Taking ABSORICA

Before taking ABSORICA

Tell your Dermatology Healthcare Professional if you or a family member has any of the following health conditions:

  • Mental problems, asthma, liver disease, diabetes, heart disease, bone loss (osteoporosis) or weak bones, an eating problem called anorexia nervosa (where people eat too little), and food or medicine allergies

Tell your Dermatology Healthcare Professional if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. ABSORICA isotretinoin capsules must not be used by women who are pregnant or breastfeeding.

Tell your Dermatology Healthcare Professional about all of the medications you take, including prescription and non-prescription medications, vitamins, and herbal supplements. ABSORICA isotretinoin capsules and certain other medications can interact with each other, sometimes causing serious side effects. Especially tell your prescriber if you take:

  • Vitamin A supplements
  • Tetracycline antibiotics
  • Progestin-only birth control pills (mini-pills)
  • Dilantin (phenytoin)
  • Corticosteroid medicines
  • St. John's wort

These medications should not be used with ABSORICA isotretinoin capsules, unless your prescriber tells you it is okay. Know the medications you take. Keep a list of them to show to your prescriber and pharmacist. Do not take any new medication without talking with your prescriber.

There are also some important things you need to avoid while taking ABSORICA that you should be aware of:

  • Do not get pregnant while taking ABSORICA and for 1 month after stopping treatment.
  • Do not breastfeed while taking ABSORICA and for 1 month after stopping treatment.
    • It is not known if ABSORICA can pass through breast milk and harm a baby.
  • Do not donate blood while taking ABSORICA and for 1 month after stopping treatment.
    • If a pregnant woman gets your donated blood, her baby may be exposed to ABSORICA and may be born with birth defects.
  • Do not take other medications or herbal supplements while taking ABSORICA, unless allowed to by your prescriber.
  • Do not drive at night until you know if ABSORICA has affected your vision.
    • ABSORICA may decrease your ability to see in the dark.
  • During treatment with ABSORICA isotretinoin capsules and for at least 6 months after treatment, do not have cosmetic procedures to smooth your skin.
    • This includes waxing, dermabrasion and laser procedures.
    • ABSORICA can increase your chance of scarring from these procedures. Check with your Dermatology Healthcare Professional for advice about when you can have cosmetic procedures.
  • Avoid sunlight and ultraviolet light as much as possible.
    • Tanning machines use ultraviolet light. ABSORICA may make your skin more sensitive to light.
  • Do not share ABSORICA with other people.
    • It can cause birth defects and other serious health problems.
    • Each treatment is individualized for each patient, as determined by a licensed prescriber.

Starting on ABSORICA

You will receive no more than a 30-day supply of ABSORICA isotretinoin capsules at a time. This is to make sure you are following the iPLEDGE Program requirements. The dose of ABSORICA that you will take has been specifically chosen for you by your prescriber. The amount of medicine you need is based on your weight and other factors. It is recommended that ABSORICA be taken twice a day.

ABSORICA is recommended in two divided doses. The capsules should be swallowed whole with a full glass of liquid. Do not chew or suck on the capsules. ABSORICA can hurt the tube that connects your mouth to your stomach (esophagus) if it is not swallowed whole. IF YOU MISS A DOSE, JUST SKIP THAT DOSE. Do not take 2 doses at the same time. If you take too much ABSORICA, or overdose, call your prescriber or the poison control center right away. The usual length of treatment is 15 to 20 weeks.

With ABSORICA, you don't have to change your usual eating style. While taking ABSORICA, you can eat healthy foods, such as foods with little added fat. You also don't have to time your meals with your medication, since ABSORICA can be taken with or without food. How is ABSORICA different? >

Important instructions while taking ABSORICA

Before prescribing you ABSORICA, your Dermatology Healthcare Professional will explain the requirements of the iPLEDGE Program to you and have you sign the Patient Information/Informed Consent form. Female patients who can get pregnant, must also sign another consent form. You will not be prescribed ABSORICA if you cannot agree to follow all the requirements of the iPLEDGE Program. Be sure to ask your Dermatology Healthcare Professional any questions you may have. Get a 101 on the iPLEDGE Program >

Pregnancy prevention

This information applies to patients who are able to get pregnant. This includes:

  • Women who have menstrual periods.
  • Young women who have not started having menstrual periods.
  • Women who have had a tubal sterilization (women who have had their tubes tied can still get pregnant).

