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Accutane: Acne treatment of Last Resort

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Accutane Dosage: How much is too much?

Accutane Dosage- Recommended amounts 

The recommended Accutane dosage ranges from 0.5 to 1.0 milligrams per 2.2 pounds of body weight, divided into two doses per day for 15 to 20 weeks. In severe cases of acne, the doctor may increase the Accutane dosage to as much as 2 milligrams per 2.2 pounds of body weight. If your severe cystic acne persists after a period of two months after stopping therapy, your doctor may prescribe a second course of treatment. 

Accutane overdosage: 

Any medication taken in excess of the recommended amount can cause serious consequences.  If for any reason you suspect an overdose of Accutane you should seek medical attention immediately. 

Accutane overdosage similar to overdosage of vitamin A can cause: 

Abdominal pain, dizziness, dry or cracking lips, facial flushing, incoordination and clumsiness, headache, vomiting 

How should you take this acne medicine? 

Your Accutane dosage should be taken two times a day with a meal unless your doctor tells you otherwise.  You should swallow the capsule rather than sucking or chewing on it.  It is usually recommended that you take it with a full glass of milk, water or other nonalcoholic liquid.  You should always follow your doctor's instructions carefully. 

Depending upon your reaction to this acne medicine, your doctor may need to adjust the dosage upward or downward.  If you respond quickly and well, your doctor may take you off of this medicine even before the usual 15 to 20 weeks are up. 

After you're finished taking Accutane, you should usually wait at least two months before you resume treatment.  This is because you actually may continue to get better even though you're no longer taking the medicine.  After the two month “rest period” is over, if your acne is still severe, your doctor may want to give you second course of this medication. If you are still growing, your doctor may recommend an even longer rest period. 

  • Additional recommendations when using Accutane: 

  • Avoid consumption of alcoholic beverages

  • Read the patient information leaflet that comes with the product.

  • Do not crush the capsules.

  • Do not share Accutane with anyone because of the risk of birth defects and other serious side effects.

If you miss your Accutane dosage... 

Take your forgotten Accutane dosage as soon as you remember.  If it is almost time for your next dose, you need to skip the one you miss and move back to your regular dosage schedule.  You should never take two doses at one time. 

Storage instructions... 

You should always store Accutane at room temperature away from the light.

Information from The PDR Pocket Guide to Prescription Drugs 

Additional Information and webpage by Paul Susic MA Licensed Psychologist Ph.D. Candidate                                      

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