How do I get Roaccutane by private prescription?
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Is Roaccutane for everyone?
There are very few contra-indications to patients using Roaccutane. After appropriate consultation with a doctor, we would make a decision as to whether it is an appropriate treatment for the patient. There are other treatments for acne which may be more appropriate to start with. However, Roaccutane is an incredibly effective treatment if it is used appropriately. The only real contra-indication is for women who are planning to get pregnant or who are already pregnant.
What precautions should you take while on Roaccutane?
Precautions for females are to be taking contraception at least a month prior to starting Roaccutane treatment and for three months after finishing the course. In terms of general health, alcohol is generally advised not to be taken on a regular basis.
Why is it important to not become pregnant while on Roaccutane?
Roaccutane interferes with a pregnancy and can cause either miscarriage or teratogenicity which is where the pregnancy can become malformed. Which is why it is so important to make sure our patients do not get pregnany whilst taking Roaccutane.
How long does Roaccutane treatment take?
The typical course for Roaccutane is four to six months depending on the severity and the improvement from Roaccutane.
Do you need any clinical tests while on Roaccutane?
There is a potential risk for the liver to become strained from Roaccutane. Also, the cholesterol levels can potentially rise as well. So we do blood tests prior to commencing Roaccutane and blood tests approximately two months afterwards to make sure that the liver and cholesterol levels are much the same.
If I come for a consultation, am I guaranteed to be prescribed Roaccutane?
We will do the appropriate consultation and if we think it’s appropriate to commence Roaccutane, and there are no contra-indications then we would proceed with the treatment, if you’re happy.
What sort of side effects may I experience during Roaccutane treatment?
We’ve noticed side effects from Roaccutane are very much dose dependent. The commoner side effects include dryness of the skin, the eyes and swelling of the lips. Some people with the higher doses can get muscle aches and pains, tiredness and some joint aches and pains as well. There is a very, very low risk of mood changes, but there have been some documented reports of this. But the commoner side effects are the more skin related effects and we recommend moisturisers, lip balm and eye drops to help with those side effects.
How often do I need to see the dermatologist during my Roaccutane treatment?
For females, we would need to do a monthly review to firstly check for pregnancy and then to do the repeat prescriptions. With males we do less frequent monitoring, and initially we would see them after two months and depending on their response perhaps another two or three times. But if there are any problems we would certainly call our patients back for appropriate reviews.
Can Roaccutane make my acne worse?
Potentially it can make is worse especially in the first few weeks it can be quite common to have a flare-up of the acne. But, if you bear with the treatment, and carry on taking the medications then after six to eight weeks you should start noticing a vast improvement.
I’ve seen websites that sell Roaccutane directly. Why should I come to botonics?
Roaccutane really needs to be prescribed under medical supervision because of the potential liver problems that it can cause. If you buy it online you never know really what you’re getting and the actual dose itself. Therefore it is a lot safer to have it under medical supervision.
For how long do the results from Roaccutane last?
Results from Roaccutane can be permanent and in the large majority of patients they are permanent. However, in some more severe cases, and especially with some of our younger patients, unfortunately the acne can come back. In either a more severe form or in a milder form which can be treated with topical treatments. However there is nothing to say that you can’t have a repeat course of Roaccutane again.
How long after the consultation can I start Roaccutane?
After the first appointment, we would request that you have the blood test and for females we require a consent form to be filled out. Once the blood tests are back, and they are normal, then we would be happy to provide you with a prescription and you can start the Roaccutane at that point.