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 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 After I have researched this drug extensively, I can't believe that the FDA allows this drug originally made for cancer patients to be marke...
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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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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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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...
Updated 17 days ago.
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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Around 2005 my 15 yr. old son was put on Accutane for severe acne. He begin being very tired, but most teenagers come home from school and take a nap especially when catching the school bus at 6:30 am. His acne cleared up very quickly. He was very active, baseball, volleyball, etc. He started having symptoms at age 16 of rapid heart palpitations and shortness of breath, just walking across the yard, but didn't say anything because he thought he was "out of shape". I immediately took him to the doctor who could not find anything wrong on physical exam. So he submitted a full blood panel. That night I received a phone call to get him to the emergency room immediately, his red blood cells and platelets were critically low and he needs a blood transfusion. Upon further testing h...
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Roche accutane side effects
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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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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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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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