Accutane can be used in teenagers as well as adults. Accutane can be used safely if it is handled with respect and one follows the guidelines of the ipledge program. The most worrisome side effect is birth defects, which is not a issue for a 16 year old boy, however, other common side effects include severe dry skin, joint and muscle aches, acne flare, liver inflammation,visual changes, drop in blood count and elevation of triglycerides. Depression is a controvertial side effect of Accutane that one must watch for. If you are considering Accutane, i recommend that you visit a board-certified dermatologist and review the information in the ipledge booklet.
Dina Strachan, MD NYC dermatologist 212-627-1004
Web reference: http://www.aglowdermatology.com