‘acne’ Category

Avoid while taking Accutane?

· Do not get pregnant while taking Accutane. See “What is the most important information I should know about Accutane?” and “What are the important warnings for females taking Accutane?”

· Do not breast feed while taking Accutane and for 1 month after stopping Accutane. We do not know if Accutane can pass through your milk and harm the baby.

· Do not give blood while you take Accutane and for 1 month after stopping Accutane. If someone who is pregnant gets your donated blood, her baby may be exposed to Accutane and may be born with birth defects.

· Do not take vitamin A supplements. Vitamin A in high doses has many of the same side effects as Accutane. Taking both together may increase your chance of getting side effects.

· Do not have cosmetic procedures to smooth your skin, including waxing, dermabrasion, or laser procedures, while you are using Accutane and for at least 6 months after you stop. Accutane can increase your chance of scarring from these procedures. Check with your prescriber for advice about when you can have cosmetic procedures.

· Avoid sunlight and ultraviolet lights as much as possible. Tanning machines use ultraviolet lights. Accutane may make your skin more sensitive to light.

· Do not use birth control pills that do not contain estrogen (“minipills”). They may not work while you take Accutane. Ask your prescriber or pharmacist if you are not sure what type you are using.

· Talk with your doctor if you plan to take other drugs or herbal products. This is especially important for patients using birth control pills and other hormonal types of birth control because the birth control may not work as effectively if you are taking certain drugs or herbal products. You should not take the herbal supplement St. John’s Wort because this herbal supplement may make birth control pills not work as effectively.

· Talk with your doctor if you are currently taking an oral or injected corticosteroid or anticonvulsant (seizure) medication prior to using Accutane. These drugs may weaken your bones.

· Do not share Accutane with other people. It can cause birth defects and other serious health problems.

· Do not take Accutane with antibiotics unless you talk to your prescriber. For some antibiotics, you may have to stop taking Accutane until the antibiotic treatment is finished. Use of both drugs together can increase the chances of getting increased pressure in the brain. – FDA/Center for Drug Evaluation and Research

Continued – ACCUTANE Medication Guide

Accutane – what is it?

Accutane is used to treat the most severe form of acne (nodular acne) that cannot be cleared up by any other acne treatments, including antibiotics. In severe nodular acne, many red, swollen, tender lumps form in the skin.

These can be the size of pencil erasers or larger. If untreated, nodular acne can lead to permanent scars. However, because Accutane can have serious side effects, you should talk with your prescriber about all of the possible treatments for your acne, and whether Accutane’s possible benefits outweigh its possible risks.

Who should not take Accutane?
· Do not take Accutane if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or become pregnant during Accutane treatment. Accutane causes severe birth defects. All females should read the section “What are the important warnings for females taking Accutane?” for more information and warnings about Accutane and pregnancy.

· Do not take Accutane unless you completely understand its possible risks and are willing to follow all of the instructions in this Medication Guide.

Tell your prescriber if you or someone in your family has had any kind of mental problems, asthma, liver disease, diabetes, heart disease, osteoporosis (bone loss), weak bones, anorexia nervosa (an eating disorder where people eat too little), or any other important health problems. Tell your prescriber about any food or drug allergies you have had in the past. These problems do not necessarily mean you cannot take Accutane, but your prescriber needs this information to discuss if Accutane is right for you.

How should I take Accutane?
· You will get no more than a 30-day supply of Accutane at a time, to be sure you check in with your prescriber each month to discuss side effects.

· Your prescription should have a special yellow self-adhesive sticker attached to it. The sticker is YELLOW. If your prescription does not have this yellow self-adhesive sticker, call your prescriber. The pharmacy should not fill your prescription unless it has the yellow self-adhesive sticker.

· The amount of Accutane you take has been specially chosen for you and may change during treatment.

· You will take Accutane 2 times a day with a meal, unless your prescriber tells you otherwise. Swallow your Accutane capsules with a full glass of liquid. This will help prevent the medication inside the capsule from irritating the lining of your esophagus (connection between mouth and stomach). For the same reason, do not chew or suck on the capsule.

· If you miss a dose, just skip that dose. Do not take 2 doses the next time.

· You should return to your prescriber as directed to make sure you don’t have signs of serious side effects. Because some of Accutane’s serious side effects show up in blood tests, some of these visits may involve blood tests (monthly visits for female patients should always include a urine or serum pregnancy test). – FDA/Center for Drug Evaluation and Research

Continued – What Should I Avoid While Taking ACCUTANE?

Accutane Side Effects – Females

What are the important warnings for females taking Accutane?

You must not become pregnant while taking Accutane, or for 1 month after you stop taking Accutane. Accutane can cause severe birth defects in babies of women who take it while they are pregnant, even if they take Accutane for only a short time. There is an extremely high risk that your baby will be deformed or will die if you are pregnant while taking Accutane. Taking Accutane also increases the chance of miscarriage and premature births.

Female patients will not get their first prescription for Accutane unless there is proof they have had 2 negative pregnancy tests. The first test must be done when your prescriber decides to prescribe Accutane. The second pregnancy test must be done during the first 5 days of the menstrual period right before starting Accutane therapy, or as instructed by your prescriber. Each month of treatment, you must have a negative result from a urine or serum pregnancy test. Female patients cannot get another prescription for Accutane unless there is proof that they have had a negative pregnancy test.

