Unlike many drugs, before getting a prescription for Accutane, several
requirements must be met. Why? Because Accutane carries with it
significant risks. For male patients, the concerns are fewer. But for
females, the potential for severe birth defects is probably the number
one concern while on this medication. Because of this, no female patient
is allowed to begin Accutane therapy if she is currently pregnant (no
matter how far along) and definitely no pregnancies should occur while a
woman is taking this potentially harmful medication.
is strict monitoring for pregnancy during these treatments. Any female
about to take Accutane must first take one, and in some cases two,
pregnancy tests to ensure there is no possibility of a birth before
going on this drug.
a female patient is or might become sexually active during the course
of treatment, she is required to:
use two different forms of birth
control at least one month prior to treatment
throughout the entire
course of treatment
and then for at least one month following the
discontinuation of Accutane treatment
Regardless of sexual activity,
female patients must take birth control pills for the duration of
treatment. There are even strict policies that require a negative
pregnancy test before a female patient can pick up her next month’s
supply of Accutane at the pharmacy.
formal consent form must be signed before initiating treatment with
this drug. It mentions the obvious and most notable potential for severe
birth defects and the patient’s agreement to take birth control for the
duration of treatment. It also goes into great detail about depression
and the possible signs of a depressive mental state while on Accutane.
Please continue to read about Accutane use to help you understand the risks (and possible benefits) associated with taking this powerful drug. For more information, see:
Here is a fun radio show interview I did with Beth Aldrich and Dan Balth on their weekly radio show: Conversations with Beth and Dan. It was recorded in 2006 in Chicago, Illinois.
I had a lot of fun talking with them about skin care and related subjects; I hope you enjoy listening to us!
CLICK HERE to listen to the show on youtube (duration 22:27).
Conversations with Beth and Dan is a co-production of the Men's Media Network and For Her Information Media. Executive producers are Beth Aldridge and Dan Balth. Produced and directed by Andy Metran in Metran Studio Chicago. Copyright 2006, all rights reserved.