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A 22-year-old male asked:

Can i use 1 spoon of rice vinegar (ingredients: water, ethanol, rice)/day in my diet when i am on accutane?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 46 years experience
What's really in it?: It's almost certain you signed an agreement, when you started on accutane, not to drink alcohol. Keeping a promise is a matter of principle. If the "rice vinegar" is a concoction that someone makes from real ethanol as a folk medicine, you're breaking a promise. However, most "rice vinegar" has the ethanol oxidized to acetic acid. That's harmless flavor, though there's probably no health benefit.
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Dr. Randy Baker
Dr. Randy Baker commented
Holistic Medicine 42 years experience
I don't consider rice vinegar to be alcohol- as you mention, alcohol is a staring ingredient but it is almost entirely fermented into acetic acid (which is what makes it vinegar). There may be a tiny trace of alcohol left (under 0.5%) but 1 spoon of that is not intoxicating and will not interact with accutane. Having a spoonful of rice vinegar in no way is similar to drinking alcohol!
Feb 7, 2014
Last updated Feb 7, 2014

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