Accutane, also known as isotretinoin, is an oral medication used to treat acne, and works by shrinking the oil glands within the skin. Originally approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1982, Accutane was taken off the market in July 2009.
Dangerous Side Effects of Accutane
Side effects from Accutane use can be categorized as either physical or psychological. The main side effects include suicide, depression, and other serious mental conditions. Physical side effects include digestive issues such as:
- Inflammatory Bowel disease
- Crohn’s disease
- Ulcerative Colitis
Some studies have also linked Accutane use to an increased risk of colon cancer.
The FDA has received many reports of suicides linked to Accutane usage. There are over a thousand cases of psychiatric issues among users since June 2001. The label on the package failed to inform consumers about possible side effects, including depression, psychiatric disorders and suicidal thoughts, according to FDA requirements.