I went out drinking last night and I'm on Accutane, should I worry? I'm on 60 Mg of Accutane a day, if this is the only alcohol I consume while on the Accutane do I have anything to worry about?
Safe to Drink Alcohol While on Accutane?
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Alcohol while on Accutane
The reason a person should not drink alcohol while on accutane is because this medication is metabolized by the liver. Accutane itself can cause mild liver dysfunction so if you drink alcohol on top of taking the medication, the liver is taking another "hit" so to speak. I would strongly advise against drinking alcohol while on Accutane. That being said, I have had certain patients ignore my advice. They do not appear to have suffered any long-term liver damage. I would not worry about what you have done, but I would not let it happen again.
Drinking alcohol while on Accutane
I would not drink while on accutane
Accutane is metabolized by the liver and can raise liver tests if a high dose is used. I use low dose accutane so I rarely ever see this. Drinking alcohol can potentially raise the liver tests if done frequently while someone is on accutane.
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Since alcohol and Accutane are both metabolized by the liver, it's not wise to do both at the same time.
But we're all human and some patients continue to drink while they take Accutane. I have to warn them against that and it's best in my opinion to follow that advice.
If I had a patient I knew was binge drinking while on Accutane, I would probably discontinue therapy, following my primary responsibility to my patient's general health.
Officially no. But.....
Moderation is the key.
Dr Davin Lim
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