Public Understanding and Awareness of Isotretinoin Use and Safety in Al Ahsa, Eastern Saudi Arabia.
By: Younis NS and Al-Harbi NY.
Therapeutic Innovation and Regulatory Science 2018.
Summary: In Saudi Arabia, isotretinoin is commonly used to treat mild acne even without prescription. This report was undertaken to explore the practice and knowledge of the public in Saudi Arabia regarding the safety of isotretinoin-containing products. A total of 1069 participated in the study. Around half of the participants (44.2%) used isotretinoin with only mild acne as their first choice, which is contrary to the recommended guidelines. 20% of the women did not know that they must cease the drug at least 6 months before pregnancy.