FDA Launches iPLEDGE Campaign To Prevent Pregnant Women From Using Isotretinoin (Accutane)

by Jon Henshaw

Isotretinoin treats a type of severe acne called nodular acne.It is used after other treatments, including antibiotics, have nothelped. It comes in a capsule you take by mouth. Treatmentusually lasts 4 to 5 months.

There is a very high chance of birth defects if an unborn baby’s mother takes isotretinoin. The goal of the iPLEDGE programis to prevent pregnancies in females taking isotretinoin andto prevent pregnant females from taking isotretinoin. TheiPLEDGE program requires birth control for female patients who canget pregnant for at least 1 month before, during, and 1 month afterstopping treatment and pregnancy tests before, during and aftertreatment.

Visit the iPLEDGE website for more information.

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