facts about this acne drug.
severe birth defects which may include mental
retardation and physical
deformities. It is highly recommended that a woman not become pregnant
while taking this acne medicine. Usually before starting treatment
with Accutane, women of childbearing age are asked to read a pamphlet,
watch a video and sign a detailed consent form regarding the possible
danger of birth defects. It is usually required that you have two
negative pregnancy tests before beginning Accutane therapy, and you
must take monthly pregnancy tests while taking this medication.
In addition, you
must continue with two different forms of birth control during
Accutane therapy, and it is required that you also continue for one
month before and one month after. The prescription for this
medication must bear a yellow qualification sticker signifying that
you meet these requirements. Scientists have not ruled out the
possibility that hormone-based contraceptives (birth control pills and
implants) may be less reliable when taken with Accutane, so usually a
second form of birth control is used while taking this acne
medication. If you accidentally become pregnant while taking Accutane
you should immediately consult your doctor.
When should this acne drug not be prescribed?
If Accutane causes
an allergic reaction, you should not and will not be able to use it.
As mentioned previously, if you're a woman of childbearing age it is
imperative that you not take Accutane if you are pregnant. If there's
any possibility you might get pregnant during the treatment, or if
you're unable to return to your doctor for monthly checkups including
pregnancy tests, you should absolutely refrain from this medication.
In addition to the
birth defects that may be caused by the use of Accutane, it should
also not be used by nursing mothers as it has the possibility of
passing through to the baby through breast milk.
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PDR Pocket Guide to Prescription Drugs
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