Is Accutane Right for Me?
Disadvantages of Accutane
Accutane can also cause birth defects. It is important that you are not pregnant and do not plan to get pregnant while taking this medicine for acne. Those who take Accutane must use two methods of birth control at the same time. This is done for one month before acne treatment begins, during acne treatment, and for a full month after stopping the drug. Talk with your dermatologist about when it's safe to get pregnant.
Some people with acne become depressed by the changes in the appearance of their skin. Changes in mental health may be intensified during cystic acne treatment or soon after completing a course of medicines like Accutane. A doctor should be consulted if a person feels unusually sad or has other symptoms of depression, such as loss of appetite or trouble concentrating.
Other side effects of this acne drug may include:
- Dry eyes, mouth, lips, nose, or skin
- Muscle aches
- Sensitivity to the sun
- Poor night vision.
More serious side effects include changes in the blood and liver.
To make sure treatment with Accutane is stopped if side effects occur, doctors monitor blood studies that are done before cystic acne treatment is started and also periodically during treatment. Side effects usually go away after the medicine is stopped.