Accutane Patient Information including If I Miss a Dose
In this Article
- What is isotretinoin (Accutane)?
- What are the possible side effects of isotretinoin (Accutane)?
- What is the most important information I should know about isotretinoin (Accutane)?
- What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking isotretinoin (Accutane)?
- How should I take isotretinoin (Accutane)?
- What happens if I miss a dose (Accutane)?
- What happens if I overdose (Accutane)?
- What should I avoid while taking isotretinoin (Accutane)?
- What other drugs will affect isotretinoin (Accutane)?
- Where can I get more information?
What happens if I miss a dose (Accutane)?
Skip the missed dose and take the medicine at your next regularly scheduled time. Do not take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.
What happens if I overdose (Accutane)?
Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222. Overdose symptoms may include headache, dizziness, vomiting, stomach pain, warmth or tingling under the skin, swelling of the lips, and loss of balance or coordination.
What should I avoid while taking isotretinoin (Accutane)?
Do not take vitamin supplements containing vitamin A while you are taking isotretinoin.
Do not donate blood while taking isotretinoin and for at least 30 days after you stop taking it. Donated blood that is later given to pregnant woman could lead to birth defects in her baby if the blood contains any level of isotretinoin.
Do not use wax hair removers or have dermabrasion or laser skin treatments while you are taking isotretinoin and for at least 6 months after you stop taking it. Scarring may result.
Avoid exposure to sunlight or artificial UV rays (sunlamps or tanning beds). Isotretinoin can make your skin more sensitive to sunlight and sunburn may result.
Isotretinoin may impair your vision, especially at night. Be careful if you drive or do anything that requires you to see clearly.
What other drugs will affect isotretinoin (Accutane)?
Tell your doctor about all other medicines you use, especially:
- steroids (prednisone and others);
- seizure medication such as phenytoin (Dilantin); or
- a tetracycline antibiotic such as demeclocycline (Declomycin), doxycycline (Doryx, Vibramycin), minocycline (Minocin), or tetracycline (Brodspec, Sumycin, Tetracap).
This list is not complete and other drugs may interact with isotretinoin. Tell your doctor about all medications you use. This includes prescription, over-the-counter, vitamin, and herbal products. Do not start a new medication without telling your doctor.
Where can I get more information?
Your pharmacist can provide more information about isotretinoin.
Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.
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Additional Accutane Information
- Accutane Drug Interactions Center: isotretinoin oral
- Accutane Side Effects Center
- Accutane Overview including Precautions
- Accutane FDA Approved Prescribing Information including Dosage
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