Is Accutane a Dangerous Drug?

Accutane was a popular drug used to treat severe acne in adults before patients realized the medicine was connected to serious side effects, including birth defects. In 2009, the manufacturer had stopped selling Accutane in the United States, but by then several people had already been harmed, and the drug had already continued sale in generic forms. If you or someone you love suffered serious health complications after taking Accutane, make sure you understand your rights.

About Accutane

Hoffman-LaRoche created Accutane to treat severe cases of acne. It is a retinoid, a type of drug typically used to treat cancer, that is essentially a rich form of vitamin A. It was sold only by prescription and administered in capsules. Accutane controls the way in the skin secretes sebum, an oil, thus teaching the skin to regulate itself. By doing this, Accutane can treat and prevent nodule acne.

After the FDA approved Accutane in 1982, the drug became extremely popular for its ability to treat recalcitrant acne. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, Accutane was effective for approximately 85% of all patients. However, several health studies have since linked Accutane’s key ingredients to serious health problems, including pancreas problems and birth defects.

Side Effects

Many patients who took Accutane reported somewhat mild side effects, including dry skin, dry eyes, and increased sensitivity to the sun. However, many patients who took Accutane over an extended period of time reported much more serious side effects, including:

  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Allergic reactions
  • Psychiatric disorders
  • Pseudotumor cerebri
  • Pancreatitis
  • High cholesterol
  • Hearing problems
  • Vision problems, especially at night
  • Birth defects

In 1985, the FDA issued a black box warning, their most serious caution, for birth defects associated with Accutane. Some of which included ear and eye abnormalities, facial dysmorphia, cleft palate, brain problems, and heart defects.

What’s Next?

If you or someone you love experienced serious side effects after taking Accutane, you could be eligible to file a personal injury claim. Even though Accutane is no longer sold in its original form, many individuals who once took the drug still suffer side effects, or have dealt with the lasting effects of those side effects. Also, the drug is still sold in generic forms, which can be just as damaging.

Contact Shrader & Associates L.L.P. for help with your personal injury case.

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