Accutane Information and Warnings

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Accutane, the trade name for the generic drug isotretinoin, is approved by the FDA for the treatment of cystic or nodular acne that can cause severe scarring. Because of serious and varied side effects, Accutane is recommended for use only when all other possible treatments have failed. Accutane is a synthetic form of vitamin A that decreases the amount of oil on the skin and increases the rate of skin replacement.

Accutane has been linked to pancreatitis and inflammatory bowel disease. Increased suicidal thoughts and suicide attempts may also be Accutane side effects. These issues have been the subject of several lawsuits, See Accutane Lawsuits, Litigation & Lawyers for more information. Some of these lawsuits argue that Hoffman La Roche has withheld information about the danger of suicide and other psychiatrically related Accutane side effects. The FDA has required Hoffman La Roche to increase the level of warning about psychiatric disorders related to Accutane use in 1998, 2000, and 2002.

Hoffman La Roche, the manufacturer of Accutane, admits that Accutane causes birth defects in many children born to mothers who took Accutane during pregnancy or shortly before becoming pregnant. A 1990 FDA report estimated 11,000 to 13,000 Accutane-related abortions and 900 to 1,100 Accutane-related birth defects since the drug had been approved. Under pressure from consumer advocacy groups and the FDA, Hoffman La Roche has issued warnings of the danger of birth defects and set up programs intended to educate patients and reduce the number of women who become pregnant while taking Accutane.

A more recent study has linked Accutane to heightened levels of tryglycerides, cholesterol, and transaminase.

If your health care provider recommends treatment with Accutane, carefully consider the side effects, take every care not to become pregnant during the treatment, and make sure that you and your health care provider monitor your health for possible side effects.

If you or a family member have been injured or a family member has died after using Accutane, you may be entitled to receive compensation for your damages. Consult a qualified Accutane attorney to have your case evaluated.

Check out the following articles for more information about Accutane, filing an Accutane lawsuit and finding an Accutane attorney.

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