Dangers of Accutane

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What is Accutane?

Accutane is a prescription medication used to treat a type of severe acne (nodular acne) that has not been helped by other treatments, including antibiotics. 

What are the Common Side Effects of Accutane?

The common less serious side effects of taking Accutane include:

What are the Serious Side Effects of Accutane?

There are many possible serious side effects of taking Accutane, including:

How Can Accutane Affect Me Mentally?

Some patients, either while using Accutane or soon after stopping their use of Accutane, have become depressed or developed other serious mental health problems.  Some patients taking Accutane have had suicidal thoughts, some have attempted suicide, and some have taken their own lives. 

What are the Signs of Mental Problems?

You should stop taking Accutane and talk to your doctor immediately if you:

What are the Special Warnings for Women Who Use Accutane?

You must not become pregnant while taking Accutane, or for one month after you stop taking Accutane.  Accutane can cause severe birth defects in the babies of women who take it while they are pregnant, even if the drug was taken for a short time.  There is an extremely high risk that your baby will be deformed or will die if you take Accutane while you are pregnant.  Taking Accutane also increases the chance of miscarriage and premature births.

What Should I Avoid While Taking Accutane?

There are many actions you should not take while using Accutane.  Examples include:

Do I Need a Lawyer if I Have Been Taking Accutane?

If you believe you have been injured by Accutane side effects you should speak with a good products liability attorney who is experienced in working with victims of unsafe drugs.  Your legal rights depend upon your contacting an attorney within a timely manner after the discovery that you are suffering from Accutane side effects.  You may be able to bring suit with the aid of an attorney, or sue with a group of other victims as part of a class action lawsuit.

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Last Modified: 08-06-2012 04:29 PM PDT

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