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Isotretinoin for Acne Vulgaris: Pearls & Pitfalls
Monday, March 04
7:15 AM - 8:45 AM
Shannon Humphrey, MD, FAAD
Following this course, the attendee should be able to:
- Identify suitable patients for therapy with isotretinoin.
- Safely and effectively prescribe isotretinoin for acne vulgaris.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the drug's side effect profile and controversies surrounding its use.
This focus session includes a concise and clinically focused overview of systemic isotretinoin for acne vulgaris. Attendees will gain an appreciation for selecting suitable candidates for therapy with an emphasis on clinical presentation, contraindications, and side effects. Evidence supporting the use of isotretinoin will be reviewed including new evidence examining alternate dosing strategies. Side effects will be reviewed in detail and participants will gain a thorough understanding of their clinical implications. Evidence surrounding controversial issues including depression and inflammatory bowel disease will be discussed. Patient cases will highlight clinically relevant issues in patient selection, laboratory monitoring, and therapeutic efficacy.