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Vitamin A is the source of the isotretinoin called Accutane, which comes from the retinoid drug class. It can decrease the oil production by the skin's sebaceous glands. Besides the fact that it is effective in the treatment of cancer, large nodular acne and other skin disorders can be treated with the help of this retinoid drug as well. Accutane controls the production of the overactive sebaceous gland and monitors the acne outbreak. But some side effects can occur with the use of this drug and alcahol.

Alcohol and Accutane

Acne can be treated with the Accutane, but only as a last resort treatment, and it has been used in this way since the 1982. Dosage used for the treatment of acne is very low. Hepatitis and liver problems are the most common side effects of Accutane, which is why the function of the liver should be monitored while person takes Accutane. Still, the fact is that hepatitis is a very rare side effect of this medication. Consummation of alcohol needs to be reduced if total elimination from usage is not an option, since the combination of Accutane and alcohol can cause some liver damage, due the pressure it increases. This drug can also cause depression, which is a side effect whose development can be aided by alcohol, which is another reason why these two should not be mixed. Pancreas inflammation and pancreatitis can be developed due to the high triglycerides level in the blood, and this can occur due to the excessive consumption of alcohol or other simple carbohydrates. Avoiding the use of alcohol is advised while using the Accutane, but side effects can be developed due to the sulfa drugs, salicylic acid, corticosteroids, benzoyl peroxide or other drugs as well.

Side Effects

Increased sunlight sensitivity (which can cause sun damage or sunburns), menstrual problems, diarrhea, vomiting, nausea, headache, loss of hair, skin dryness and increased cholesterol level are some of the most important side effects of Accutane. Fetus can suffer great damage if the pregnant woman uses this medication, which means that it should be avoided. If you are having liver diseases, asthma, anorexia, diabetes, high blood cholesterol or heart disease, you will not be able to use this drug. Due to the depression risks, persons who have history of depression or mental illnesses in the family should never take Accutane. Reduce the consummation of alcohol and see a physician before taking this retinoid drug.

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