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Oral retinoids and pregnancy.

Authors
  • Chan, A
  • Hanna, M
  • Abbott, M
  • Keane, R J
Type
Published Article
Journal
The Medical journal of Australia
Publication Date
Aug 05, 1996
Volume
165
Issue
3
Pages
164–167
Identifiers
PMID: 8709884
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

The oral retinoids isotretinoin and etretinate are uniquely effective in the treatment of severe cystic acne and keratinisation disorders. Because of their known teratogenicity, there are strict prescription guidelines, but exposure during pregnancy still occurs. A dedicated effort by women and their clinicians is required, involving patient selection, education and informed consent, detailed contraceptive counselling, and careful monitoring and management, including pregnancy testing before commencement of therapy.

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