Isotretinoin, also known as Accutane, is well known for being a prescript medicine to treat severe cases of acne in which normal treatment provides no results, thus, for those interested: does Accutane cure acne permanently? The answer to this question is mixed. In some cases, Accutane provides a long-term solution to acne problems, greatly reducing its effects on the patient. In others… It heals them from it permanently.
Still, is a fact that Accutane is a treatment with results in most cases, but the side effects from it can be so heavy that patients have to enroll in a U.S program known as iPLEDGE, a Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
We also warn you: buying (and using) this pill without a prescription can put you in serious risk. We strongly recommend that you refrain from following this treatment without the guidance and prescription of a doctor for obvious safety reasons.
This pill is meant to be used by patients with a severe case of acne, meaning that regular treatments are unsuccessful at dealing with the patient’s symptoms, usually including:
- Deep cysts and nodules accompanied with pain
- Usually big enough to fill parts of the face
- Scars when healing process has completed
Some cases may be different from others, thus, visiting a dermatologist is necessary to decide whether this treatment is compatible with your symptoms. After visits have been done and the treatment has been decided, you will have to sign forms declaring that you are indeed knowledgeable of the possible risks and accept any possible consequences.
Women have to take extra precautions such as:
- Pregnancy tests before and during the treatment.
- Not getting pregnant during the process.
Take in note that dermatologists (and most doctors out there) take your safety as a must, so they may insist and talk with you about other possible solutions if there are any. They will also guide during the process and what you can expect from it. This treatment usually lasts for about five months, less or more depending on the patient.
Close and regular medical supervision will also be a part of this process.
We encourage you, and so will do the experts in this area, to try all treatments and options possible before deciding whether to start this treatment or not.
Risks and side effects.
We have talked about the risks of taking Accutane for quite some time now, but what makes it so dangerous? Well, we are going to share some information about it to let you know why this particular medicament needs so much precaution.
First of all, between 1982 and 2000, according to The New England Journal of Medicine, the Food and Drug Administration program (FDA) reported more than 400 reports of severe suicide related symptoms such as: depression, suicidal ideation, suicide attempts, and… Suicide.
It can also cause some side effects including:
- Dried eyes and lips.
- Nose bleeding
- Pain in joints and limbs
- Serious birth related problems
- Bowel inflammation
- Irritable bowel syndrome
This is why its intake is heavily viewed as dangerous by experts and society, but some claim that its benefits easily outweigh the risks of its treatment, only if taking carefully with the guidance of both and expert and constant medical checks.
For a better insight of Accutane and the process of its treatment, we recommend checking this article written by Caroline Praderio talking about the process she had to undergo while taking the pill.
This ends our post answer on the question “does Accutane cure acne permanently?”. Hope you learned something!