Accutane and DodMerd

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  1. Huntlob

    Huntlob New Member

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    My son is applying to West Point in June 2014. How long does he need to be off of accutane before he has his DODMERD physical. I keep getting conflicting reports. Thanks for any help.
     
  2. 845something

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    You will not get a definitive answer because each medical case is handled individually. I caution you/your DS to not start/stop any medical treatment solely based on real/advised admissions standards. It needs to come from the doctor.
     
  3. oldcorpsdad

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    Google "Standards of Medical Fitness" Army Regulation 40-501

    2–28. Skin and cellular tissues
    a. Current diseases of sebaceous glands to include severe acne (706.1), if extensive involvement of the neck, shoulders, chest, or back is present or would be aggravated by or interfere with the proper wearing of military equipment, do not meet the standard. Applicants under treatment with systemic retinoids, including, but not limited to isotretinoin (Accutane(r)) are disqualified until 8 (eight) weeks after completion of therapy.

    This is the start point. After that, everything is on a case by case basis. My son was on it and was told by his liaison to be off it at least 2 months before he had his physical.
     

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