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A 31-year-old member asked:

Can accutane cause birth defects?

2 doctor answers9 doctors weighed in
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Yes: Accutane is one of several medications listed as category x or dangerous if used during pregnancy.It is known to cause birth defects in the developing fetus.
Dr. Richard Roberts
Pediatrics 46 years experience
It WILL cause defect: "The baseline population risk of malformations is 3-5%, but it increases to almost 30% in women exposed to isotretinoin during the first trimester of pregnancy." see http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19961047 Many are profound, horrible defects--absent ears, tiny brain, deafness and blindness. Effects may occur many months after a woman ceases taking it.

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A 34-year-old member asked:

How long does it take to get birth defects if on accutane?

3 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Not Known: If you mean how much or how long an Accutane exposure is required to increase the risk of birth defects, I do not think there are hard facts.
A 32-year-old member asked:

Birth defects are on the rise. What could cause this?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Holly Maes
Pediatrics 36 years experience
Many reasons: First, are they really increasing, or are they just living. Up until recently in history most of those pregnancies with defects would miscarry or the baby die rapidly after birth. Now we save these pregnancies and children. However, if increase, it is likely the many environmental exposures we have in the industrial age, both in the air we breath and perhaps the foods we eat.
A 34-year-old member asked:

What is atrazine? Does it cause birth defects?

2 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Michael H. T. Sia
Pediatrics 31 years experience
Yes: Atrazine is a widely used herbicide (esp. With corn fields & grass on golf courses) with history of widespread contamination in drinking water and association with menstrual problems, birth defects & more vulnerable to cancer in later life. It is banned in europe. Environmental protection agency feels the current levels & spikes are safe. Scientists/health advocates disagree.
A 37-year-old member asked:

What birth defects were caused by acutane?

1 doctor answer3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Michael H. T. Sia
Pediatrics 31 years experience
See below: Accutane birth defects include the ears, eyes, face, skull, heart and brain.
Dr. Richard Roberts
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Some infants are non-sentient
Oct 19, 2015
A 36-year-old member asked:

Which medication can cause birth defects?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. R. Wayne Inzer
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
List is too long: That list is way too long. Unless a drug is listed by the fda as category a or b there is at least a theoretical risk. The risk is higher for a d drug and absolute danger if rated x.

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