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Can a GP prescribe Accutane?

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I just wanted to know because I *hate* my derm and *love* my Gp and wasn't sure if it's illegal for a GP to prescribe it or not.. I won't bother asking him for it if he can't in the first place.

Anyway... Thanks for any input.

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Unfortunately not, it has to be given out by a dermatologist. (edit: should have said, if youre in the UK)

Your options are limited, you could request to see another, or go private and pay through the nose.

I dont think its illegal, its just due to the severity of the side affects associated with the drug, they would want to/need to monitor certain vitals.

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Thanks all- I am in the US actually- So, I guess no one here knows if they can or not. Probably not, I would imagine- But, I don't have many options on Derms because of my insurance. I will pay through the ass for Accutane out of pocket anyway, because my insurance doesnt cover it....

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My GP (in the US) gave me my course of 'tane. She was "certified" to give it out, though. I'm not quite sure what that means, but I managed to get a course out of her because of it. Cheap, too. My doctor visits were $0, and my prescriptions for each month were about $3.

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My family doctor is able to prescribe it. I needed a prescription for birth control, so I went to my family doctor to get it. When I called to make the appointment I told the receptionist that I was going to go on Accutane, so I need BC. She must have written something down wrong, because my dr. thought I was coming in hoping to get an Accutane prescription.

He is able to prescribe it, but he had to go through someone sort of training or get certified. I am not exactly sure what.

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GoSaints- I am asking this question to avoid having to go to my Dr in the first place, in case it's a flat out No. Get it? If no one knew for sure, I would go ask him myself and take the risk. My Dr is somewhat far and the hours coincide with my work hours, and I can't take time off work.

Anyway- Thanks all. I don't think my GP is certified.. I just have a feeling... He spoke with me about Accutane awhile ago, and said I shouldn't have been denied, but he never offered to prescribe it and I didn't bother to ask because it didn't really occur to me to do so.

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GoSaints- I am asking this question to avoid having to go to my Dr in the first place, in case it's a flat out No. Get it? If no one knew for sure, I would go ask him myself and take the risk. My Dr is somewhat far and the hours coincide with my work hours, and I can't take time off work.

You shouldn't have to make an appointment to get the answer to your question. Just make a phone call. My GP likes to farm me out to specialists for everything so I always call to see if she can prescribe what I need.

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I could call, but they usually say I should come in. Which pisses me off because I don't want to have to go in for every little thing.. I never really go to the Dr, so if I ever call for a question, they suggest I come in. See what Im sayin? I was just trying to avoid having to go there.

However, I found out that he doesn't prescribe it.. So, I was right. Oh well... I think I'm doomed.

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GoSaints- I am asking this question to avoid having to go to my Dr in the first place, in case it's a flat out No. Get it? If no one knew for sure, I would go ask him myself and take the risk. My Dr is somewhat far and the hours coincide with my work hours, and I can't take time off work.

Anyway- Thanks all. I don't think my GP is certified.. I just have a feeling... He spoke with me about Accutane awhile ago, and said I shouldn't have been denied, but he never offered to prescribe it and I didn't bother to ask because it didn't really occur to me to do so.

Re-read my answer. I didn't say go to your GP. I said ASK your GP.

There's a such thing as picking up the phone and asking a question - get it?

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GoSaints-

I answered someone else who said I could have called- and I told them the reason I didn't call was because generally they will tell me to come in. I hardly go to the Dr, and they always try to get me to come in..so I figured I wouldn't have gotten an answer if I just picked up the old 2 can's and went for it.

That is why I asked. It just so happened that my sister is sick and went in, and asked for me and they said No. Problem solved without your infinite knowledge, GoSaints. I'm gonna go investigate that thing you called a phone and see if I can call someone who can figure out how to pull sticks out of asses..then I'm gonna pick that phone up again and give you a call so you can finally get that tree trunk out of your ass. Get it, ya bitchface?

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Frankie, how about trying a different derm? It might be a pain to switch if your insurance requires you to be pre-approved and all, but as you know, derms differ greatly in their philosophies regarding Accutane and it would be worth it if you could find a qualified prescriber willing to get you on a course.

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I didn't feel like reading all the posts, so I hope that this hasn't already been written, but I have an answer to your question. My dad is an internist and my next-door neighbor is my friend and dermatologist. When I decided I wanted accutane I was going to have my dad prescribe it because he is my physician, technically. What we found out from my derm is, because accutane is such a strong and controversial drug, and with the iPledge program and other hoops you have to jump through, your GP can give it to you ***IF*** they are LICENSED to give it to you (which my dad is not). Otherwise, it must be a dermatologist who is licensed to give it. (This is not to say that all derms are licensed!) It is the same with pharmacies that fill your prescription - they must be LICENSED to fill it. Accutane is highly regulated. I doubt your GP is licensed to give it to you. But - if you want, I would recommend talking to your GP about it and having him/her refer you to your derm (or another, if you don't like your current derm) with the recommendation of accutane. It could help. And don't be hesitant about talking to (or going in to see) your GP about it - most people don't like doctor's offices but you want clear skin, right?! This is the only way you can get one-on-one time with the doc to tell him/her that you would like to be referred to a different derm, preferably one who is known to prescribe accutane to those who need it.

Hope this helped you and answered your question!

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Thanks to both answers! Well, I would switch but this particular office I go to has like 10 or more derms and Physicians Assistants in it and Ive gone to 3 different ones. I don't really have any other choice seeing as how my insurance sucks and doesn't cover many Dr's at all...

And also, yeah I found out that he isn't licensed to prescribe it- so I made an appt for March 14th (only one available...) to talk to one of the derms I went to first and liked, but she had moved buildings..so I had to switch again, but now she is back.. Only thing I should ask now is... She happens to be a physicians assistant... are they able to prescribe Accutane? Maybe if they are licensed to do so? Because I remember her talking to me about going on it, she said "It's very possible but we have to try other things first"-

I don't know, unless she finds it that I am able to take it and gets a Derm to actually prescribe it for me or something.. I dont know, but thanks again to both of you!!!!

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