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Accutane and Birth Control

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  • Posted By: katrinjones00
  • August 3, 2007
  • 10:24 AM

In order receive a prescription for accutane you must take a pregnancy test with negative results before a Doctor can authorize use of the drug. You will also be required to take a second pregnancy test during the first 5 days of the menstrual period before you begin to take accutane.

New legislation also requires that any fertile female on accutane must use two forms of birth control, including the pill, during the course of the treatment. These precautions must be taken for one month before accutane treatment commences, and at least one month after treatment is terminated.

In addition to these precautions you will also be requested to take monthly pregnancy tests for the duration of the accutane treatment program. Your doctor will can provide you with information on the best methods of birth control and how to use them should you decide to proceed with the treatment. Failure to adhere to these strict regulations seriously places you at risk of becoming pregnant and suffering from the trauma that thousands of other women have had to face. If you become pregnant, miss a menstrual cycle while using accutane it is recommended that you immediately stop taking Accutane and notify your doctor.

Read more information on Accutane and it's side effect:
http://www.accutane-info.com

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  • Accutane worked really well for me -- but only while I was on it. Once I stopped the prescription, the acne came back. Not quite as bad as before, but almost. I don't know if this happens a lot or if it was just me, but just another warning to people considering it. It may not be a permanent solution.
    PagaNovelty 14 Replies
    • November 26, 2007
    • 05:56 PM
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  • Hi Whilst I appreciate that this post is here as an informative guide to birth control whilst taking Accutane, I feel I must point out that the comments concerning "2 forms of birth control including the pill" is inaccurate. I had 2 courses of Roaccutane in 4 years and only took a pregnancy test once - just before the first course. As I had a Mirena IUD fitted, it was considered relaible enough for me not to have recurring pregnancy tests or be at any risk of conceiving. To be honest, after listening to a dermatologist's horror stories of conceiving on this drug, I may well have been inclined to have an IUD fitted anyway. It's such a useful, but very potent drug. I'd advise anyone considering a course of this to think about having an IUD fitted as a precaution.
    abbiesmum 24 Replies
    • October 22, 2008
    • 08:56 PM
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  • I took Accutane and my dermatologist said two forms of birth control, one of which CAN BE the pill. I chose abstinence. IUDs are for women over a certain age who have had children - or that is who they are recommended for. They can cause complications in girls who still have developing bodies. I took Accutane around age 15, and my OB-Gyn was not about to give me an IUD so young. Hi Whilst I appreciate that this post is here as an informative guide to birth control whilst taking Accutane, I feel I must point out that the comments concerning "2 forms of birth control including the pill" is inaccurate. I had 2 courses of Roaccutane in 4 years and only took a pregnancy test once - just before the first course. As I had a Mirena IUD fitted, it was considered relaible enough for me not to have recurring pregnancy tests or be at any risk of conceiving. To be honest, after listening to a dermatologist's horror stories of conceiving on this drug, I may well have been inclined to have an IUD fitted anyway. It's such a useful, but very potent drug. I'd advise anyone considering a course of this to think about having an IUD fitted as a precaution.
    PagaNovelty 14 Replies
    • October 23, 2008
    • 02:37 AM
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  • I took Accutane and my dermatologist said two forms of birth control, one of which CAN BE the pill. I chose abstinence. IUDs are for women over a certain age who have had children - or that is who they are recommended for. They can cause complications in girls who still have developing bodies. I took Accutane around age 15, and my OB-Gyn was not about to give me an IUD so young. Again, I beg to differ. I'm employed as a midwife and family planning nurse and it's an urban myth that IUDs are for women of a 'certain age' (!) or who've had children. This is even more true for the Mirena IUD, which anyone can have. This is safe to use in anyone over 16 unless they have a delayed puberty problem. Abstinence is all very well, but for young women who are married and/or have an active sexual relationship it's almost never viable. Certainly not for the 8-10 months that most Roaccutane courses last. At 15 you were a CHILD, so this is understandable. In this country sex at that age is actually illegal, so my reply wasn't directed at children having under-age sex! ( or indeed, encouraging it! ) Interestingly, in most countries this drug is very, very rarely used in children under the age of 18. My son is 17 and has just been refused treatment until he reaches his 18th birthday. To be honest, as a health professional, I'd be more concerned about a developing 15 yr old taking Roaccutane/Accutane with it's associated health concerns, than adequate birth control.
    abbiesmum 24 Replies
    • November 20, 2008
    • 03:25 AM
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  • Again, I beg to differ. I'm employed as a midwife and family planning nurse and it's an urban myth that IUDs are for women of a 'certain age' (!) or who've had children. This is even more true for the Mirena IUD, which anyone can have. This is safe to use in anyone over 16 unless they have a delayed puberty problem. Abstinence is all very well, but for young women who are married and/or have an active sexual relationship it's almost never viable. Certainly not for the 8-10 months that most Roaccutane courses last. At 15 you were a CHILD, so this is understandable. In this country sex at that age is actually illegal, so my reply wasn't directed at children having under-age sex! ( or indeed, encouraging it! ) Interestingly, in most countries this drug is very, very rarely used in children under the age of 18. My son is 17 and has just been refused treatment until he reaches his 18th birthday. To be honest, as a health professional, I'd be more concerned about a developing 15 yr old taking Roaccutane/Accutane with it's associated health concerns, than adequate birth control. I did say "recommended for" women who have already had children. The "of a certain age" is to imply finished with puberty and development. And sex under 16 is hardly illegal, if someone 19 or older has sex with a consenting 15 year old it is statuatory but, if the 15 year old has sex with anyone under 19 it is legal. It is 19 in my state anyhow, 18 in others I believe. I told my doctor I was not having sex with my boyfriend, and he took me at my word - the only people exempt from the birth control regulation on Accutane are men and women who agree to abstain from sex during treatment. My grandmother was my nurse there, before she retired last year, so he trusted that I understood the risks, and that she would make it even clearer. Unless you're married, in which case you have an obligation to your husband, I don't see how it would be difficult to be abstinant for the typical 5 month treatment. All my research has turned up no side effects, aside from the danger to a fetus, that are particularly dangerous to children. However, I was already finished developing by 15 so it wouldn't have mattered anyway.
    PagaNovelty 14 Replies
    • November 20, 2008
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  • I did say "recommended for" women who have already had children. The "of a certain age" is to imply finished with puberty and development. And sex under 16 is hardly illegal, if someone 19 or older has sex with a consenting 15 year old it is statuatory but, if the 15 year old has sex with anyone under 19 it is legal. It is 19 in my state anyhow, 18 in others I believe. I told my doctor I was not having sex with my boyfriend, and he took me at my word - the only people exempt from the birth control regulation on Accutane are men and women who agree to abstain from sex during treatment. My grandmother was my nurse there, before she retired last year, so he trusted that I understood the risks, and that she would make it even clearer. Unless you're married, in which case you have an obligation to your husband, I don't see how it would be difficult to be abstinant for the typical 5 month treatment. All my research has turned up no side effects, aside from the danger to a fetus, that are particularly dangerous to children. However, I was already finished developing by 15 so it wouldn't have mattered anyway.Women DO NOT have an obligation to their husband!!!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • August 25, 2010
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  • I can recommend a reputable pharmacy (Accutane) - requestpills.com I received the order and it was on time and the pills work great.P.S. 5% discount coupon code: 9sh73h
    Emma4545 1 Replies
    • November 3, 2011
    • 02:26 PM
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