When 13-cis retinoic acid or isotretinoin first appeared as an acne medication, it was considered a wonderful new way to treat l / 39. acne, especially severe acne. He seemed to be able to cure acne, especially the severe known as cystic acne.
I have a friend who has very severe acne. She is really pretty. Unfortunately, it is difficult to notice that acne seeks to remove all the attention from its features. It was so bad that everyone could see the problem but no one dared to talk about it for fear of disturbing it further. His face was constantly red and inflamed. Scars started to form from healing lesions. Her confidence was really weak and she had tried everything to cure her acne.
One day we noticed that she had the appearance of having a bad sunburn. Her face was dry and peeling and she looked pretty uncomfortable. When one of us finally had enough courage to ask her about it, she explained that she was on a new acne medication.
This new anti-acne medication works by reducing the amount of natural oils in the skin (called sebum) produced. It also works by having a peeling effect on the skin.
We asked if the drug had side effects. She looked at us as if we had asked her if elephants could fly. All drugs have side effects, she says. The medicine of acne is no exception.
I watched the side effects of this wonder medicine acne. The list was quite shocking, to be honest. The first side effect highlighted was a warning that this drug can cause birth defects in unborn babies. Under no circumstances should a patient who is pregnant or who has the possibility to become pregnant take this medication. Effective contraception is a must.
Other side effects included dryness and pain of the lips, eyes, skin, liver and other major organs. The view could be affected. Liver tests had to be done to make sure there was no harm done to the liver. Even bloody diarrhea was a potential side effect.
To add to the list of more side effects of this medication for acne, it could also increase the levels of fat and blood sugar. These should also be monitored, especially in patients who had other problems such as high cholesterol and diabetes.
It could even cause depression, anxiety and mood changes. The list of warnings was longer than the paragraph on how this acne medicine worked!
Fortunately, side effects have been said to be short-lived and would be reversible if the drug was stopped. However, we were concerned because isotretinoin had to be taken for at least 12 to 16 weeks.
This wonderful acne medicine did not seem so wonderful to us. We tried to dissuade her. She became unhappy, saying that we did not understand how much she had gone through, suffering from her acne problem for years. She explained that with any acne medication, one had to weigh the benefits and the risks. For her, the risks were worth the potential promise of a cure.
There are some lessons that can be learned from this story. The first and most important is that even though acne is not a life-threatening disease, it can cause debilitating effects on its victims. It affects their self-confidence, the way they see each other, the way others see them. He can control their life. Acne has been known to cause depression in some people, especially if it is severe.
Unfortunately, while there are acne medications available, many have side effects. These medications can cause problems in themselves.
However, in the end, it is the patient who must decide if the risks outweigh the benefits.