I'm on Accutane and haven't seen any improvements , is there anything I can do to help the process along?

I have been on acnetane for 5 weeks now but haven't seen any results yet. Im actually worried as the first time i went on the treatment my skin showed significant improvement in a month, the only difference with the first treatment is that i was on the pill. Right now I can't go on the pill as I have severe migraines which im on treatment for also.

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No improvements on Accutane

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This medication works on an accumulative dosage, an usually the results start becoming visible between 4-8 weeks after initiation. Sometimes when the acne is so inflammatory and severe, steroids or NSAIDs must be also given, or if a skin infection is present (most commonly folliculitis) and antibiotic may be also added (except tetracyclines). If these are not the cases, then the dose of isotretinoin should be increased (30-60 mg per day). Don't increase the dose until you see your Dermatologist first. I'm sure after the second month on isotretinoin your skin will be much more better 


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No improvements on Accutane

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You can make sure you are taking Accutane with the most caloric and fat meal that you eat daily. This ensures the best absorption rate for the medication. Accutane is a progressive medication meaning it will improve the more mg you take because it's based on getting a specific amount of the medication into your system over a time period. Just because you were on it once before does not mean it will go exactly the same. Stick with it.

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Las Vegas Dermatologist
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