Accutane is a vitamin A-based medication that is used to treat acne. Patients who take this medication may see a reduction in their acne-related symptoms, even if they have not achieved the desired results with other prescription drugs. However, patients should know about the potential health risks involved when taking this medication to remedy skin conditions. Those who have experienced adverse reactions while using this medication should also be aware of their legal rights.
How Accutane Works
This medication is intended for cystic, or nodular, acne. It is known as a “retinoid” drug, which decreases the production of sebum (a naturally occurring oil). Excessive sebum can build up and cause blemishes and acne. Accutane may also indirectly help to reduce the likelihood of acne scarring.
Though Accutane may help many patients treat their acne symptoms, it has the potential to cause adverse reactions and side effects, such as:
Feelings of depression or explained sadness (including thoughts of suicide)
Inability to sleep
Aggression or irritability
Numbness or weakness
Impaired vision (including pain in the eye area)
Hearing impairment or ringing in ears
Pain in upper stomach or back
Rapid heart rate
Irregular urine or stools
Bone pain (including fractures and joint aches)
This medication has also been given an X rating by the FDA, meaning that it should not be used by pregnant women. Evidence suggests that the medication may cause fetal abnormalities. The FDA states that women who took Accutane while pregnant gave birth to infants who were born with cleft palates, missing ears, and other serious medical conditions.
Roche stopped manufacturing Accutane in June 2009, claiming that it was due to the slow sales of the product and increased competition in the pharmaceutical marketplace. However, patients who took Accutane and experienced any side effects or serious medical complications may be eligible for compensation, such as reimbursement of medical expenses. Speaking with one of our qualified legal professionals can help patients determine if they may qualify.