Jump to content
Search In
Find results that contain...
Find results in...

Accutane in the Uk?

Recommended Posts


Is anyone here from the UK? it seems alot of people are from the USA!

Anyway, I have booked an appointment with my doc on monday. I have tried everything so I am wondering if Accutane will work for me?

Would I have to be passed on to a Dermtologist (sorry about spelling)?

Also would I get the treatment free on the NHS?

Also will they give it to me if I have had a history of depression?

Thanks for asking me questions ... if anybody does!


Link to post
Share on other sites

Accutane is available in the UK as RoAccutane. I'm not sure how everything works over there, but i'm pretty sure in the Uk a dermatologist has to prescribe it. I think it should only be prescribed by derms anyway since they have the most experience with this drug.

Link to post
Share on other sites

GPs cannot prescribe Roaccutane, only dermatologists can. You probably aren't going to be able to referred to a dermatologist straight away, chances are you'll be offered some antibiotics; oxytetracycline or whatever.

If thats the case, do the course, if nothing improves, I guess you can ask to be referred to a derm. I'm pretty sure Roaccutane is free on the NHS but somebody who has got it off them prolly can tell you for sure. Good luck :)

Link to post
Share on other sites

I recently begun on roaccutane in the UK - i saw specialists in my good old home town Manchester but go to university in Sheffield at the moment.

Anyhow - i saw my GP who gave me some antibiotics and topical cream while i waited for my derm referral. I only had to wait about a month and a half which actually went quite fast while at university. The whole process was completely free, but you won't get Roaccutane without a dermatologist prescribing it for you.

I got my precription on the same day as my first ever derm visit since im young and healthy.

And the NHS cops the entire cost. :P

EDIT: Meant to say - if your doctor SUGGESTS another course of action just say no and ask him rather assertively to sort out a referral to a derm. It's not him you need to convince anyway so make sure he gets you an appointment with a specialist! Then you can get to work on convincing the derm. (Although considering i had only tried 2 kinds of treatments and had MILD acne, the derm practically threw roaccutane at me - i got a friendly woman).

Link to post
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

  • Personalized Advice Quiz - All of Acne.org in just a few minutes