If you’ve been trying to treat acne, there’s a good chance that your doctor might suggest taking the drug Accutane. But as with any drug, Accutane also has potential side effects that range from mild to severe. Before filling your first prescription of Accutane, it’s important to understand the side effects that are possible, and how those could affect you.
The Lamber Goodnow team, along with our partner co-counsel firms, represents consumers who have been injured by using Accutane. If you are looking for Accutane attorneys, you can reach our team 24/7, 365 days a year, for a free consultation.
What is Accutane?
Accutane is a form of vitamin A that acts to inhibit the release of oil from the glands in your skin. This in turn usually leads to a reduced severity and frequency of acne. Although Accutane has proven to be successful in treating acne, it is frequently used only after other potential methods of treatment have been tried without yielding the necessary results.
Doctors generally prescribe Accutane as a final option because Accutane has the potential to cause a number of side effects, including some that are quite severe, and some that can remain even after you discontinue using the drug.
Major and Minor Side Effects of Accutane
As with any drug, there are potential side effects from taking Accutane. Some of the side effects are minor, but they can bring with them similar cosmetic frustrations, or personal and social discomfort similar to what you experienced before taking Accutane. Major side effects can result in a significant change in your wellbeing.
The minor side effects of Accutane include:
- Crusted, itchy, or dry skin
- Dryness in the mouth or nasal tissues
- Minor headaches
- Peeling skin on the bottoms of the feet or palms of the hands
- Skin that develops sensitivity to sunlight
Additionally, and unlike other drugs, it’s possible for some of Accutane’s side effects to remain even after you’ve completed your treatment. These include hair loss, eye dryness and problems wearing contact lenses.
The more serious side effects of Accutane include:
- Bone and joint pain
- Redness, itching, burning and discomfort in eyes
- Difficulty moving
- Skin rashes or infections
- Lip scaling, reddening, itching or burning
- Other discomfort
Significant side effects of Accutane include:
- Suicidal thoughts
- Severe diarrhea and headaches
- Vision changes
- Difficulty seeing at night
Consult your doctor if you experience any of these side effects or other physical reactions while taking the drug. For a more comprehensive list of Accutane’s side effects, you may visit this website.
If You Need an Accutane Attorney
Are you looking for an Accutane lawyer? If you have taken Accutane and experienced adverse side effects, you don’t have to go through it alone. You may be entitled to compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, and possibly even pain and suffering. The Lamber Goodnow team and our co-counsel firms work together to help people just like you put their lives back together.
Call us today at 800-283-2652 and let’s talk. We never charge a fee for an initial consultation or case evaluation. And if we proceed with your case, we don’t get paid unless and until you also get paid.