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Suffering from acne, not trying to conceive. Using isotretinoin, biotin. Precautions?

Dr I am on tablet isotretinoin 20 for my acne along with biotin 5 mg. I would like to know what precautions or care I should take to minimise the side effects. I am married and 40 years old.Have a 15 year daughter. No more planning a baby. Applying cetaphil moisturiser and Olay sun screen. Using petroleum jelly for my lips.
Asked On : Wed, 5 Sep 2012
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Dear Kaavya97

1. Isotretinoin is highly treatogenic( deformation to the baby ) , even tough you dont have plans of extending the family , it would be apropriate to use contraception while on the drug

2. In few patients have increased triglyceride and the cholesterol levels , thus if u could take a lipid profile test prior to treatment , it would be of value to you and your treating physician , for deciding the future course of treatment ..

3. the rest of the preventive meseaures that your adopting ( cetaphil mosturiser , sunscreen , petroleum jelly ) will definately take care of the side effects

4. in advent of a) depression b) visual problems - please bring it to the notice of your treating physician

hope i managed to answer your doubt

thank you

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