Is it Safe to Take Accutane During Pregnancy?
By Nabta Team
Accutane is probably the most famous drug for combating acne. It is also a drug that should never be taken while pregnant, along with other brands of isotretinoin. However, according to Nancy S. Green, M.D., medical director of the March of Dimes, there have been at least 2,000 exposed pregnancies reported since this drug was introduced. Taking Accutane can cause crippling birth defects, including hydrocephaly (enlargement of the fluid-filled spaces in the brain), microcephaly (small head and brain), mental retardation, heart defects, ear and eye abnormalities, cleft lip and palate, and other facial abnormalities.
Taking Accutane for even a short period of time during pregnancy or in the first stages, before women even realize they are pregnant, can still cause birth defects. To be safe, women who take Accutane should not even try to get pregnant until they have fully stopped using Accutane.