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What should I know before using Accutane?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Accutane is the pill form of isotretinoin. If you're a girl and think you might need Accutane, it's worth trying the birth control pill route first, since Accutane makes periods irregular and also cause severe birth defects if you get pregnant while taking it (or shortly thereafter). Guys, you're not off the hook, as the medication can also cause liver damage, making annual blood tests necessary. Before trying Accutane, both girls and guys should have maxed out on whatever topicals and oral antibiotics they have used (meaning using all medications faithfully and washing your face twice a day). If that has not cleared up your face in six to eight weeks, then it may be worth pursuing Accutane. The FDA warns consumers not to buy the product online and there are concerns about its side effects, no matter what the source.
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