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Accutane Pregnancy


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Is Accutane (Isotretinoin) safe during pregnancy or nursing?

The FDA category for this medication is X. It is advised that you: Unsafe

Accutane (Isotretinoin) pregnancy info from our pharmacists

  • Upsides
  • No info available
  • Downsides
  • Make sure you're not pregnant before starting Accutane. It can cause serious birth defects.
  • Tips
  • You'll need to have a pregnancy test and other blood testing once a month to check cholesterol and liver enzymes.
  • Risks
  • Research studies with real people found Accutane (Isotretinoin) can cause harmful effects on unborn babies. There's also a risk if men take it. Talk to your doctor about other treatments if you're thinking of getting pregnant or starting a family. If you take Accutane (Isotretinoin) as part of the iPledge program you won't be able to donate blood for at least a month after finishing treatment because of the risk of giving your donated blood to another woman who may be pregnant. Women who can become pregnant must use 2 reliable forms of contraception for 1 month before therapy, during therapy, and for 1 month after therapy. You'll also need to have regular pregnancy tests while taking Accutane (Isotretinoin).
Source: FDA package insert