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Inconvenient truth

Though the results, made public by the research study lasting for 7 years, are not at all favorable, they nevertheless needed to be revealed. They refer to the possible health damaging side effects of the drug known as Accutane. The main reason behind this need is the fact that people responsible for the production of this drug somehow never found it necessary to inform the general public and their customers about its side effects, even though there have also been cases of the people committing suicide under the influence of this drug, 

Efficient anti-acne drug?

In case a person is suffering from any of the more severe cases, i.e. varieties of the skin condition known as acne, and no conventional treatment methods and therapies have provided any results and improvement, the next step dermatologists tended to take is recommending the drug in question, also known as Isotretinoin. Another important characteristic of this drug is that is belongs to the category of potent oral drugs, produced by Hoffman-LaRoche, which has yielded pretty astonishing results when it comes to the overall decreasing of the acne and the related manifestations, and in the matter of 15 to 20 weeks only. But despite this incredible success rate, even in battling off those most severe cases of acne, the fact still remains that it is potentially extremely dangerous – there have been recorded cases with rather too severe and also long lasting side effects.

Side effects

Despite the fact that certain Isotretinoin related side effects are pretty mild in nature and quite tolerable, such as the dryness of the lips, eyes and skin, increased sun sensitivity and hair thinning, the list of those even more severe and extremely dangerous side effects is considered to be even lengthier one. They include the following:

  • Pain extremely severe in nature affecting large joints and also lower back and the related region
  • Serious allergic reactions
  • Rashes
  • Difficulty in breathing
  • Vision related problems
  • Loss of hearing
  • Damage of the liver, permanent in nature
  • Recurring headaches and migraines
  • Skeletal hyperostosis

But, unfortunately, this is not the end of the list. Considered to be two of the most severe and health damaging effects are the tendency to induce various birth defects in case it is consumed by a pregnant woman, as well as by a woman who became pregnant while being on an Accutane therapy. Another condition that is related to its use is frequent mood swings, which can potentially lead to the occurrence of depression, although additional researches need to be performed on this matter there. The fact still remains, and is clearly put forward by the manufacturer – it does cause mood swings.

The most horrifying fact in relation to this drug is that statistics dating from 1989 all the way to 2003 reveal that out of 216 drug-induced suicides among teen population under 18 years of age, as many as 72 were connected to Accutane itself. 

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