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Accutane® Side Effects: Mental Health

Accutane®, a medication for acne resistant to other forms of treatment, is a powerful drug that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) required be withdrawn from the market because of dangerous side effects. The drug was taken off the market in June 2009 by its manufacturer Roche.

Accutane® Depression

Among its severe side effects, Accutane® is known to cause depression in some of its users. In fact, among tips given to people who take Accutane® is to let someone you're close to know you're taking the drug, just so they can be alert to any hints of depression that might arise.

An FDA-approved medication guide warns of the possibility of serious mental health problems when taking Accutane. These serious problems include:

  • Depression
  • Psychosis (seeing or hearing things that are not real)
  • Suicide

Accutane® and Mental Illness

An FDA warning advises Accutane® users to stop taking the drug immediately if they or their family members notice any of the following signs or symptoms of depression:

  • Beginning to feel sad or have crying spells
  • Losing interest in activities once enjoyed
  • Sleeping too much or having trouble sleeping
  • Increased irritability, anger, aggression
  • Changes in appetite or body weight
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Withdrawal from family or friends
  • Listlessness or lack of energy
  • Feelings of worthlessness or guilt
  • Thoughts about hurting oneself or taking one's life
  • Starting to act on dangerous impulses
  • Beginning to hear or see things that are not real

Accutane® or its generic name isotretinoin is a potent medication that was developed to treat acne resistant to other forms of treatment or severe nodular acne. This happens when many red, swollen, tender lumps develop in the skin. These can be as large as — inch or more. If the condition is not treated, permanent scarring can occur.

Other extremely serious side effects of Accutane® include severe harm to the fetus, autoimmune diseases, and Crohn's Disease, which seriously harms the colon. The side effects to the fetus were so extreme that patients had to pledge to take two forms of birth control and be under a doctor's care while taking the medication. Only pharmacists and physicians registered with the "I pledge" program could dispense and prescribe Accutane®.

Although Accutane® has been taken off the market, generic forms of the medication are still distributed. The FDA strenuously warns against taking these medications as well as ordering them on the Internet.

For more information, or if you believe you have been harmed by the acne medication, contact our Accutane® lawyers today.

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