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From the desk of Virginia Kash, MD             ACNE 101 FOR PARENTS Having just come off the busy summer checkup season, after seeing scores of teens for their school and sports physicals, I have observed that there is one question that most teens have on their mind: “How do I get rid of my acne?” And having 3 teenagers at home, I know first hand how acne can affect self-esteem during the teen years. Studies show that patients with acne report higher levels of anxiety, depression, frustration, anger, and impairment in self-image.&nb...
Source: Pediatric Health Associates - October 5, 2018 Category: Pediatrics Source Type: news

Medical News Today: What to know about Accutane and Crohn's
Some cases studies have identified a possible link between Accutane, an acne medication, and the development of Crohn ’s disease. Does this medication increase a person’s risk? We look at the research. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - October 1, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Crohn's / IBD Source Type: news

Methylphenidate best drug for hyperactive kids in short-term
But consider non-drug options first, concludes pooled analysis of data from 133 trials Related items fromOnMedica Monthly testing with isotretinoin might be unnecessary CBT helps children to kick obsessions Lorazepam no better than diazepam for child seizures Broader definition of ADHD raises risk of needless treatment One in 10 children in phase I cancer trials respond to drugs (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - August 8, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Medical News Today: Nodular acne: Definition and treatment options
Nodular acne is a severe type of acne that causes hard, painful lesions on the skin. These lesions are signs of inflammation in the deep layers of the skin. In this article, we look at the causes and symptoms of nodular acne. We also cover possible treatments, including antibiotics, isotretinoin, and topical creams. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - May 15, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Dermatology Source Type: news

Transgender adolescents and acne: a cases series - Campos-Mu ñoz L, López-De Lara D, Rodríguez-Rojo ML, Conde-Taboada A, López-Bran E.
We describe the difficulties of treating acne in a series of female-to-male transgender adolescents, including concerns about potential hepatotoxicity with concomitant use of testosterone with isotretinoin or tetracyclines. Acne is a foreseeable adverse ef... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - March 28, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Myorisan (Isotretinoin Capsules) - updated on RxList
(Source: RxList - New and Updated Drug Monographs)
Source: RxList - New and Updated Drug Monographs - February 2, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Amneal Introduces Isotretinoin Capsules, USP
BRIDGEWATER, N.J., Feb. 1, 2018 -- (Healthcare Sales & Marketing Network) -- Amneal Pharmaceuticals has launched isotretinoin capsules, USP, an AB-rated generic for Accutane® in 10 mg, 20 mg, 30 mg and 40 mg strengths. The product is available in cart... Biopharmaceuticals, Dermatology, Generics, Product Launch Amneal Pharmaceuticals, isotretinoin, Accutane (Source: HSMN NewsFeed)
Source: HSMN NewsFeed - February 1, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Tazorac vs. Isotretinoin
Title: Tazorac vs. IsotretinoinCategory: MedicationsCreated: 1/8/2018 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 1/8/2018 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Skin General)
Source: MedicineNet Skin General - January 8, 2018 Category: Dermatology Source Type: news

Isotretinoin-associated Pancreatitis: A Systemic Review Isotretinoin-associated Pancreatitis: A Systemic Review
Pancreatitis due to elevated triglycerides can be a serious complication of isotretinoin therapy. Which patients require monitoring?The British Journal of Dermatology (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - January 2, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Dermatology Journal Article Source Type: news

Daytime wounds heal faster
Wounds sustained at night heal more slowly as healing is affected by circadian rhythm Related items fromOnMedica E-books 'disrupt circadian rhythms' Nobel prize for medicine awarded for insights into circadian rhythm Circadian clock affects heart surgery outcomes No need to delay skin surgery after isotretinoin treatment (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - November 9, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Sotret (Isotretinoin Capsules) - updated on RxList
(Source: RxList - New and Updated Drug Monographs)
Source: RxList - New and Updated Drug Monographs - November 7, 2017 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Consultant-led assessments could cut unnecessary surgery
New general surgery analysis shows how to reduce unwanted differences between hospitals Related items fromOnMedica Vaginal surgery sought by girls as young as nine No need to delay skin surgery after isotretinoin treatment Sharp rise in year-long waits for elective surgery 18-week waits for surgery predicted to double by 2019 Six-month-plus surgery waits triple in four years (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - August 7, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Survey of Australian dermatologists' perceptions and experiences with isotretinoin-induced depression and suicide - Rea S, Tucker S, Frittelli V, Gunnarsson R.
[Abstract unavailable] Language: en... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - July 24, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Association of isotretinoin with depression and suicide: a review of current literature - Oliveira JM, Sobreira G, Velosa J, Telles Correia D, Filipe P.
Acne vulgaris, a condition that can affect people at any age, is the most common cause of referral to a dermatologist. Isotretinoin (ITT) is the most effective treatment available, but serious adverse effects, including a possible association with depressi... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - July 20, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Amnesteem Capsules (Isotretinoin) - updated on RxList
(Source: RxList - New and Updated Drug Monographs)
Source: RxList - New and Updated Drug Monographs - July 12, 2017 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

