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Accutane

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Out of 10
Satisfaction
7.5
8.2  Effectiveness
5.2  Side Effects
7.4  Holistic Benefits

RateADrug users have reported 5 Accutane side effects and 3 Accutane benefits.

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Treatment Information
The generic name of Accutane is isotretinoin. This drug is used in the treatment of acne.
Inactive ingredients of Accutane are beeswax, butylated hydroxyanisole, edetate disodium, hydrogenated soybean oil flakes, hydrogenated vegetable oil and soybean oil.
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Effectiveness of Accutane by Condition
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Reported Changes in Health and Well-Being
Since taking Accutane, RateADrug survey participants noticed these changes in their health:
Effect on:Much WorseWorseNo ChangeBetterMuch Better
Appetite 0% 7.8% 90.2% 2% 0%
Balance/Equilibrium 0% 0% 100% 0% 0%
Blood Pressure 2% 3.9% 92.2% 2% 0%
Breathing 0% 2% 96% 2% 0%
Confidence 2% 9.8% 60.8% 15.7% 11.8%
Coordination/Motor Skills 0% 2% 98% 0% 0%
Digestion 0% 6% 94% 0% 0%
Emotional Well-being 1.9% 13.5% 67.3% 9.6% 7.7%
Energy 0% 7.8% 86.3% 5.9% 0%
Eyesight 0% 11.8% 84.3% 3.9% 0%
Memory 2% 0% 92.2% 3.9% 2%
Mental Clarity 0% 5.9% 90.2% 3.9% 0%
Pain 2% 6% 88% 4% 0%
Patience 0% 5.9% 86.3% 5.9% 2%
Sexual Health 2% 4% 94% 0% 0%
Skin Complexion 9.6% 5.8% 23.1% 15.4% 46.2%
Sleep 0% 4% 84% 12% 0%
Stress Level 2% 13.7% 70.6% 5.9% 7.8%
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Commonly Reported Accutane Side Effects
RateADrug survey participants experienced these commonly reported side effects:
Effect on:NoneMildModerateStrongSevere
Allergic Reaction 94% 4% 0% 2% 0%
Anxiety 80% 20% 0% 0% 0%
Blistering 90% 4% 6% 0% 0%
Blurred Vision 70% 20% 10% 0% 0%
Breathing Difficulties 77.8% 11.1% 11.1% 0% 0%
Change in Skin Coloring 82% 14% 2% 2% 0%
Cold Symptoms 90% 0% 0% 0% 10%
Confusion 90% 10% 0% 0% 0%
Depression 70% 10% 20% 0% 0%
Diarrhea 88.9% 11.1% 0% 0% 0%
Dizziness 94.1% 5.9% 0% 0% 0%
Drowsiness 90% 10% 0% 0% 0%
Dry Eyes 70.7% 9.8% 9.8% 9.8% 0%
Dry Skin 26% 16% 12% 34% 12%
Fatigue 86.3% 9.8% 3.9% 0% 0%
Fever 88.9% 11.1% 0% 0% 0%
Gas 88.9% 11.1% 0% 0% 0%
Headache 80.4% 11.8% 7.8% 0% 0%
Insomnia 88.9% 0% 11.1% 0% 0%
Irregular Heartbeat 88.9% 11.1% 0% 0% 0%
Itching 74% 20% 2% 2% 2%
Mood Swings 60% 10% 20% 0% 10%
Muscle Cramping 70% 20% 0% 10% 0%
Nausea 84% 12% 2% 2% 0%
Redness 54% 26% 4% 12% 4%
Scaling 81.6% 10.5% 5.3% 0% 2.6%
Sensitivity to Light 76% 10% 8% 6% 0%
Sexual Dysfunction 88.9% 11.1% 0% 0% 0%
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Less Commonly Reported Accutane Side Effects
RateADrug survey participants experienced less commonly reported side effects:
Effect on:NoneMildModerateStrongSevere
Behavioral / Mood Disorder 90% 6% 2% 2% 0%
Breast Tenderness 96% 2% 2% 0% 0%
Change in Sex Drive 92% 4% 2% 2% 0%
Change in Weight 96% 2% 0% 2% 0%
Depression 92.7% 0% 7.3% 0% 0%
Drowsiness 95.1% 2.4% 2.4% 0% 0%
Eye / Vision Problems 94% 2% 4% 0% 0%
Fever 0% 0% 100% 0% 0%
Hearing Loss 98% 2% 0% 0% 0%
High Blood Pressure 97.6% 0% 2.4% 0% 0%
Hives 0% 0% 0% 0% 100%
Leg and/or Foot Cramping 98% 0% 2% 0% 0%
Liver Damage 96% 2% 0% 0% 2%
Mood Swings 80.5% 7.3% 9.8% 2.4% 0%
Muscle / Joint Pain 90% 6% 2% 2% 0%
Reduced Libido 90% 0% 5% 5% 0%
Scaling 83.3% 8.3% 8.3% 0% 0%
Suicidal Tendencies 92% 8% 0% 0% 0%
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Episodes since taking Accutane
Since taking Accutane Rate a Drug survey participants reported these episodes:
Heart attack 1.6%
Seizure 1.6%
Stroke 1.6%
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User Comments about Accutane
07 Aug 2012 I've already experiences a sharp decline in the amount of acne on my face. The only downsides are that it has caused my skin to become somewhat dry and reddened at times, but my doctor said that this is normal and will subside after I finish the treatment. The dermatologist is also very cautious about the more serious possible side effects and takes a blood sample every so often. I would recommend using accutane if everything else has not worked for you.
   —Posted by Anonymous
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16 Apr 2012 I enjoyed using it, the product cleared up my skin.
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29 Mar 2011 Overall I am satisfied with Accutane. It produced amazing results for my skin. But I would only recommend it for cases of extremely severe acne.
   —Posted by JeeJee
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19 Dec 2010 worked really well with my acne, only downside is the dry skin
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07 Dec 2010 I am not currently taking accutane - I took it about 15 years ago and it pretty much cleared up my acne that I had from about 13-30+
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