Drink Alcohol on Accutane: What will Happen?

Short Answer: If you accidentally drink alcohol while on Accutane, you may damage your liver, increase your triglycerides, and cause other serious side effects.

Accutane is a form of vitamin A that reduces the amount of oil released by oil glands in your skin and helps your skin renew itself more quickly.

It is used to treat severe nodular acne that has not responded to other treatments, including antibiotics.

You must have a negative pregnancy test before taking Accutane and use two forms of birth control.

You must agree to use iPLEDGE program and follow all directions on your prescription label.

If you accidentally drink alcohol while on Accutane, you may experience serious side effects such as liver damage, high triglycerides, pancreatitis, nausea, vomiting, and rapid heart rate.

This is because both Accutane and alcohol can affect your liver function and lipid levels in your blood.

Accutane can also increase the levels of dopamine and GABA in your brain, which can cause drowsiness, dizziness, depression, and seizures when combined with alcohol.

It is quite uncommon to drink alcohol while on Accutane due to the risk of severe complications and the warnings from your doctor and pharmacist.

You can prevent these problems by avoiding alcohol altogether or limiting your intake to very small amounts.

You should also monitor your liver function and lipid levels regularly with blood tests and report any symptoms to your doctor immediately.

To avoid accidental drinking while on Accutane, you should inform your friends and family about your medication and its interactions with alcohol.

You should also avoid situations where you may be tempted or pressured to drink, such as parties, bars, or social gatherings.

You can also carry a card or a bracelet that states you are on Accutane and cannot drink alcohol.

Finally, remember, Accutane is a powerful medication that can help you clear your acne, but it also requires careful monitoring and compliance.

You should always follow your doctor’s instructions and the iPLEDGE program rules when taking Accutane.

You should also avoid any substances that can interfere with Accutane, such as alcohol, vitamin A supplements, or other acne medications.

About the Author

Abdur Rahman Choudhury

Abdur Rahman Choudhury is a nutrition coach with over 7 years of experience in the field of nutrition.

He holds a Bachelor's (B.Sc.) and Master's (M.Sc.) degree in Biochemistry from The University of Burdwan, India. He was also involved with a research project about genetic variations in the CYP11A gene among PCOS and Metabolic Syndrome patients.

He has completed the following online courses: Stanford Introduction to Food and Health by Stanford University (US) through Coursera, Certificate in Nutrition from Fabulous Body Inc. (US), Lose Weight and Keep It Off certificate course from Harvard Medical School (US), and Nutrition and Disease Prevention by Taipei Medical University (Taiwan) through FutureLearn.

Abdur currently lives in India and keeps fit by weight training and eating mainly home-cooked meals.

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