More common Roaccutane side effects

Several common Roaccutane side effects usually appear on many users. They are acceptable and common so if you suffer from ordinary side effects there's no need to worry. Common Roaccutane side effects include dryness of skin, lips, nose, eyes, hair and muscle pains. Dry skin goes with skin peeling, lips become swollen and cracked, nose is dry and it may bleed sometimes. Medicine affects on eyes by making them dry and uncomfortable for contact lens (in case you wear contacts) while hair could become thin and scurfy. You may feel muscle pains, especially on the back, even if you don't do any physical activities. More common Roaccutane side effects are endurable and it's good if you experience just them. Intensity of side effect depends on the dose and individual. Problem occurs when rare side effects appear because it means that treatment must be canceled.

More common Roaccutane side effects:
- skin: general dryness, skin peeling and irritation, inflammation and redness, risk of skin disease and sensitivity
- lips: dry lips and swelling cause cracking to blood
- nose: dryness, cracked linings of nose resulting with nose bleeding
- eyes: reduced tear wetting has eye dryness and itchiness as consequence, could lead to infection like ophthalmia or conjunctivitis
- sun sensitivity: preference to sunburns and dark skin
- muscle pain: active muscles and the back
- joints pain: caused by reduced secretion of fats
- mild headaches: frequent at the beginning of therapy
- increased liver enzymes: possible liver damage has effect on other body functions
- blood: increased level of fats, cholesterol and triglycerides, blood sugar (diabetes caution)

Less common Roaccutane side effects

Various common and rare Roaccutane side effects aren't acceptable like those named before. Any of them could cause dangerous and long-lasting disease with serious consequences. If you experience any less common Roaccutane side effect listed below, it means that the urgent doctor's intervention is needed. In almost every case Roccutane treatment must be interrupted. Less common side effects have affect on: skin, vision, hair, lungs, digestive flow and psychic state. Skin becomes sensitive and may change colour, night vision impared, there's probability of losing hair, breathing difficulties and nausea. There are also possible bowel diseases, changes in bone structure and psychical mood causing depression. Canceling the medication will help you to reduce less common Roaccutane side effects but maintain the current status of acne with some minor improvements.

Less common Roaccutane side effects:
- skin: heavy rash, yellowing, infections
- vision: decreased night vision
- hair: hair loss caused by liver damage
- lungs: chest pain, breathing disorder
- pancreas: pancreas damage
- nails: color change
- bowel: inflammatory disease
- stomach: serious pain, digestive flow changes resulting in nausea, diarrhea and vomiting
- depression: mood changes
- fatigue

Very rare Roaccutane side effects
Bowel inflammation, rectum bleeding, diarrhea, abdominal muscle pain, nails change, intracranial hypertension, neurological problems appear very rarely.

Roaccutane skin side effects

It is absolutely significant to have additional attention for your skin while on Roaccutane therapy. Isotretinoin dehydrates sebaceous glands and keeps down the amount of oil secrete that causes acne appearance. Therefore this side effect would establish dryer and shivery skin than as it used to be.

Dry skin
is a good sign of Accutane healing process progress so don't worry if it looks bad, it's for your own good. You can always make some changes in the skin care to have less troubles during and after the Roaccutane treatment. Dryness of the skin as standard Roaccutane side effect is equal to almost every case and we are talking about very high percentage (certainly more than 95%). For that reason advices for skin care while on isotretinoin would be primary warnings by your doctor. Cosmetics that dehydrate should be strictly avoided. Stick to products which are designed to clean and reduce skin dryness. Otherwise "normal" cosmetic products would damage skin or make it red and irritated. Special soaps for prone-blemish skin purpose is to clear or remove skin fats so far that it still has it's natural level of hydration.

In conclusion: keep off your skin from waxing and drying. Dry skin is common side effect and it can take an important place in a healing period. Cosmetics care is important because of the probability of scar occurrence and vulnerability (slow recovery). Do not stay under the hot shower for longer than a few minutes. Dryness of the skin is visible on elbows too. Aggressive cosmetic preparations may strip the skin or cause it's peeling. Your whole body skin is dry not just the face. Hot baths should be avoided too and consult with dermatologist about the soap or shower gel you are using.

Sun Sensitivity
During the course and at least a month after keep off the Sun, especially ultraviolet light from 11 AM to 5 PM (summer scheme). Isotretinoin will make skin more sensible to sunlight so protect yourself on every shiny day to avoid sunburns. A hat is considered as well protection if it covers whole face. One tip: ears are sensitive on sunburns, wear a cap with a larger diameter to elude skin stripping effect. Put a sun cream of minimally +20 Sun Protection Factor when exposing skin on a beach. Sunscreen must not be oily and alcohol free. Intense UV light can make your nails red and skin extremely dark so do not take risk! The solarium while on Roaccutane could make fatal skin side effect consequences, don't even think about it.

Cosmetic products without oil and alcohol are recommended. Make-up and powders are allowed. Be careful only when removing them off with other preparations. Simply, in a few words: use cosmetics that won't additionally irritate your skin.

