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

Accutane. Accutane is known to cause human fetal abnormalities. While a woman is on Accutane she should use one or two reliable forms of contraception to prevent conception. Accutane stays in the body for a long time, so after stopping Accutane contraception must be continued for at least 3 months.
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.
Accutane. The timing of exposure to the fetus is the critical determining factor, not the dose.

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Can Accutane cause birth defects?

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. Read more...
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. Read more...

Contact with the Accutane pill. What kinds of birth defects would it cause?

Accutane. There are multiple birth defects associated with intrauterine exposure to accutane. There is a certain critical time in the pregnancy where the greatest amount of potential harm can occur. Genetic counseling is strongly recommended to determine what possible effects Accutane exposure could have. Read more...

I took two Accutane pills on february 22 and 23. Each pill is 5 mg. I conceived on may 30. Should I be worried that my baby will have birth defect?

Category X. Isotretinoin (accutane) is a significant human teratogen. It's marketed for cystic acne & despite methods to try to avoid pregnancies, it still happens. However, it's not stored in tissue, the drugs clears after 5 days of ingestion, & luckily for you, it's too early to cause birth defects. Topical tretinoin has not been associated with teratogenic effects. Check with your doc to confirm the above. Read more...
No. The Accutane should be metabolized and out of your system by the time you conceived. Medical guidelines allow for discontinuation of birth control 30 dyas after the last dose at which point the risk is minimal related to accutane. Most of the birth defects associated with Accutane are associated with its use during pregnancy (after implantation of the embryo). Given your timing, minimal risk. Read more...

Does accutane has a dangerous side effect (such as fatal birth defects) in the future like 3-5 years after taking the medication?

No. pregnancy has to be avoided 1 month before starting treatment, during treatment and one month after stopping the treatment, need to use two methods of contraception if sexually active, before, during and after treatment. Check information on the 'ipledge' program. Other side effects than fetal problems, are numerous, and the drug should be used under strict medical supervision, best wishes. Read more...

Could a male's 9 mo Accutane use at age 16 years cause his unborn baby's diagnosis of congenital vsd 10 years later? Or other birth defects?

Unrelated. Any sperm that might be affected during use are long gone 9 years later.We have no data suggesting males use of Accutane relates sperm or causes any birth defect. The medication has a direct toxic effect to an embryo if consumed by the mother during pregnancy. Congenital vsd is one of the most common heart related defects & has a broad genetic basis & some recurrence risk. Read more...
Very unlikely. Accutane during pregnancy has some issues, but not this far removed as far as is known. Read more...
No. . No, it is unthinkable that those could be related. Read more...

How does Accutane not affect your fertility after? It's so serious in causing birth defects while on the drug and messes up hormones, how is it safe?

Who says it's safe? It is one of the more toxic drugs, and the only reason we use it is because for some people, the pain of living with severe acne makes its risks worthwhile. Accutane acts on rapidly growing tissues, which is why it is contraindicated in pregnancy; but it does not appear to be as toxic to ovaries and eggs as it is to an embryo or a fetus. Read more...

Does roaccutane (accutane) medication for acne cause birth defects in a child if the father is taking it, not the mother?

No. It affects only mother takes during pregnancy, not the father, make sure he does not rub it on you by mistake. Read more...
Pregnancy/conception. Accutane creates its problems with fetal formation by having a toxic effect during pregnancy.Like putting the wrong ingredients in a cake, it won't turn out the way you want.The effect does not interfere with the fertile sperm that starts the pregnancy.Millions of sperm are made daily.Any that the drug might effect would not be the strong ones that made it to the egg first and started the pregnanc. Read more...