No need to delay skin surgery after isotretinoin treatment
Expert panel finds no evidence of excess risk from most procedures during drug therapy Related items fromOnMedica Monthly testing with isotretinoin might be unnecessary (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - June 29, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Consensus Statement: Most Skin Procedures OK With Retinoids Consensus Statement: Most Skin Procedures OK With Retinoids
Consensus statement changes recommendation to postpone skin procedures in patients on recent or concurrent systemic isotretinoin, except for manual dermabrasion and fully ablative laser treatments.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - June 28, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Dermatology News Source Type: news

Myorisan (Isotretinoin Capsules) - new on RxList
(Source: RxList - New and Updated Drug Monographs)
Source: RxList - New and Updated Drug Monographs - June 28, 2017 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Absorica (Isotretinoin) - updated on RxList
(Source: RxList - New and Updated Drug Monographs)
Source: RxList - New and Updated Drug Monographs - June 5, 2017 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Marker May Predict Immunotherapy Benefit in High-Risk Neuroblastoma
This video examines how a specific combination of KIR/KIR-ligand genotypes in high-risk neuroblastoma patients may be predictive of outcomes when adding dinutuximab to isotretinoin. (Source: CancerNetwork)
Source: CancerNetwork - April 8, 2017 Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Amy K. Erbe, PhD Tags: Conferences/AACR 2017 Brain Tumors Source Type: news

Accutane (Isotretinoin) - updated on RxList
Learn about the prescription medication Accutane (Isotretinoin), drug uses, dosage, side effects, drug interactions, warnings, reviews and patient labeling. (Source: RxList - New and Updated Drug Monographs)
Source: RxList - New and Updated Drug Monographs - April 7, 2017 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Zenatane (Isotretinoin Capsules) - updated on RxList
(Source: RxList - New and Updated Drug Monographs)
Source: RxList - New and Updated Drug Monographs - January 31, 2017 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

What Are Options for Acne Treatment?
Discussion Acne vulgaris or acne is a problem of the pilosebaceous follicle. It occurs most prominently where sebaceous glands are abundant especially the face, neck, and upper back. Sebum production increases because of androgens. Keratin and sebum clog the pores of the pilosebaceous unit causing hyperkeratosis (clogged pilosebaceous unit = clogged pores = comedomes). Propionibacterium acnes, a gram-negative anaerobe, multiplies in the sebaceous unit causing an inflammatory reaction resulting in moderate or severe acne. Skin lesions include: Comedomal acne has comedomes White heads = closed comedomes Black heads = open...
Source: PediatricEducation.org - January 16, 2017 Category: Pediatrics Authors: pediatriceducationmin Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

Claravis Capsules (Isotretinoin) - new on RxList
(Source: RxList - New and Updated Drug Monographs)
Source: RxList - New and Updated Drug Monographs - November 16, 2016 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Amnesteem Capsules (Isotretinoin) - new on RxList
(Source: RxList - New and Updated Drug Monographs)
Source: RxList - New and Updated Drug Monographs - November 16, 2016 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

How Birth Control Can Change Your Skin
For Teen Vogue, by Phillip Picardi. Here in the beauty department, we’ve already told you about one particular pill that could help with your acne. You know it as Accutane, and while it certainly works for most who try it, it’s a pretty major and serious commitment. But there’s another pill you can take that’s a lot less medically controversial. Yes, you guessed it: birth control. Going on “the pill,” as it’s called, can totally change your skin by regulating your hormones, which is crucial for young women who are still developing, or whose bodies are still adjusting from their ve...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - October 5, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

isotretinoin (Claravis, Amnesteem, Absorica, Myorisan, Zenatane, Sotret, Accutane)
Title: isotretinoin (Claravis, Amnesteem, Absorica, Myorisan, Zenatane, Sotret, Accutane)Category: MedicationsCreated: 12/31/1997 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 9/8/2016 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Skin General)
Source: MedicineNet Skin General - September 8, 2016 Category: Dermatology Source Type: news

