Active Ingredient(s): Isotretinoin
FDA Approved: * May 7, 1982
Pharm Company: * HLR
Category: Skin Care

* This drug may consist of multiple approval dates, manufacturers, or distributors. If applicable, they would be listed below under "NDC Database Records".

Accutane Overview

Isotretinoin (INN) (etymology and pronunciation), also known as 13-cis retinoic acid and first marketed as Accutane by Hoffmann-La Roche, is an oral pharmaceutical drug primarily used to treat severe nodular acne. Rarely, it is also used to prevent certain skin cancers (squamous-cell carcinoma), and in the treatment of other cancers. It is used to treat harlequin-type ichthyosis, a usually lethal skin disease, and lamellar ichthyosis. It is a retinoid, meaning it is related to vitamin A, and ...

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Accutane and seizures
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I took roaccutane in 1996 and again in 1997. Each time was for around 6 months. I had a 6 minute tonic clonic seizure in August 2011 and another one in January 2012. I'm wondering whether this is related, although it is a big gap. Has anyone else developed seizures 15 years or so after finishing roaccutane? ## YES....I Hate to Even Admit it..But..I have had several Seizures....Some lasting 15 minutes...It is Like being trapped inside a body that will not work..or even perform the simplest tasks....I could see...and realize..I was drueling...but my right arm was contorted..and my left arm was basically rigid....I believe it is About time..We all find a way to form a network...of people...that can compare notes.....More aptly...than on here..Please contact Me. ## I can't say wheth...
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accutane long term side effects
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I have a son that took accutane 60 mg a day for six months in a row three years ago. Now after many trips to doctors over strange medical problems, it seems accuatne is the culprit medication that has caused servere joint and muscle pain, severe dry lips, redness in face, eye infections of own immune system attacking itself, systems of osteoarthritis in both shoulders, both wrist and right hand, blood in stool, possible hair loss, abnormal liver function test results in AST and ALT. My son went from being a high school football and track athlete while taking this medication three years ago to someone that is in constant pain just washing a car. After I have researched this drug extensively, I can't believe that the FDA allows this drug originally made for cancer patients to be marke...
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OK Everyone, I found the letter that was sent to me from a LAWYER the same week my son died from complications of a bone marrow transplant do to idiopathic Aplastic Anemia. I always, always thought that ACCUTANE was the cause for him coming down with this rare blood disorder but was told it would be hard to prove by the doctors and as you can imagine I was too upset to follow thru, I wish I did! This is a generic letter and actually called Attorney Advertisement. I do not know if they are even still in business. MIKAL C. WATTS ATTORNEY AT LAW 2506 N. PORT AVE. CORPUS CHRISTI, TX 78401 1-877-220-0012 Good luck all and be careful with your information until you know this is legit.
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Accutane and Infertility
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I took accutane almost 14 years ago as a teenager. I am now a 32 year old woman who has just been diagnosed with infertility that they believe is linked to autoimmune issues. I truly believe that accutane is the cause of this; from the research that I have done it seems that accutane has been linked to other thyroid-related diseases, but that they have not yet been able to prove a link between accutane and infertility. There are, however, actually more people like me out there than I originally thought. Being diagnosed with ovarian dysfunction has been a horrific, horrific blow. And while there was plenty of information about accutane and birth defects, no one ever mentioned a possibility of future infertility. I was a teenager! This is a tragedy and I believe something should be done a...
Updated 13 days ago.
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My son was hospitalized a few years ago for acute pancreatitis. At the time, he was taking Accutane and drinking (social). He is now back on Accutane and promised he will not be drinking for 6 months. Is he in danger of getting pancreatitis again? ## I have been diagnosed with chronic pancreatitis, ibs and chronic abdominal pain! I took accutane when i was a kid! I took accutane for a year!! There is no history of this in my family! The doctors say i have crones disease and ulcer lites! So i do not know what to do any more can any 1 help? ## It is listed as a rare side effect of the drug, however, it appears yours did not manifest when you were taking it, so it may be totally unrelated. The only thing I can suggest is consulting your doctor. ## Then what could have caused it? Becuse the...
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New Side Effects After Accutane Treatment?
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Hi. I finished my 6 month Accutane treatment a month ago and have been feeling very weird since then. I have a lack of energy, loss of appetite, and get full after only 2-4 bites of a meal. My first period since I finished accutane was awful. I'm usually very light and don't have any major cramps but this month, it was horrendous. Could these symptoms be my body trying to get used to being off of the medicine? I haven't read anywhere about side effects after your treatment but, I haven't been doing anything different in my lifestyle. Thanks so much! ## Hello, Lindsey! How are you? I'm sorry about how you're feeling. After finishing your course of treatment with it, it would actually be withdrawal effects and yes, it is completely possible to experience them, beca...
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accutane side-effects
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I went this medication when it first came on the market in 1982. Yes, it cleared up my acne but I truly believe that this drug made me infertile. Does anyone know the stats on accutane causing infertility? As I have had 3 endoscopies and a colonscopy before the age of 43. I have chronic heartburn and problems with my bowels. One doctor indicated that I had IBS but I never was officially diagnosed nor was the accutane indicated for my infertility issues. I guess I'm screwed sice that statue of limitations is up for me of course I didn't know about all these issues up until a few years ago. I am very concerend though about my nephew-He is 18 and is on accutane. He has horrible cystic acne and nothing has worked for him. Last I saw him, His face looked really good-My concern is for...
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Nerve pain on accutane
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i have been on Accutane for three months now, first two on 20mg and started the 3rd month on 40mg. After upping the dose, I got severe nerve pain in my mouth, initially I thought it was my teeth so I went to the dentist and discovered it wasn't my teeth nor gums (which was a bonus) however the pain lasted on and off for over a week which I can only describe as an intermittent electric shock feeling which painkillers have not helped with. I have tried contacting my Dermatologist but have had no response. Has anyone else had this as a side effect? ## Hello, Catherine! How are you? Yes, that can be a side effect of this medication, as reported by the U.S. FDA. You may also experience nausea, skin rash, abdominal pain, diarrhea and depression. Has anyone else that's taken it experie...
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The worse dission I have ever made
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I have been on the accutane drug for 5 months now I am 15 and yes my skin is clear with still a few spots but going through the side effects hasn't been worth it. I have suffered with terrible mood swings one minute ok the next crying, serious depression that has caused me to mess up my exams, miss school, not bother to leave the house. My life has been turned upside down and I prey I will feel better after coming of the drug but I have lots my whole persernality I used to be happy always with I smile bubbly and make people laugh, now I am nothing.i have created a bad relationship with good beacuse I have become so depressed I eat constantly to make myself feel better yes at the time it does but after I just feel sick and depressed again not one day goes by when I am happy, I believ...
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accutane lung and neurological side effects
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Hello, I wanted to share my story and ask others if they are experiencing similar side affects. I'm a 35 year old female and took accutane 6 months ago for 6 weeks only (prescribed not for acne, but for seborrheic dermatitis which is normal/legal in Poland where I was diagnosed)! Four months later I have more and more side effects that are gradually appearing and getting worse. My main concern: - shortness of breath and occasional chest pain (started recently and getting worse by day, but x-ray doesn't show anything unusual nor do the blood tests) - head pressure (a bit like sinus infection, but without a mucous), mainly at top of nose, slightly stuffy nose, temples, front and top of head and occasional ear ache - neurological issues, aches (still mild) in arms and legs, extreme...
Updated 3 months ago.

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