Accutane Overview

By RealSelf
  • Accutane (marketed outside the U.S. as Roaccutane) is an oral acne medication, Isotretinoin.
  • Accutane is mostly reserved for severe cases of acne because of its many potential side effects.
  • Accutane side effects are well publicized. Accutane has been associated with depression, thoughts of suicide and even some reports of suicide. 
  • Dermatologists are required to inform their patients about the side effects before treating. Additionally, Accutane can affect body organs. 
  • Accutane is a teratogen (can cause birth defects) so it is critical that females do not get pregnant while taking--or for many months--following Accutane therapy.

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