Accutane is a prescription medication used to in the treatment of severe acne. In some cases, potentially serious side affects may occur from using Accutane, so it’s very important to discuss these carefully with your doctor before starting treatment.

Accutane (marketed outside the U.S. as Roaccutane) is an oral acne medication, Isotretinoin.

Because of the risk of side effects, Accutane is mostly reserved for cases of severe acne.

Adverse effects from taking Accutane have been well publicized. Accutane has been linked to depression, suicidal thoughts, and even some reported cases of suicide. Additionally, Accutane may affect body organs.

Dermatologists are required to inform their patients about these potential side effects before prescribing Accutane.

Accutane can cause birth defects, so it is critical for female patients not to get pregnant during or for several months after their use of Accutane. Ask your doctor for details.

Published: 2013-01-18

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