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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 11  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 239-242

Washout period for pregnancy post isotretinoin therapy

Dermatology, Venereology and Leprosy, The Venkat Center for Skin and Plastic Surgery - Post Graduate Training Center (Affiliated to RGUHS), Subbanna Garden, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India

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Venkataram Mysore
The Venkat Center for Skin and Plastic Surgery, Post Graduate Training Center (Affiliated to RGUHS), 3437, 1st ‘G’ Cross, 7th Main, Next to BTS Bus Depot, Subbanna Garden, Bengaluru - 560 040, Karnataka
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DOI: 10.4103/idoj.IDOJ_101_19

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Introduction and Background: Isotretinoin is an oral medication used for the treatment of severe acne unresponsive to other medications. This drug is teratogenic and should be prescribed with appropriate caution in selected group of patients. The washout period for pregnancy post isotrenoin therapy has always been a topic of controversy. Several guidelines have recommended a wash out period of one month if pregnancy is planned in a patient being administered with the drug. Objective: This article discusses the available evidence for different recommended wash out periods and addresses important clinical questions that arise. Methods: Pubmed research was carried out to collect relevant data using the keywords isotretinoin, pregnancy, contraception, pharmacokinetics and guidelines. Conclusion: Our research based on the published data concludes that a wash out period of 35 days post isotretinoin therapy is adequate in routine clinical practice.

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