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Accutane: Acne treatment of Last Resort

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Accutane: Important facts about this acne drug. 

Accutane ACCUTANE 40 MG CAPSULEmay cause 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.

Information from The PDR Pocket Guide to Prescription Drugs 

Additional Information and webpage by Paul Susic MA Licensed Psychologist Ph.D. Candidate                                      

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