Depression screening using health questionnaires in patients receiving oral isotretinoin for acne vulgaris - Schrom K, Nagy T, Mostow E.
Isotretinoin is used to treat severe and recalcitrant acne. Possible side effects include depression, suicide, and suicidal ideation; however, other studies suggest isotretinoin may improve mood and quality of life. Although iPLEDGE consenting warns about... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - June 27, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Experts present first recommendations for treating acne fulminans
SCOTTSDALE, ARIZ. – Patients with acne fulminans should first begin corticosteroid monotherapy before adding isotretinoin, according to the first evidence-based consensus recommendations on this disease. Antibiotics should not be used as first line treatment or monotherapy for acne fulminans,... (Source: Skin and Allergy News)
Source: Skin and Allergy News - June 3, 2016 Category: Dermatology Source Type: news

Women more likely than men to be prescribed inappropriate drugs
Particular issue for those over 65, study suggestsRelated items from OnMedicaNew guidance for elderly with high BPNew evidence on benzodiazepine link to Alzheimer’sFollow clinical guidance to measure BP in both armsMonthly testing with isotretinoin might be unnecessaryGPs often missing best option for heavy periods (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - May 5, 2016 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Acne Drug Isotretinoin (Accutane) Use During Pregnancy
Isotretinoin (Accutane), used to treat severe acne, can severely harm a fetus, causing craniofacial, cardiac and central nervous system defects, and high likelihood of miscarriage or medical termination (Source: Disabled World)
Source: Disabled World - April 28, 2016 Category: Disability Tags: Pharmaceutical - Drug Information Source Type: news

Pregnancy Prevention Program in Acne Drug Users IneffectivePregnancy Prevention Program in Acne Drug Users Ineffective
Results suggest one or two children are born each year with birth defects related to isotretinoin and subpar contraceptive use. Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - April 26, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Ob/Gyn & Women ' s Health News Source Type: news

Women using popular acne drug aren't following advice to avoid pregnancy
(Reuters Health) – The widely used acne drug isotretinoin can cause severe birth defects and miscarriage, yet only about a third of women who use it are taking effective measures to avoid pregnancy, Canadian researchers say. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - April 25, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Birth defects, pregnancy terminations, miscarriages in users of acne drug
Canada's program that aims to prevent pregnancy in women who use the powerful acne drug isotretinoin (Accutane) is not effective, found a new study. Isotretinoin is used to treat severe acne. It can severely harm a fetus, causing craniofacial, cardiac and central nervous system defects, as well as a high likelihood of miscarriage or medical termination, report researchers. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - April 25, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

Medical News Today: Pregnancy guidelines for harmful acne drug not adhered to by many women
A new study suggests around 30-50 percent of women who use the acne drug isotretinoin do not adhere to current pregnancy prevention guidelines. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - April 25, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Pregnancy / Obstetrics Source Type: news

Contraception Safety Program for Acne Drug Failing in Canada
MONDAY, April 25, 2016 -- A Canadian program to prevent pregnancy in women who are taking the acne drug isotretinoin is failing because many women do not follow the program's recommendations, a new study finds. Isotretinoin increases the risk of... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - April 25, 2016 Category: Journals (General) Source Type: news

GP prescribing intervention cuts emergency admissions
The intervention encouraged GPs to review prescribing of NSAIDs to high risk patientsRelated items from OnMedicaYellow Card scheme goes mobile with first appMetformin doesn’t help HbA1c in teens with type 1 diabetes Obese women on the pill more likely to have rare strokeMonthly testing with isotretinoin might be unnecessaryStatins may reduce effectiveness of flu jab (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - March 17, 2016 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Do Acne Patients on Isotretinoin Need Monthly Blood Tests?Do Acne Patients on Isotretinoin Need Monthly Blood Tests?
Dr Graeme Lipper reviews the results of a new meta-analysis. Medscape Dermatology (Source: Medscape Dermatology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Dermatology Headlines - March 15, 2016 Category: Dermatology Tags: Dermatology Viewpoint Source Type: news

