who are suffering from mild skin problems but have not experienced any positive results even on being on antibiotics can also use this medication.

How Does Accutane Work?

How Does Accutane Work?

Accutane contains vitamin A in synthetic form, which works in two ways: first it helps in reducing the count of bacteria in the hair follicle and secondly it regulates hair follicle keratinization.

How Should I Take Accutane?

You should take accutane as prescribed by the doctor. Accutane works best when taken after lunch but this is not a standard rule. Accutane is absorbed in a better way when taken along with a meal.

The time duration for which Accutane should be taken depends on the severity of the problem. Doctors calculate the dosage and the time. On an average a normal patient should take this medicine at least for four months. However, the time duration also depends on the fact that how strong the medicine is.

Patient may find dryness especially near eyes and lips while taking accutane. Hence, it is very important that one should keep their body hydrated by drinking lot of water and also moisturize the skin in regular basis. For dryness on lips use of good quality lip balm is recommended. As such there are no other serious side effects observed by doctors.

Some of the people had a misconception that use of Accutane can cause depression. But this not true, studies conducted on this have proven that it is a complete myth. In fact, it is observed that patients who take Accutane feel happy and confident when acne and scars starts to get cured. Patients who have a family history of depression may face this problem but it is nowhere concerned with intake of Accutane.

Which is the Best Time to Take Accutane?

As such there are no specific seasons for taking accutane but it said that as it causes dryness so it is better to avoid this medication during winters.

Is Intake of Alcohol Safe with Accutane?

Having one or two drinks is fine but going beyond that can create problem. As such there are no evidences to support this logic but on a general note doctors always say that it is better not to take alcohol when on any medication including accutane. The logic is also true for antibiotics. One should strictly avoid alcohol when on antibiotics.

Do Patients Need to Take Any Other Medicine to Minimize the Pain?

Accutane is one among those medicines, which is considered as immunotherapy. This means that accutane is sufficient to cure acne, scares and pain. Hence, one need not take any other medicine to enhance the effect of accutane. In fact, patients are also asked to stop antibiotics when taking accutane.

How Many Treatment Sessions of Accutane are Required to Get Rid Acne?

One out of every twenty patients may need two sessions of accutane for treating the problem from the cure. Some patients may not need a second session but a mild touchup. Majority of the patients get satisfactory results after first treatment session of Accutane only. The number of Accutane treatment sessions required to get rid of acne or scars also depends on the severity of the problem and the tendency of reoccurrence of the problem.

The above discussion gives a clear idea about all the aspects of accutane medication and this also clear the doubt people have about Accutane treatment.

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Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA
Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA
Written, Edited or Reviewed By: Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA Pain Assist Inc. This article does not provide medical advice. See disclaimer
Last Modified On:July 27, 2017

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