This information does not apply to the following patients:

  • Males.
  • Women who have stopped having periods for 12 months in a row (menopause) and are confirmed by a prescriber as being in menopause.
  • Women who have had their ovaries or uterus removed by surgery

Because ABSORICA isotretinoin capsules can cause birth defects.

It is critical for female patients not to get pregnant while taking ABSORICA. Abstinence means not having any sexual contact with a male at any time during your treatment. If you cannot commit to continuous abstinence from sex with a male, you should use 2 forms of effective birth control while you are taking ABSORICA and for 1 month after finishing your therapy.

Each month of your therapy with ABSORICA isotretinoin capsules:

  • Continue using 2 forms of effective birth control together.
  • Get a pregnancy test performed at a CLIA-certified laboratory. The test results must be negative.
  • Get a prescription from your prescriber for your next 30-day supply of ABSORICA.
  • Answer questions to show that you understand the iPLEDGE Program and pregnancy prevention.
  • Begin your next 30-day prescription of ABSORICA and make sure to schedule your next appointment. Take ABSORICA exactly as prescribed. IF YOU MISS A DOSE, SKIP IT. DO NOT TAKE 2 DOSES TOGETHER.

After your final prescription is finished:

  • Get a pregnancy test administered by your prescriber.
  • Continue using 2 forms of effective birth control together for 30 more days.
  • Get a final pregnancy test administered by your prescriber 30 days after your last dose of ABSORICA.
  • DO NOT donate blood for 1 month after your last dose of ABSORICA.

Staying on ABSORICA

To have the best chance for treatment success, it's important to take your ABSORICA exactly as prescribed for as long as your Dermatology Healthcare Professional instructs you to. It's also important to follow the requirements of the iPLEDGE Program.

There is a lot to remember when taking your treatment. Try your best to be patient, organized, and committed to your ABSORICA treatment plan. Lean on your family and friends to help you stick with it. Think of it as a commitment to yourself: taking acne control into your own hands and managing your overall health.

Treatment Checklist

Complete and download this ABSORICA Treatment Checklist to help you stay on track with ABSORICA and your iPLEDGE commitments. This treatment checklist does not replace your iPLEDGE program requirements or your Dermatology Healthcare Professional’s advice.

Step 1

Are you:

Are you able to become pregnant?

Step 2

Select which months you would like treatment checklists for:

Pre-Treatment

  • Learn about isotretinoin and the iPLEDGE Program.
  • Plan for office visits.
  • Choose 2 iPLEDGE Program acceptable forms of birth control.
  • Start using both forms of birth control together all the time for at least 1 month before starting ABSORICA.
  • Have 2 negative pregnancy tests:
    • The 1st is for you to get registered in the iPLEDGE Program and may be performed in your doctor’s office.
    • The 2nd is before you start ABSORICA and must be performed by an approved lab during the first 5 days of your menstrual period.
  • Sign the Patient Information/Informed Consent form(s).
  • Get a prescription from your doctor.
    • Before you obtain it, access the iPLEDGE system to answer questions about the program and pregnancyprevention. You can answer these after your doctor has entered your pregnancy test result in thesystem.
  • Obtain your prescription for up to a maximum 1-month supply.
  • Obtain your prescription within the 7-day window, counting the date of the pregnancy test as DAY 1.
  • Read the Medication Guide that comes with your ABSORICA.
  • Learn about isotretinoin and the iPLEDGE Program.
  • Plan for office visits.
  • Sign the Patient Information/Informed Consent form.
  • Get a prescription from your doctor.
  • Obtain your prescription for up to a maximum 1-month supply.
  • Obtain your prescription within the 30-day prescription window counting the date of the office visit as DAY 1.
  • Read the Medication Guide that comes with your ABSORICA.

Month 1

Month 2

Month 3

Month 4

Month 5

Post-Treatment Checklist:

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