Edward Lammer, Doctor Who Linked Acne Drug to Birth Defects, Dies at 62
Mr. Lammer was among the first to establish a link between the acne medicine Accutane and human birth defects, and who became an advocate for the families of affected children. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - March 4, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: SAM ROBERTS Tags: Lammer, Edward Roche Holding AG RHHBY Other OTC Acne Deaths (Obituaries) Birth Defects Source Type: news

Teens and medicines that cause birth defects: Do doctors drop the ball?
My 14-year-old daughter recently started taking isotretinoin, a medication that can help severe acne — and that can cause severe birth defects. I knew that there was a process in place for preventing pregnancy in girls taking it, but I was caught off guard by just how many hoops we had to jump through to get her prescription. There were two pregnancy tests a month apart at the beginning, continued monthly pregnancy tests as well as monthly online questions about contraception and her understanding of the effects of the medicine, and a special ID card that has to be brought to the pharmacy within a very short window a...
Source: New Harvard Health Information - January 19, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Claire McCarthy, MD Tags: Children's Health Drugs and Supplements Family Planning and Pregnancy Parenting Source Type: news

10 Tips to Get the Most Out of Light Therapy
Embed from Getty Images It's not just the cold weather that is making you sluggish and want to hunker down at home on the couch with your best friend Netflix. Shorter days from early fall through winter can cause even your serotonin to hibernate in your neurons. Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that occurs in the fall to winter. People with winter blues feel tired, less motivated, sad, and sleep more than usual. You're more at risk for the winter blues if you're a woman, younger, live further from the equator, or have family members who have depression or a mood disorder. People with seasonal depre...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - January 17, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Monthly lab tests during isotretinoin therapy may not be needed
Monthly laboratory testing for acne patients receiving standard isotretinoin treatment may not be necessary, Dr. Young H. Lee and colleagues reported in JAMA Dermatology. This conclusion was based on the results of their systematic review and meta-analysis of 22 randomized clinical trials and four... (Source: Skin and Allergy News)
Source: Skin and Allergy News - December 23, 2015 Category: Dermatology Source Type: news

Fewer Labs OK for Patients Treated With Isotretinoin for AcneFewer Labs OK for Patients Treated With Isotretinoin for Acne
Minimal laboratory monitoring early in the course of isotretinoin therapy in patients with acne may be sufficient, according to a new study. Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - December 4, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Dermatology News Source Type: news

Monthly testing with isotretinoin might be unnecessary
But evidence-based guidelines needed to support clinicians in any change in practiceRelated items from OnMedicaAcne drug linked to inflammatory bowel diseaseExperts call for research on acne treatmentsAttempted suicide risk increases with severe acne (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - December 3, 2015 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Medical News Today: Isotreninoin: are the lab tests really necessary?
A meta-analysis suggests that the regular lab tests for people taking isotretinoin may not be necessary, as few of the tests indicate side effects. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - December 2, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Dermatology Source Type: news

Decrease in "Hamilton Rating Scale for Depression" following isotretinoin therapy in acne: an open-label prospective study - Gnanaraj P, Karthikeyan S, Narasimhan M, Rajagopalan V.
BACKGROUND: Acne is a common disorder among adolescents and young adults causing a considerable psychological impact including anxiety and depression. Isotretinoin, a synthetic oral retinoid is very effective in the treatment of moderate to severe acne. Bu... (Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated))
Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated) - November 8, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Acne: Antibiotic Use Regularly Exceeds Recommended DurationAcne: Antibiotic Use Regularly Exceeds Recommended Duration
Despite guidelines limiting recommended antibiotic use to 3 months, patients took them for an average 11 months before starting isotretinoin therapy, a new study showed. Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - November 6, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Dermatology News Source Type: news

Treating severe acne hampered by 'antibiotic overuse'
Clinicians treating severe acne leave too many patients on ineffective antibiotics for far too long before prescribing more potent needed therapy with isotretinoin, claim US researchers. (Source: Nursing Times Breaking News)
Source: Nursing Times Breaking News - October 30, 2015 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Treatment of severe acne hampered by antibiotic overuse, delays in prescribing more potent medication
Physicians who treat severe acne leave too many patients on ineffective antibiotics for far too long before prescribing more potent needed therapy with the medication isotretinoin, sometimes known by its former brand name Accutane, a medical records analysis concludes. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - October 30, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

Many Patients With Acne Take Antibiotics Too Long: Study
Prescription Accutane can often help and should be tried sooner, experts say (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - October 30, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news