Accutane should be taken two times a day, preferably with food for better absorption, although your doctor may recommend you otherwise taking your medical situation into account. The capsule should be swallowed, without crushing or chewing. Take a glass of water or milk when consuming the capsule.
Based upon your reaction, your doctor may change the dosage of Accutane during the course. In case you have a good response to the medicine, your course will probably end earlier than 15 or 20 weeks.
Accutane warnings and precautions.
When you finish the course of Accutane, you have to respect a rest period during which you won't take the medication. This is because the effects of the drug on acne will continue to develop. In case you don't observe any progress with your acne, your doctor may prescribe you with a new course of Accutane after the rest period.
You should avoid taking Accutane with alcohol or any other drugs, prescribed and over-the-counter medications. Consult with your doctor before taking a course of Accutane. The drug should not be taken by women who are pregnant or plan to become pregnant in the near future, because Accutane can cause serious abnormalities in the developing fetus and negative side-effects. You shouldn't share it with anyone who was not prescribed to take Accutane.
In case you miss a dose you should take it as soon as you remember. But if it's almost time for the next dose, skip the missed one and take a single dose according to the schedule. Never take a double of Accutane, even if you have missed the previous one.
Accutane should be stored at room temperature, in a dark dry place, where children can't find it.
Possible Accutane side effects
There aren't any side-effects that typically take place when going through a course of Accutane. In case you develop any of the following side-effects, which will change their intensity, contact your doctor as soon as possible:
Any drug taken in excessive amounts can cause serious harm to your health. In case you suspect Accutane overdose, seek medical assistance as soon as possible. Accutane overdose is similar to that of vitamin A and can cause the following symptoms:
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