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What are the dangers and side effects of taking Acutane for severe acne?

By Anonymous July 10, 2009 - 10:05am
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My nephew has started taking acutane for sever acne. As I understand it, this is a very powerful drug. Does anyone know any dangers or side effects that may occur from taking this drug?

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I've never been on it, but both of my sisters and my dad have all been on it at different times.

I know there is a huge risk of SEVERE birth defects if you take it while pregnant. Their dermatologists strongly advised that my sisters be on birth control while taking it. I guess that won't be an issue for nephew though :)

As I recall it also makes you very sun sensitive, you sunburn very easily. It also dries out the skin, especially the lips.

It is a very strong drug, but it has worked for everybody that I know that has taken it. Good luck to your nephew.

July 10, 2009 - 12:11pm
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