A yellow self-adhesive Accutane Qualification Sticker on your prescription indicates to the pharmacist that you are qualified by your prescriber to get Accutane.

While you are taking Accutane, you must use effective birth control. You must use 2 separate effective forms of birth control at the same time for at least 1 month before starting Accutane, while you take it, and for 1 month after you stop taking it. You can either discuss effective birth control methods with your prescriber or go for a free visit to discuss birth control with another physician or family planning expert. Your prescriber can arrange this free visit, which will be paid for by the manufacturer.

You must use 2 separate forms of effective birth control because any method, including birth control pills and sterilization, can fail. There are only 2 reasons you would not need to use 2 separate methods of effective birth control:

1/ You have had your womb removed by surgery (a hysterectomy).
2/ You are absolutely certain you will not have genital-to-genital sexual contact with a male before, during, and for 1 month after Accutane treatment.

If you have sex at any time without using 2 forms of effective birth control, get pregnant, or miss your period, stop using Accutane and call your prescriber right away. – – FDA/Center for Drug Evaluation and Research

Accutane Information

This information does not take the place of talking with your prescriber (doctor or other health care provider).

sidenote: Accutane Side Effects – Females

What is the most important information I should know about Accutane?
Accutane is used to treat a type of severe acne (nodular acne) that has not been helped by other treatments, including antibiotics. However, Accutane can cause serious side effects. Before starting Accutane, discuss with your prescriber how bad your acne is, the possible benefits of Accutane, and its possible side effects, to decide if Accutane is right for you. Your prescriber will ask you to read and sign a form or forms indicating you understand some of the serious risks of Accutane.

Possible serious side effects of taking Accutane include birth defects and mental disorders.
1. Birth defects. Accutane can cause birth defects (deformed babies) if taken by a pregnant woman. It can also cause miscarriage (losing the baby before birth), premature (early) birth, or death of the baby. Do not take Accutane if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant while you are taking Accutane. Do not get pregnant for 1 month after you stop taking Accutane. Also, if you get pregnant while taking Accutane, stop taking it right away and call your prescriber. All females should read the section in this Medication Guide “What are the important warnings for females taking Accutane?”

sidenote: What is Accutane?

2. Mental problems and suicide. Some patients, while taking Accutane or soon after stopping Accutane, have become depressed or developed other serious mental problems. Symptoms of these problems include sad, “anxious” or empty mood, irritability, anger, loss of pleasure or interest in social or sports activities, sleeping too much or too little, changes in weight or appetite, school or work performance going down, or trouble concentrating.

Some patients taking Accutane have had thoughts about hurting themselves or putting an end to their own lives (suicidal thoughts). Some people tried to end their own lives. And some people have ended their own lives. There were reports that some of these people did not appear depressed. No one knows if Accutane caused these behaviors or if they would have happened even if the person did not take Accutane. – FDA/Center for Drug Evaluation and Research

Acne Skin Care Maintenance

Acne is characterised as a diseased precondition of the skin that affects the hair and oil secretions. It’s qualified by pimples, blackheads, white heads, redness and cysts. Facial and body acne may impair your appearance heavily and can genuinely ruin your day by making you ill at ease and self conscious.

Considering acne as a modest problem, some people are inclined to altogether cast away troubling zit problems, but the importance of acne skin-care can’t be undermined in in any event. 

Commencing an acne skin care regimen really should start a good deal before the acne actually appears, and being more proactive about your acne problems rather than reactive. Managing your pimples is about being aware and taking preventive steps. Skin care acne plan is about sticking with a daily skin care routine and all over discipline.  So let’s take a look at how acne skin care maintenance can be practised in your regular daily routine.

‘Acne maintenance begins with the most primary and basic step – cleanliness. Therefore morning showers are the most common means of maintaining the skin clean. As a matter of fact, many people take night showers also (that not merely assists in keeping your skin cleansed but besides allows relaxation to your body and enables a beneficial sleep).

If you’re living in a hot and/or humid environment, a night shower becomes essential. As a matter of fact, a shower is advisable after any activity that induces high levels of sweat to build up. It is really an effective skin care technique.

Nevertheless, taking care of your  pimples is not about merely taking showers. Acne skin care is also about wearing clean clothes and sleeping on fresh, clean pillows. Furthermore, too stringent clothes can stimulate sweat to accumulate promptly; and so soft and comfortable cotton clothes are advisable, particularly if you already have acne.  In the same sense, acne skin care likewise recommends steady cleaning of your make-up brush and whatever equipment that you may apply on your body.

In addition to that, you should also apply a mild, water-soluble, oil-free and soap-free cleanser for maintaining your face, neck and arms clean. Cleansing is the most significant component of any acne skincare program.

Cleaners are the easiest and the most efficient manner of getting rid of dirt, grease, pollutants and unnecessary oil from your skin; therefore cutting down the chance of acne  from happening.  Skin care acne maintenance also recommends removing your make up utilizing a make up remover, and this should occur prior to bed time (not in the morning).

If you already have acne, don’t attempt to touch them or squeeze them; it can contribute to permanent scars. acne skin care suggests gentle cleansing and cleaning of the involved area employing an over-the-counter medication and a clean/soft cotton pad.

There are assorted acne skin care creams and lotions readily available over-the-counter (many of these acne skin care products are really cleansers). All the same, if these skin care measures do not leave you the desired results, contact a dermatologist for acne skin care advice and treatment.