Taking steps toward managing side effects

Since 1982, isotretinoin medications, like ABSORICA LD™, have been prescribed to more than 2 million people. But, as with all isotretinoin medications, ABSORICA LD may cause side effects. That’s why there’s an online program for people taking isotretinoin medications called the iPLEDGE® Program.


About iPLEDGE®

The iPLEDGE® Program requires that 2 forms of birth control be used by female patients who can get pregnant for at least 1 month before, during, and 1 month after stopping treatment. Female patients are also required to take pregnancy tests before, during, and after treatment. Both male and female patients will need to enroll in iPLEDGE® and follow the requirements of the program. The goal of this program is to lower the risk of serious side effects, such as birth defects, associated with females taking isotretinoin medications like ABSORICA LD.

Before receiving your ABSORICA LD prescription, you’ll need to:



Sign the Patient Information/Informed Consent form(s). Your dermatologist will go over these with you. Be sure to ask any questions you may have at this time.


Keep appointments. Keep in mind that treatment usually lasts for 5 months.


Fulfill the iPLEDGE® Program requirements. For details, talk to your dermatologist or visit the iPLEDGE® Program site.


This may be a lot to take in, but you can discuss this in more detail with your dermatologist. For more information, talk to your dermatologist or visit the iPLEDGE® Program site.

Record your personal journey to clearer skin

You may feel like your persistent severe (nodular) acne is all that people see. But you could have a chance to reveal the real you. With the downloadable journal, you can keep track of your experience with persistent severe (nodular) acne and get tips from dermatologists who have treated patients like you.

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Tips to prepare

If you’re ready to talk to your dermatologist about the iPLEDGE® Program, it’s a good idea to be prepared for your appointment. Download this customizable iPLEDGE® Program tip sheet to help you get ready for your discussion about the iPLEDGE® Program. If you still have questions about ABSORICA LD, visit our common questions section to help clear up any concerns.


ABSORICA LD™ tips and tricks

Give it a spritz

If you experience dryness, don’t worry—it's a common side effect of the medication. To help keep your nose moisturized and prevent potential nosebleeds, you can try using a saline nasal spray.

Ready to take the next step toward clearer skin?

We understand that trying to find a treatment that works for you can sometimes be frustrating or confusing. You may be wondering whether your acne is just a few pimples or a more serious condition that may require help from a dermatologist. No matter where you are in your journey, we have tools to help you take the next step.

Could I have a severe type of acne?

Is it time to talk to my dermatologist?

Could I have a severe type of acne?

Answer these questions to help better understand your acne and find a way to move beyond the breakouts.

My acne looks like:

My acne feels:

I’ve tried: (choose all that apply)

When it comes to taking my medication with food:

I would feel more comfortable going places and doing things if I had clearer skin:

Is it time to talk to my dermatologist?

Talking with your dermatologist about ABSORICA LD is the first step toward finding the clearer skin you’ve been looking for. But knowing how to start that conversation isn’t always easy. Select the topics you’d like to discuss below to help you have a productive discussion at your next appointment.

Select the topics you’d like to discuss: (choose all that apply)

How would you describe your acne?

Which of the following treatments have you tried? (choose all that apply)

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