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Will accutane hurt my athletic performance?

I am currently a Division 1 College swimmer, which entails 9 practices a week plus weights and plyometrics. I just started isotretinoin (accutane) this week, and I'm nervous that my swim season (which lasts till February) will be hurt because of shoulder pain or the other side affects accutane causes.

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Accutane and athletic performance

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I have many current and past patients who take Accutane during peak athletic seasons. All of my patients are on a low dose regimen anyway to minimize side effects, so as long as this is what you are also doing, I'd think you will be just fine. Make sure you ask your prescribing physician and voice your concerns. As doctors we can't address things we don't know about!

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