Using Accutane during time of medical evaluation?

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  1. PossibleCandidate2020

    PossibleCandidate2020 New Member

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    Hi, I was considering starting to use Accutane, however I was wondering if it was disqualifying to be using it when you have you have your official medical evaluation. I saw on the website you have stop Accutane by 6 months before I-day, but it never mentions anything about medical evaluations. Also what month do official candidates usually get medically evaluated?

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  2. 2018midmom

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    Yes if you haven't been off 6 months before medical it will probably cause a DQ or remedial. Probably not worth the hassle IMO. Why cause yourself a time consuming headache?
     
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  3. PoppapH

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    Accutane could screw up liver enzymes, I would stay clear of it for now. Two of my sons took it with great results, but it is nasty stuff.
     
  4. Usnavy2019

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    The month a candidate is examined by DoDMERB depends on the candidate themselves. For me, I had my exams done in October because I applied to three academies (USMMA, USCGA, and USNA). I completed my application for USMMA in late September. They gave my name to DoDMERB in early October, and I got examined and remedialed in October and qualified in November. If USNA is the only military agency (DoDMERB term) you are applying to, then they usually start the DoDMERB process when you have 2/3 of the application is complete. Get your application done early. It helps for both the Academy (Rolling Admissions) and DoDMERB as their response time increases as you get into the winter and spring because that's when waivers are requested/reviewed and the bulk of the candidates' names are given to them. Keep in mind DoDMERB covers the Academies, AROTC/NROTC/AFROTC, and other commissioning programs such as SSOP, etc. so they deal with a whole lot of medical files and it can take months to hear from them.
     
  5. jhpugh87

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    BGO and drug rep that used to sell Accutane here. DoDMERB contacts you to schedule your medical review when you reach roughly 50% completion of your application. The above poster is correct, Accutane can be a nasty drug but it does work wonders. I've seen it clear horrible cases of cystic acne to a completely smooth face. However, any female of childbearing age should NEVER take it without very effective birth control. Most physicians will not prescribe it to a female without her being on birth control pills. There is actually a patient consent form/disclaimer in the package insert that the manufacturer recommends both female patient and physician sign. Its rate of causing birth defects when taken while you are pregnant are very high. Any drug can screw up your liver enzymes since most drugs are metabolized by liver enzymes and not everyone's liver enzymes are equally effective. Any drug can cause unwanted side effects, do your research and speak to your physician. But to answer your most pressing question, will Accutane DQ you? I do not know. Contact the admissions office see what they say.
     
  6. Jgordon88

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    I am currently medically disqualified because of Accutane and I was told that I need to be off it for eight weeks prior to I-Day. This is waiverable and all I have to do is send a letter to DODMERB stating that I have stopped my perscription
     
  7. PoppapH

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    Former pharma employee, rep, current father of 2 sons that used accurate with great result. Accutane requires mandatory LIver Function Tests during treatment. Most other drugs do not require that kind of monitoring. The benefits need to be weighted against the risks. Some people think it is for cosmetics, but a kid with true cystic acne is in misery, both physically and psychologically. Good luck to the candidate that is being held up.
     
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