Surgery while on Roaccutane
Do not plan cosmetic surgery in next half year after you stopped taking Accutane. Plastic surgery date must be determined by doctor depending on your physical condition. Treatment must be interrupted because you'll take other tablets after surgery. Laser surgery is also in this category. All kinds of surgeries could lead to serious and long lasting scars on the skin.

Dry and swollen lips side effect

Side effects related to lips are very annoying (and 95% common, unfortunately) but there is way to prevent it.

Roaccutane will probably affect on lips by making it dry and cracked to blood some-days. Always have chapstick (lip balm) in your pocket. It's suggested to use it a week after the therapy began no matter how strong and visible swollen lips side effects are. Put moisturizer of any kind on lips frequently. First symptoms of troubles with lips are swelling and drying. Lipstick will eliminate all your bothers and prevent negative effects if you use it few times a day. It's important to mention there's risk of additional infection in lips or skin around them. Bacterial infection must be treated with antibiotics which mean you must cancel Roaccutane course and change acne healing schedule. People who use isotretinoin can more likely get herpes. Those who already have it should keep off the sunlight to avoid disease impairment. Long period exposing may lead to loss of a lip line (blurred borderline between lips and face skin color).

Dry nose side effect

Dry nose is side effect of Roaccutane that appears often (80%) but seldom has serious consequences.

Nostrils dryness cause cracking of the linings of the nose and results with bleeding. In nearly every case dry nose is just simple reaction effect related to a general body dryness. The most common reasons of deterioration are irritation, dry air, allergies, sinusitis, virus or bacterium infections. Nose bleed side effect can be prevented by applying lubricants such as Vaseline. Nose lubricant gels (propanediol generally) should be spread on inner nose as usual as possible to keep it wet due the lining cracking.

Roaccutane dosage and person's physical condition are the factors of the effect severity. If nosebleeds are unstoppable, talk with doctor or pharmacist and ask for adjunct prescription medicine.

Dry eyes side effect

Dry eyes Roaccutane side effect occurrences as common as other dryness issues. It happens along while on and after Roaccutane therapy. Several components have influence on this effect.

Mixture of water and oil constitutes the layer of tears over the entire eye. Tarsal glands, goblet cells and lachrymal (tear) glands are developing tears in the purpose of surface covering to protect eyeballs with the help of eyelids. Lids are spreading tears to preserve eyes wet and on other side keep them clean. Moistening is reduced by usage of Roaccutane, depending on individual or medication dosage. Lacrimal (tear) duct positioned on the lower lid has natural role to drain while Roaccutane causes side effect that dries eyes. Dryness appears in less than half cases and it's related to eye prickling or discomfort while eyes are closed, blurry sight etc.

Ophthalmia (inflammation) and conjunctivitis are more serious symptoms that indicate isotretinoin treatment interruption. An ophthalmologist visit is needful in such events.

Eye dryness and contact lens do not go together! The only way to prevent and maintain dampness is by applying artificial tears. Using artificial tear drops such as Refresh contacts available at every pharmacy or contact lens distributor shop. Refresh drops contain chemical compounds as polythene glycol and often have influence on your eyes for hours. Reduced comfortableness even with eye drops are suggestions from your body to avoid lenses which means replace them with glasses alternatively. If wearing glasses is not applicable and your side effect is severe, think about possible infections as result of continuing wearing your contact lenses. Conjunctivitis can be cured but some patients have never been able to put lens again.

Air-conditioning in the room you spend time in could also worsen side effects. Dryness is extremely enhanced in front of computer monitor. Working in office or studying becomes exhausting for eyes so always have Refresh contacts drops in the reach of hands. If you experience irritation, appeasement by using Refreshes is guaranteed. Tolerance of contact lenses depends on individual.

Night vision
One more Roaccutane side effect associated with eyes is impaired night vision. It might occur during and after treatment has been finished. Vitamin from which Roaccutane is obtained from stands behind this effect. Decreased night vision happens all of a sudden so driving or operating machine of any type should be carefully done. Decreased vision effect can be experienced in every dark place, not just during the night. Notice of visual impairments should be reported to a doctor as soon as possible. Very rarely isotretinoin therapy must be canceled because of vision difficulties.

Headaches, muscle and joints pain

Mild headaches are usual during therapy. Often at the very beginning, and can occur anytime while on Accutane. They are the standards body's reaction to the drug but can cause serious problems. In case headaches occur over a longer period, contact your dermatologist because the Accutane intake should be interrupted and continued with with a reduced dose. Headaches are often confused with dizziness, sleepiness or chronic fatigue. This is important to distinguish so the doctor could assess the consequences and seriousness of the case.
Accutane will also cause muscle paints. Reduce exercise to avoid difficulties with muscles and joints during treatment. Moreover, Accutane results are especially dangerous if pains become intolerable. They can easily cause difficulties on the workplace so be careful, back pains could leave you in bed instead going to work.