Taking Accutane causes serious side effects, but weight changes are not typical. You can avoid these side effects by following a healthy diet, getting regular exercise and using the right sunscreen. You can also discuss your concerns with your doctor.
Isotretinoin (Accutane) works by shrinking the sebaceous oil glands that cause acne. This treatment is very effective, but it can cause serious complications. For example, it can cause miscarriage or premature birth in women who take it while pregnant. It can also cause severe birth defects in unborn babies, such as missing ears or eyes, cleft palate or heart defects. Women who are taking Accutane must use two forms of contraception and take frequent pregnancy tests to prevent pregnancy.
Accutane can cause a number of other side effects, including dry skin and lips, hair loss, sun sensitivity, dry eyes, thinning hair, ringing in the ears and triglyceride levels in blood that increase and may be dangerous. You will need to have regular blood tests and check your triglyceride levels.
You can control the potential for weight gain from Accutane by avoiding junk food and eating a balanced diet that includes protein, fruits, vegetables and whole grains. It is also important to get enough sleep and engage in regular exercise. Exercise burns calories, improves mood and helps the body detox and absorb nutrients. It can also help with depression that can sometimes occur with Accutane treatment. Minimizing processed sugar will also help because it contributes to a host of health problems, including obesity, diabetes and heart disease.