Accutane Special Warnings about this acne Drug
You should stop
taking Accutane immediately and notify your doctor at the first sign
of a skin rash or an allergic reaction. Although this reaction is
rare, serious and sometimes even fatal allergic reactions have been
known to occur when taking this medication.
When you first
start taking this acne drug, your acne may actually get worse before
it starts to get better. Accutane is also known to cause depression
and other mental problems. In some rare cases it has been known to
prompt thoughts of suicide. If you begin to feel depressed or become
troubled by suicidal thinking, you should contact your doctor
Before taking this
medicine, all patients must sign a consent form noting that they are
aware of the possibility of mental health side effects, the danger of
birth defects and the need for other precautions.
If you're a woman
of childbearing age and you're considering taking this acne drug you
will be given both written and spoken warnings about the importance of
avoiding pregnancy while on this drug treatment. You also be asked to
sign a consent form that notes the following:
You must not
take Accutane if you're pregnant or may become pregnant during
If you get
pregnant while taking this acne drug your baby may have a high risk
of developing birth defects.
If you take
Accutane, it is required that you use two effective forms of birth
control from one month before the start of treatment through one
month after the end of treatment.
Also, you must
have two negative pregnancy tests (one just before starting Accutane
therapy), and must be tested every month during therapy.
participate in a program that includes an initial free pregnancy
test and birth-control counseling sessions.
If you become
pregnant you must immediately stop taking this acne medicine and see
It will state
that you must have read and understood the Accutane patient brochure
and asked your doctor any questions you may have had.
It will state
the you have been invited to participate in a survey of women being
treated with Accutane.
Information from The PDR
Pocket Guide to Prescription Drugs
Additional Information and
webpage by Paul Susic MA Licensed
Psychologist Ph.D. Candidate
Senior Care Psychological Consulting 2451 Executive Dr. Ste.
103 St. Charles, Missouri 63303 (636) 896-0216