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Accutane Quick Reference Guide

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Generic name

  • Isotretinoin

Date approved

  • May 1982

Manufacturer

  • Roche Laboratories Inc.

Status

  • No longer available

Approved uses

  • Treatment and prevention of severe acne

Serious side effects

  • Birth defects
  • Suicidal behavior
  • IBD (inflammatory bowel disease)
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Death

Accutane

What is Accutane?

Accutane (Isotretinoin) is a prescription drug manufactured by Roche laboratories and used to treat acne.

Who takes it, and for what condition?

Patients whose acne has not responded to other treatments take Accutane and its generic versions, Amnesteem, Claravis, and Sotret. Accutane is no longer sold, but the generics are still available.

How does Accutane work?

Accutane dries the oil produced by skin glands. Overproduction of the oil, known as sebum, leads to bacteria, which can cause acne.

Studies have linked problems such as inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease to the use of Accutane. Other serious side effects include severe skin reactions.

What can you do?

If you have taken Accutane or one of its generic forms and believe you suffered from serious side effects such as birth defects, Crohn’s disease, or irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), you may have valuable legal rights. Please call our toll-free number (1-888-341-1405) to discuss your case with one of our Accutane injury lawyers.

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