Accutane® Side Effects

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Accutane® is a medication that used to be prescribed to adults and teens suffering from severe acne. Prescribed over the short term, usually 6 months, it effectively clears the skin where other medications have proven ineffective. However, taken over the long term, Accutane® has been associated with severe side effects including headaches, stomach and intestinal pain, hair loss, depression and thoughts of suicide.

While it may treat acne, Accutane® can be a dangerous drug with long-term side effects. If you think you have been harmed by Accutane®, contact our Accutane® attorneys to find out if you have the right to seek compensation by filing a lawsuit.

Accutane® and Intestinal Side Effects

Accutane® is associated with serious intestinal side effects that often develop after treatment has ceased. Symptoms of intestinal damage include:

  • diarrhea
  • stomach or intestinal pain
  • dark urine
  • rectal bleeding
  • heartburn
  • jaundice

These are often symptoms of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). If you have these symptoms, it is important to contact your health care provider immediately.

Accutane® Side Effects & Depression

In addition to severe intestinal side effects, Accutane® is also associated with depression and impaired mental health in some patients. The association between the drug and mental health has been studied over the last two decades. In fact, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a warning about the drug. The FDA also requires the manufacturer to print the warning on the packaging information for the drug.

Long Term Side Effects of Accutane®

Other long-term side effects of Accutane® might include liver damage, Crohn's Disease and ulcerative colitis. Women who are taking Accutane® are required to take birth control before and during treatment to avoid pregnancy as the drug is associated with severe birth defects. When taking Accutane®, it is important to avoid alcohol as the side effects can worsen with alcohol intake.

Accutane® can be a dangerous drug. If you or a loved one has taken Accutane® for the treatment of acne and suffered severe short- or long-term side effects, contact an Accutane® lawyer today for a consultation to assess your case. You might be eligible for financial compensation.

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