Accutane is a capsule that reduces the amount of oil released by oil glands in your skin. It is a form of vitamin A that also helps your skin renew itself more quickly.

Accutane is primarily given after other acne medications or antibiotics have been used and have been unsuccessful in treating severe acne. It may also be used for other purposes not listed, but recommended by a doctor. Most people are prescribed Accutane after other medications or antibiotics have failed to treat symptoms.

Warning if Pregnant

Do NOT take Accutane if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant. The pill can cause severe birth defects if the mother takes the medication during pregnancy. Even only one dose can cause major birth defects of the baby’s ears, eyes, face, skull, heart, and brain.

Possible Side Effects

Accutane also has other possible side effects after normal use. If you experience any of these side effects, contact your doctor immediately. Some possible side effects include:

  • Depressed mood
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Sleep problems
  • Crying spells
  • Aggression or agitation
  • Changes in behavior
  • Hallucinations
  • Thoughts of suicide or hurting yourself
  • Sudden numbness or weakness, especially on one side of the body
  • Blurred vision
  • Sudden and severe headache
  • Pain behind your eyes
  • Vomiting
  • Hearing problems, hearing loss, ringing in your ears
  • Seizure (convulsions)

Accutane side effects can be severe, and you should seek legal help if you or a loved one have suffered due to taking this medication.

The following video provides seven of the most common side effects of Accutane.

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