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The Bad Side of Accutane

February 4, 2012
Colson Hicks Eidson

When topical medications fail to control acne, doctors often prescribe Accutane. However, because of its well-documented side effects, using Accutane may not be safe. Accutane is an extremely potent drug used to treat severe cases of cystic acne. It works by dividing cells within the body and this aggressive approach has significant risks and side effects. If you are considering a course of Accutane treatment, there are some things to take into consideration. Always discuss the risks of treatment with a qualified medical expert.

Accutane can affect a developing fetus leading to birth defects, including severe mental retardation and fetal death. Some doctors go so far as to refrain from prescribing Accutane to women of reproductive age due to birth defect risks.

A tremendous Accutane risk is its role in increasing depression and suicidal tendencies in users. Reports have shown that Accutane users have a higher incidence of depression and a greater risk or suicide.

Severe intestinal disorders such as inflammatory bowel disease have also been associated with Accutane use. Because Accutane dramatically decreases the skin’s oil production, it also significantly dries out the throat, eyes and nasal passages in many patients. While not as severe as other side effects, it can be extremely uncomfortable.

If all topical medications have failed to control severe acne, then Accutane is an option. However, because of the above you should seriously consider whether the benefits outweigh the risks.

Do you know someone who had a bad experience with Accutane?

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