How dangerous is Isotetrinoin?

I have been on ampicillin pills for over a year and my dermatologist prescribed Isotetrinoin. I'm afraid of the severe side effects, how "rare" are these instances? Is it safe on mild acne vs. cystic acne?

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Esta Kronberg, M.D.

Published on Sep 07, 2013

I agree with your doctor. We use Ampicillin for many other medical problems. By using it for your acne, you could be using up a valuable antibiotic. Since you are on Ampicillin, it means you have been resistant to the other antibiotics we normally use for acne. I feel the side effects and complications of 5 months of Isotretinoin is far less than years of taking Ampicillin. As long as your doctor starts you on low dose and gradually builds you up, you should have no problems from the Isotretinoin. The worst part is having to be seen once a month and the blood work. If you have insurance that covers the costs, it is a good plan. The expense is also the other difficult part of this treatment plan. You will be so much happier taking the Isotretinoin for 5 months and hopefully curing your acne. In addition, this medicine helps get rid of old
scars and has an anti-scarring effect for 1 year. Most patients are thrilled with the long-term results of their
Isotretinoin. The main side effect you will notice is dry lips. This can all be controlled by the dose you are taking. Good luck to you. I think you will be very happy with your treatment.

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Answered by Esta Kronberg, M.D.

I agree with your doctor. We use Ampicillin for many other medical problems. By using it for your acne, you could be using up a valuable antibiotic. Since you are on Ampicillin, it means you have been resistant to the other antibiotics we normally use for acne. I feel the side effects and complications of 5 months of Isotretinoin is far less than years of taking Ampicillin. As long as your doctor starts you on low dose and gradually builds you up, you should have no problems from the Isotretinoin. The worst part is having to be seen once a month and the blood work. If you have insurance that covers the costs, it is a good plan. The expense is also the other difficult part of this treatment plan. You will be so much happier taking the Isotretinoin for 5 months and hopefully curing your acne. In addition, this medicine helps get rid of old
scars and has an anti-scarring effect for 1 year. Most patients are thrilled with the long-term results of their
Isotretinoin. The main side effect you will notice is dry lips. This can all be controlled by the dose you are taking. Good luck to you. I think you will be very happy with your treatment.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


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