Accutane side effects

March 01, 2011 @ 11:48 AM -- by

As a Corpus Christi Accutane lawyer, I am aware of the various side effects of this acne medication. Accutane (also known as isotretinoin or roaccutane) is an acne medication which is manufactured by Roche Pharmaceuticals. The drug has been scrutinized by the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) due to various psychiatric side effects, including depression, suicide, and other very serious conditions. Various studies have also linked Accutane to a higher risk of colon cancer.

Accutane, which is a derivative of Vitamin A, is considered by many dermatologists to be a strong weapon against severe and persistent acne. Accutane essentially reduces the skin's production of oil. Accutane is usually prescribed in serious cases of scarring acne which have not responded to other antibiotic medications.  Accutane has been a hugely successful money-maker for its manufacturer, Hoffman-La Roche (Roche). The drug was introduced and approved by the FDA in 1982. Over the last few years, the number of Accutane prescriptions was down in the United States, largely because of the serious side effects. In 2009, Accutane was officially pulled off the market by Hoffman-LaRoche because of the various problems.

 There are many known severe risks associated with taking the drug. Some of the more serious problems include:

Birth defects, premature births, miscarriages, and deaths in babies whose mothers took Accutane while pregnant

Crohn's Disease, inflammatory bowel disease, ulcerative colitis,, and rectal bleeding

Clinical hepatitis and liver problems

Depression and suicidal thoughts and attempts

Bone fractures, a decrease in bone density, spontaneous osteoporosis, and muscle weakness

Decreased night vision

Permanent hearing loss, and

                           Serious allergic reactions.

Contact Corpus Christi Accutane attorneyScott Nelson if you have had problems with Accutane.