What you need to know about Accutane

Accutane is a drug used to treat severe acne problems. This is an oral drug which is selective and non-systemic. This is a special kind of drug that only registered patients, pharmacies and physicians are allowed to use it. You have to register in a program called iPLEDGE which has certain rules and guidelines regarding the usage of this drug. The drug can only be prescribed by a registered physician, registered pharmacies are the only one’s who have the right to dispense the drug and patients should also be registered on the program as well for them to be able to use the treatment. Only those who strictly agree and abide on the terms being briefed on the members are allowed to have access to this drug.

The usual loading dose of Accutane is between 0.5-1mg/kg of body weight and is taken twice a day, depending on your physicians prescription. Do not discontinue or adjust the loading dose without informing your physician. Pregnant women should not take this medicine because it can cause harm to the unborn baby.

Possible food and drug interactions include

  • corticosteroids,
  • antibiotics,
  • dilantin,
  • birth control pills
  • and supplementary vitamins specifically vitamin A.

Side effects are unpredictable. Hence, tell your doctor if ever you notice any unusual experiences during the treatment. If ever any side effects manifest or increase its intensity, inform your prescriber ASAP. He or she will know as to whether or not its safe for you to go on with the treatment.

Side effects include as follows:

  • Birth defects
  • Diarrhea
  • Decrease in the production of RBC’s and WBC’s
  • Epistaxis due to dry nose
  • Diarrhea
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea associated with vomiting
  • Stroke
  • Muscle flaw/injure
  • Vision impairment
  • Broken bones and etc.

Whenever these kinds of problems arise, don’t hesitate to inform your doctor about it. Its better to prevent any kind of complication during the treatment.