Side Effects

Have you taken Accutane (Isotretinoin) to treat acne?

If you suffer from a severe form of the condition, you and millions of other Americans may have prescribed Accutane to clear up your skin. Sadly, studies show that Accutane can cause birth defects and depression. If you were not informed of these dangerous side effects, you may be able to recover damages. Contact an Accutane Lawyer who can explain your rights and provide you with a free legal evaluation. Accutane works to clear up severe nodular acne that can’t be treated with other drugs and antibiotics. Accutane, a form of Vitamin A doesn’t let the body produce excess amounts of oil and lets the skin renew itself faster. Because of the excess amounts of side effects associated with Accutane, patients are only given a 30-day supply. They must also sign a form acknowledging the risks.

Serious Accutane side effects include:

  • Allergic reactions such as difficulty breathing, closing of the throat, swelling of the lips, tongue or face
  • Blurred, or decreased vision
  • Painful or constant dry eyes
  • Depression including
  • adness, crying, irritability
  • Stomach, chest or bowel pain
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Rectal bleeding, or severe bloody diarrhea
  • Difficulty or pain when swallowing
  • New or worsening heartburn
  • Yellowing of the skin
  • Seizures

Stop taking Accutane and seek immediate medical attention if you experience any of these symptoms.

Accutane has also been shown to cause severe birth defects. You should not take Accutane are pregnant or if you can become pregnant. It’s important to stop taking Accutane if you become pregnant, stop using birth control, or miss your menstrual period. Patients on Accutane should avoid donating blood because it can be given to a pregnant woman.

Since Accutane is derived from Vitamin A, taking additional Vitamin A supplements may increase the risks of side effects. If you have suffered from one of Accutane’s serious side effects, contact a lawyer to learn of your rights.