Accutane (isotretinoin) is a medication intended to treat severe acne, available under the iPLEDGE program. This drug must not be used by pregnant women, as it has been reported to lead to miscarriages, birth defects and premature births. Take Accutane according to the schedule provided by your doctor. Do not change your dosage of Accutane without previously consulting your doctor. Do not stop using it unless experiencing serious side effects that interfere with you normal routine. Drinking alcoholic beverages increases the risk of developing pancreatitis. An allergic reaction to Accutane is rarely reported. The signs of an allergic reaction include itching, swelling, dizziness, rash, and difficulty breathing.
If you have any particular medical conditions that may interfere with the treatment tell your doctor about it before getting a prescription. Such conditions may include a medical history of diabetes, high blood fats, history of psychiatric disorders, liver disease, eating disorders or obesity, pancreatitis, or bone diseases (osteoporosis, decreased bone density). Side effects of Accutane include dry mouth and lips, crusty skin, upset stomach, nosebleeds, thinning of hair, minor swelling of the eyelids. If these symptoms persist or worsen over time consult your doctor to avoid further complications.