The prescription medication Accutane (also known as Isotretinoin) was approved by the FDA in 1982 to treat severe cases of acne that do not respond well to traditional treatments or antibiotics.
The FDA concluded that Accutane was uniquely effective in helping patients with recalcitrant nodular acne, which is a skin condition that can be painful and often leaves deep facial scars. The medication had been shown to cure outbreaks for up to five months.
However, Accutane has been linked to serious injuries, including birth defects, liver damage, schizophrenia and depression.
Contact the drug injury lawyers at Gordon & Doner today if you or a loved one has suffered serious side effects after taking this prescription medication. You may be eligible to file an Accutane lawsuit.
At Gordon & Doner, our lawyers have over 180 combined years of experience handling dangerous drug lawsuits, and we have won millions in verdicts and settlements for clients just like you.
Don’t delay; if you have experienced any Accutane side effects, our drug injury lawyers can help you file an Accutane lawsuit and receive the justice and compensation you deserve.
Accutane Side Effects
Not long after receiving FDA approval, Accutane was linked to serious side effects, which ultimately led to its recall in June, 2009. Among the most severe Accutane side effects was the high rate of birth defects seen in the newborns of women who had used the medication while pregnant. Following extensive meetings in 2000, the FDA concluded that Accutane should not be taken by women are pregnant or trying to become pregnant
Other serious Accutane side effects were noted in several scientific studies conducted between 1994 and 2005. In these studies, scientists discovered a correlation between the synthetic form of vitamin A and Alzheimer's disease, schizophrenia and depression. Synthetic vitamin A is the primary active ingredient in Accutane and is believed to be responsible for causing the medication’s serious side effects.
In one particular study, which was conducted in 2004 at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, scientists discovered that the recommended dose of Accutane significantly disrupted a region of the brain associated with emotions, long and short term memory, and the nervous system. This disruption caused an array of mental disorders, including severe bouts of depression that can lead to suicide.
Schizophrenia, which is a serious mental disorder involving hallucinations, paranoia and difficulty distinguishing reality from fantasy, was also noted in the University of Massachusetts Medical School study. Scientists determined that the most commonly prescribed dose of Accutane could induce schizophrenia in otherwise healthy adults.
Other potential Accutane side effects discovered in the studies include:
- Late onset Alzheimer’s disease
- Thoughts of suicide
- Parkinson’s disease
- Memory impairment
- Crohn's disease
- Ulcerative colitis
- Inflammatory bowel disease
- Compromised hearing
- Vision problems
- Liver damage
- Kidney damage
- Heart problems
Because of the dangerous side effects of Accutane, the national registry iPLEDGE was created to help closely regulate the sale and prescribing of Accutane. Only registered prescribers can authorize the medication to registered patients.
If you have suffered illness or injury after taking this dangerous drug, you may be eligible to file an Accutane lawsuit and receive compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Call 1 (855) 722-2552 to speak with a reputable lawyer who will listen to your story and help determine if you have a dangerous drug claim.
Contact Our Accutane Lawsuit Attorneys Today
At Gordon & Doner, our Accutane lawsuit attorneys have seen firsthand how devastating the side effects of a dangerous drug can be. We have fought tirelessly for millions of victims who have been harmed by the negligent and unethical actions of pharmaceutical companies, and we will fight for you, too.
If you believe you are one of the many patients who has experienced negative side effects while using the acne medication Accutane, contact our Accutane lawsuit attorneys today. We will work diligently to ensure the pharmaceutical company – as well as any other responsible party that values money over human life – will be held accountable for their actions.
Therefore, we urge all Accutane patients to contact our Accutane lawsuit attorneys as soon as possible. We offer 100 percent FREE consultations, and we only get paid if we win a favorable verdict or settlement on your behalf.
If you or someone you love has used Accutane and experienced side effects related to depression, suicide, birth defects or any other major health concern, you may be entitled to money for medical bills and other expenses related to your injuries or injuries to your child.
Contact the experienced Accutane lawsuit attorneys at Gordon & Doner today. We can help.