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Old 09-17-2002, 01:28 PM   #1 (permalink)
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October issue of Elle is talking about Accutane. We all know it is used for Cystic Acne and Hollywood is using it wildly.

But... according to the article in Elle magazine it may be a wonder drug for certain cases of cancer.

It states: "Accutane has been shown to make the abnormal cells behave like normal ones." It also says doctors are using it to treat other skin conditions such as: rosacea, psoriasis, and even leukemia and skin cancer.

Accutane's real claim to fame, however, may lie in its ability to effectively help treat certain cancers. Some doctors have recently started prescribing the drug for mild, non-melanoma forms of epidermal skin cancer--from basal cell nevus syndrome (an inherited type of basal cell cancer) to multiple keratoacanthoma (a slightly more serious squamous cells cancer).

As pharmaceutical companies work to develop new retinoid compounds, the hope is that they might one day be able to prevent cancer in high-risk individuals. But, koeffler warns, there is not evidence yet to support that theory and Accutane should never be used by the public to try to prevent cancer.

For the full story pick up the book or try www.elle.com I don't know if this story will be on the web site, as I have not tried it. Go read the whole story, it is very interesting.
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Old 09-17-2002, 03:20 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Is this the same drug that experts claim makes teenagers suicidal?
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Yes this is the same drug that made news for being the drug that made kids more apt to be suicidal, I used to be on this drug, it is very strong and there is a lot of side effects, the worst for me was the horrible drying effects especially to your lips. Uugh! and to think that I may have to repeat this to get rid of reoccuring acne.

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Old 09-17-2002, 03:52 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I didn't see anything on that part of the side effects.. geez
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I have taken this before, too, and although it cleared my skin,I,too had the extreme drying, not to mention some really NASTY side effects, such as mild depression and rectal bleeding(sorry!).Don't mean to gross ya out, but that's what happened with me!)
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I was on this stuff too, a while ago...

I had really bad nose bleeds....they were bad!

I think it was because the drug is extremely drying to the skin and mucous membranes.


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This is not a perscription I like at all..
Remember you can not wax someone if they are on this perscription.. they can scare badly from it.. even if there was no burn involved int he procedure..
Loss of hair in females I believe is another side effect...

Yes.. depression is a key side effect and also can harm the eye sight..
After you get off the drug it takes near two years to get out of the system..
No I do not like this drug one bit.. I don't care how great the skin looks after using it.. Think of the risks involved when using it..

Thanks for this post Mitzi..

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The funny thing is, after all the fears....my skin is not 100 percent PURFECT!!!!!!

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you are one of the lucky ones who can use this with out the side effects right?? think of others out there Chris who can't say the same..
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Wow, see I didn't know about all this controversy on this drug. So glad I open that book and found this topic. Thanks for all the imput.

If you get a chance read the artical in full. I only took part of it and posted.
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