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yem52300 03-07-2003 08:25 AM

accutane vs. anitbiotics
Sorry if this topic has been posted before, but I wanted to know exactly what accutane is and how it works? Is it an antibiotic, so that your acne can develop some kind of resistance to it then come back stronger? Is this what happens to people who get acne after accutane? Thanks

SamitaChohan 03-08-2003 05:19 AM

I have a leaflet about roaccutane i'll just round off what it says about it:

Roaccutane is the active ingredient Isotretinoin, Isotretinoin is one of a group medicines known as Retinoids used to treat skin problems.

Roaccutane is used to treat particular types of acne Cystic,Conglobate,Vulgaris or serve acne in patients who do not respond to other treatments or in patients where acne returns after 1st improving.

SamitaChohan 03-08-2003 05:28 AM

Acne may get worse while on the drug but then improve but the derms will keep you on it aslong as they think you need it and that will be until the acne cures so it may take 3 months to clear if your lucky or you may need to be on it for say 6 months or longer it all depends on how your body reacts to the drug.

What i know is that they say people with acne have a disease in there oil glands where more bacteria than usual is being produced evne though everyone has bacteria in there oil glands but people with acne normally have over reactive oil glands pumping more oil to the surface of the skin or the oil gets clogged under bloked pores and forms nasty spots. So the drug works directly on the oil glands and trys to control them thats why it make take time.

Hope this was some help

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