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Is Accutane safe for treatment of severe acne?

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Posted on Wed, 30 Jul 2014
Question: My daughter has just been diagnosed with HPV and had a coloscopy on Thursday. She has bad acne and has been seeing a dermatologist. She is on conventional drug therapy but really wants to take Accutane for her acne. My husband and I have been highly against it....any thoughts? She just finished her first year in college as a nursing student.
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Answered by Dr. Rhea Chanda (3 hours later)
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Accutane contains isoretinoin and is used to treat severe acne . In your daughter's case use of accutane should depend on how severe her acne happens to be . It should be used only after a doctor'spprescription . It does have side effects like burning and rashes if it's sensitive to skin . Hence one has to be sure before taking it . Make sure other hormonal disorders are ruled out some of which cause acne also . Use accutane only with a prescription .
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Brief Answer: accutane Detailed Answer: Hello Accutane contains isoretinoin and is used to treat severe acne . In your daughter's case use of accutane should depend on how severe her acne happens to be . It should be used only after a doctor'spprescription . It does have side effects like burning and rashes if it's sensitive to skin . Hence one has to be sure before taking it . Make sure other hormonal disorders are ruled out some of which cause acne also . Use accutane only with a prescription .