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Is Accutane a dangerous drug? I heard it was used to treat acne.

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Dr. Katherine Brown
Dermatology
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Accutane (isotretinoin) is a drug used to treat severe acne & acne resistant to other acne treatments.
It is a generally safe medication, although is known for causing birth defects when taken during pregnancy & sometimes raising triglyceride cholesterol levels. For this reason, Accutane must be taken under close doctor supervision. The most common side effect is dry skin while on the medication.

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Accutane (isotretinoin) is a drug used to treat severe acne & acne resistant to other acne treatments.
It is a generally safe medication, although is known for causing birth defects when taken during pregnancy & sometimes raising triglyceride cholesterol levels. For this reason, Accutane must be taken under close doctor supervision. The most common side effect is dry skin while on the medication.
Dr. Katherine Brown
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Dr. Stephen Pincus
Facial Plastic Surgery
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In brief: Yes

It can cause serious birth defects in pregnant women, as well as liver damage.

In brief: Yes

It can cause serious birth defects in pregnant women, as well as liver damage.
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