Accutane – battling acne and cancer
It may seem strange that there is a medication that is used both for battling acne and cancer. And when you factor in the fact that this medication is derived from vitamin A, the whole thing becomes even more unreal. However, there is nothing unreal about Accutane and its beneficial effects on certain types of cancer and especially on severe cases of acne.
The use of Accutane in treatment of cancer was its primary intended use, as it was developed as a chemotherapy drug. It has since been used in treating pancreatic cancer, brain cancer and other kinds of cancer. Accutane is effective against cancer as it kills cells that are dividing rapidly.
However, Accutane is now primarily used in treating severe cases of acne. Some people think that acne are nothing to worry about, but they are wrong. In some cases, they can be so severe that they leave marks and scars for life. Besides that, they bring a certain social aspect into the whole thing, especially for adolescents who are always worried about what their peers think of them and acne can be very harmful in that regard. There are many theories on how exactly Accutane battles the acne, although nothing is yet certain. What is certain is that it is one of the most effective drugs in its field.
There are also some very rare, but very serious conditions that are also treated with Accutane and these include harlequine-type ichthyosis and fibrodysplasia ossificans progressive. These conditions are extremely rare, but the fact that Accutane is effective in such cases, shows how potent this medication is.
Controversy concerning Accutane and pregnancies
There is one very important thing that you need to take with you from the following section and that is the fact that Accutane can cause serious birth defects if used during pregnancy. It can even lead to abortions. When it was first started to be prescribed in 1982, many women were not using proper means of contraception, despite the stern warnings that this medication can cause severe birth defects. Because of this, many abortions had to be conducted which brought Accutane under scrutiny. It is now one of the most difficult medications to get a prescription for and it is for the best. The best way to be sure that you will be under no risk when taking Accutane is to consult your doctor about the proper Accutane treatment. However, DO NOT use this medication if you are pregnant and make sure that you use all the precautions possible not to get pregnant while using it.
Other precautions when taking Accutane
First of all, you need to consult your doctor about taking Accutane, as some medical conditions can be affected by this medication, such as diabetes, asthma, liver disease, high cholesterol, heart disease, osteoporosis, anorexia nervosa. Also, if you have a family or personal history of mental illnesses, you also need to tell this to your doctor. Of course, keep in mind that the only beneficial Accutane treatment is the one in which you follow all the instructions that your doctor has given you