Quelling Fears About Teens and Isotretinoin

From depression to suicide, the controversy surrounding the use of isotretinoin in teenage patients is well known. While there is not much you can do to put out the fire surrounding isotretinoin, you may be able to quell parental fears by being thorough. Dr. Lawrence Eichenfield introduced the Symptom Survey Tool at today’s meeting at the annual Hawaii Dermatology Seminar sponsored by Skin Disease Education Foundation, a division of Elsevier.

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Dr. Eichenfield created the Symptom Survey Tool and uses it in his office to monitor his isotretinoin patients. He said the benefits of the survey tool include improved clinical assessment, efficiency, and billing and documentation. The survey asks patients whether or not they experience a list of adverse events. Some of the items included on the survey are dry lips, nose bleeds, headache, dry skin, depression, mood swings, and suicidal thoughts…

To read more of this post, please visit our sister blog The Mole, which is located at SkinandAllergyNews.com.

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