Accutane is an oral medication prescribed to treat individuals with severe nodular acne. Although Accutane has proven effective in treating acne, the drug may have significant side effects. Pregnant women should never take Accutane, as it has been shown to cause birth defects. Furthermore, in 1998 the FDA issued a warning to doctors prescribing Accutane, which cautioned them to monitor patients for signs of depression. There have been numerous cases of mental problems reported for patients taking Accutane. These problems range from irritability to severe depression, in some cases involving suicidal thoughts.
Accutane has been associated with the following serious side effects:
- Liver Failure
- Elevated cholesterol and triglycerides
- Allergic reactions
In addition to the above side effects, Accutane has been associates with the following gastrointestinal disorders:
- Inflammatory Bowl Disease (IBD)
- Crohn’s Disease
- Ulcerative Colitis
If you have been injured by an Accutane related side effect you may be entitled to compensation to help pay for your medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering.
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