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 cystic 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 is found...

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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 After I have researched this drug extensively, I can't believe that the FDA allows this drug originally made for cancer patients to be marke...
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Ro-accutane psychological side effects
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I'm 18 years old and have been on ro-accutane for a month and a half taking 30 mg a day. The drug got to work pretty much straight away, and I was drinking lots of water everyday to aid the clearing of my acne. Around 3 weeks into taking the drug my mood became very temperamental and although I love my parents I can no longer be in the same room as them for more than five minutes before I have to run off to my bedroom to be on my own. I've become hugely paranoid over somebody I am dating, but feel I am losing my bubbly personality he once loved and we don't speak much these days. I have a good job working in the offices of a good British university, but my concentration is slipping. I agonise over the wording of my emails so much that I give up and forget to reply to colleag...
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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...
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Just wanted to let everyone know my experience with ro-accutane so far. Started on the medicine for cystic acne caused by stress from work. Very good cleared up in about a month but have to follow out my 9 month course recommended by my specialist. Side effects I have experienced so far: -Extremely dry lips to a point that they split on the sides and I find it difficult to eat any foods at all -constant dry eyes like sand in them -red skin -extreme sensitivity to the sun - extreme weight gain 12kgs in 6 months - mood swings - angry/aggressive - panic attacks - anxiety towards everything - distance from everyone - antisocial - crying over the silliest things - lost all interest in things I used to love - irregular periods every two weeks - but now haven't had it for 7 weeks - can...
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Ulcerative Colitis and Accutane link?
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Hi I recently took accutane for two years and developed ulcerative colitis and acid reflux in the last 2 months of my accutane treatment. I would like to know if there is a link between these two, I find it highly unlikely that I would develop this at 18 and for some reason my hair severely thinned out and falls out occasionally. I think my hair thinning and ulcerative colitis were a result from accutane considering they developed around the same time. Please respond someone ## Yes, Accutane can cause hair loss and there is a link and many legal cases regarding Chron's / U.C. Not sure if your from the U.S., but it is listed as a side effect of the drug! I would see a doctor if you can. ## Hello, Jack! How are you? Yes, Accutane has been known to cause issues like this as side effect...
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Recent struggles while being on accutane
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I started accutane last month and have been on it for 26 days, the first week I was on it it cleared my face up almost completely, in the past week or so my acne has gotten worse, there's more, and different kinds, I've never had a problem with blackheads until now. My skin is so dry and my lips are cracked and hurt so bad, the corner of my lips cracked so now it hurts to eat or open my mouth too wide. They say these symptoms are normal but it's been really hard on me, I'm feeling even more self conscious about my skin now than before I started this medicine, I don't really wanna be seen. I hope it gets better like they say. I just wanna know if anyone else is dealing with or has dealt with this and how long these symptoms lasted for. ## Hello, Kassidy! How are you? ...
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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...
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Accutane Effects After 20 Plus Years...Destruction!
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I Took Accutane ore than 20 years ago...for moderate Acne..... I Experienced the so called Usual Side effects...Dry Lips chapped lips and joint pain..along with severely irritated Stomach...(Sudden allergy to Diary)and other Problems I was ASSURED would soon as i stopped taking the ACCUTANE... Well....Lets just say....The effects do gradually subside....and the Acne is better..... Something else I discovered is.....Slowly....The Joint pain returns...only much more severely...the Stomach problems get worse...and eventually your stomach might even begin to bleed...and feel as though it was burned by acid..... Then..Maybe you will need an x ray...for some small May have suffered...At the Young age of 24....possibly on accout of a Dizzy Spell....(Associated?...)Ma...
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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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problems with accutane
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hi my name is Michael an i took ACCUTANE about 8 years ago n never realized that it could have possibly effected my life in any way. however, I've been extremely on edge and verbally and physically abusive throughout this time. i never could understand why i was so angry an i really still don't know why but after reading up on this medication it really seems too apply to me. I've also had bowel problems that Ive continued too make excuses for an still have never talked too anyone about it. I'm scared cause i love my family an friends but sometimes my aggression seems too take over me an it scares the living hell out of me! i love my family and i want answers. PLEASE GIVE ME ADVISE CAUSE I'm STARTING TO THINK IVE JUST BEEN A LUNATIC ALL THESE YEARS! ## I just ran acro...
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