Approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1982 for the treatment of severe nodular acne, Accutane, generic name isotretinion, works by shrinking the sebaceous gland.  By shrinking this gland, oil production in the dermis is reduced; less oil production results in less clogging of pores and fewer breakouts.  While Accutane is effective in treating severe acne, there are many side effects.

Some common side effects reported by Accutane users include

  • Chapped lips
  • Dry skin and itching
  • Cracking or peeling of skin
  • Changes in fingernails or toenails
  • Dryness of nose, mild nosebleed
  • Irritation of the eyelids and eyes
  • Joint and muscle pains
  • Temporary hair thinning
  • Rash
  • Headache
  • Increased sensitivity to sun
  • Decreased night vision

More severe and life-altering side effects include miscarriage of fetus, severe and/or life threatening birth defects, intestinal problems, and psychiatric disorders.

The Accutane label bears a black-box warning, the strongest warning required by the FDA; black-box warnings signify that the drug carries a serious, permanently disabling, or life-threatening side effects.  If taken by a pregnant woman before or during pregnancy, even a single does of Accutane can cause the miscarriage of a fetus or severe birth defects affecting the eyes, face, skull, heart and brain. The FDA requires female Accutane users to monitor pregnancy before, during and after treatment.

Another severe side effect caused by Accutane is inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) in the form of Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, chronic conditions affecting the digestive tract.  If you are using or have used Accutane and are experiencing any of the following symptoms, contact your doctor immediately.

  • Severe pain in your upper stomach spreading to your back
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Increased heart rate
  • Loss of appetite
  • Severe diarrhea, rectal bleeding
  • Stiffness or pain in bones

Additionally, a link between Accutane and psychiatric disorders, such as depression and suicide, has been found.  If you experience any of the symptoms below, call your doctor immediately.

Depressed mood, crying spells

  • Aggression or agitation, changes in behavior
  • Concentration problem, sleep problems
  • Hallucinations, thoughts of suicide or hurting yourself
  • Blurred vision
  • Sudden numbness or weakness

Have You Been Affected by Accutane?

Any individual or the relative of an individual who has suffered due to Accutane’s side effects is permitted to file a lawsuit.  The lawyers can help you determine whether you are qualified to seek compensation.  You may be eligible to seek reimbursement for medical expenses, compensation for pain and suffering, and punitive damages (compensation granted for losses suffered).  If you need further information about the harmful side effects of Accutane or legal advice concerning personal injury matters, we invite you to contact us or to fill out our form on this website for a free case evaluation.