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Are prescription medications such as antibiotics or Accutane effective and safe?
Are prescription medications really safe to take long-term for acne?
While I think antibiotics are probably safe I would never suggest using Accutane unless you really have no other choice. Some of the side effects of Accutane are severely dry skin and lips, cracked and peeling skin, inflamation of the eyes, joint pain, back pain, hallucinations, depression, sleep disturbances, dizziness, etc. It can also cause birth defects if a woman becomes pregnant while taking the medication and women are required to be on birth control while they're on Accutane.