Skin sin no. 8: Getting refills of prescription pills without seeing your doctor Your dermatologist can prescribe medication for various skin ailments like acne and rosacea, and the prescription can be good for several months at a time. However, Wu says it's a good idea to see your derm again before you refill an Rx. "Some medications need to be monitored closely, such as isotretinoin (formerly known as Accutane)," she says. "[Others] can be harmful to your liver, drop your blood pressure, or cause electrolyte imbalances. I usually see my patients at least every couple of months, or even more frequently [if they're on] isotretinoin."
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