Hi, I'm contemplating whether to do another course of accutane as it's the only thing that has ever worked to clear up acne. I know there are potential side effects so wanted to find out if taking Vitamin A supplements in capsule form could be used as an alternative to going back onto Accutane. I understand there is danger of Vitamin A toxicity so wanted to find out how Vitamin A supplements compare to Accutane capsules in terms of dosage/amount of Vitamin A. Thanks
Accutane vs. Vitamin A Supplements
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Vitamin A vs. Accutane
Although going on a course of accutane involves visits, bloodwork and potential side effects you have already been on it. In my experience patients who have gone on a second course of accutane had a much easier time with fewer side effects than they had with their first course. The problem with taking vitamin A capsules is that it can lead to toxicity and there is no protocol with dosage and blood monitoring, I would not recommend taking vitamin A capsules instead of Accutane.
Accutane versus Vitamin A supplements
The amount of Vitamin A supplements needed to try to obtain the effects of Accutane would be toxic. Please don't do it.
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