Accutane

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 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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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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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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Accutane Isotretinoin
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Hi everyone, I am Stuart Kneen, I have a cousin who is 21 this year. Nice to meet all of you. But can I ask you guys a question? she has just started taking Accutane (Isotretinoin) for about 5 days now. But is it normal to have a breakout once you take the Accutane? she had a bad breakout once she started taking the medicine. Full of pustules.. Will it go away?
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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 subside...as 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 accident..you May have suffered...At the Young age of 24....possibly on accout of a Dizzy Spell....(Associated?...)Ma...
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accutane and birth defects
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I am wondering if there are any women who have completed their suggested doses of Accutane and had children later. Have there been birth defects that seem as though they could have been triggered by previous Accutane use? I know there are significant risks of birth defects while actively on the drug, but what about the long-term after-use impacts on reproduction? I wish I could ask some physicians to participate in a long-term, observational study for this but I'd have no idea how to go about it. It doesn't seem like anything is out there on this topic. ## Well, April….what I have to say on the subject is…. Having used sites like this for many years and having read/answered many, many posts there are a lot of people that have taken it and experienced health issues th...
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Grateful for feedback
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I am so happy to find this site. I have read many negative things about accutane and from many close friends some serious side effects from the drug. Sadly even a suicide. I took my 15 yo son to a dermatologist today to see if there were some treatments for scarring. I explained to her that I was NOT interested in accutane. She treated me like some uneducated mother who was causing her child long lasting distress from scarring. She brushed off the side effects and continued to tell my son how unhappy he would be if he didn't take accutane. That it would effect his future and his life in a negative way. I am infuriated, he has never been overly concerned about his acne. So angry. It was nice to come here for reassurance about my decision. I appreciate people taking the time to speak ...
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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 believe t
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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...
Updated 3 months ago.
 

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Isotretinoin
  • Capsule: 10mg, 20mg, 25mg, 30mg, 35mg, 40mg
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