Concerned about Accutane side effects? You’re not alone.

is Accutane right for you? Victoria BC acne treatment, pimple treatment

Accutane is a prescription form of Vitamin A designed to reduce the amount of oil released by glands in the skin. While it is the first course of action for many physicians, we believe Accutane should only be used as an absolute last resort for those suffering from severe forms of acne. Accutane is often prescribed in instances where other methods could be used. Also, it's important to determine the actual root cause of an individual's acne in order to treat it long-term effectively. Otherwise Accutane may only be a short term-solution.

We can’t make the decision to use or not to use Accutane for you, but we do hope you will do your research before beginning any program. Remember it's your health, Isotretinoin (Accutane) is a drug, and pharmaceutical companies aren’t known for always doing what's best for you.

So what are the potential side effects? Read below……(taken directly from the Rx list)

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these  signs of an allergic reaction:
Hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Stop using isotretinoin and call your doctor at once if you have any of these serious side effects:

  • 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 or pain behind your eyes, sometimes with vomiting;
  • hearing problems, hearing loss, or ringing in your ears;
  • seizure (convulsions);
  • severe pain in your upper stomach spreading to your back, nausea and vomiting, fast heart rate;
  • loss of appetite, dark urine, clay-colored stools, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes);
  • severe diarrhea, rectal bleeding, black, bloody, or tarry stools;
  • fever, chills, body aches, flu symptoms, purple spots under your skin, easy bruising or bleeding;
  • severe blistering, peeling, and red skin rash; or
  • joint stiffness, bone pain or fracture.

Tell your doctor immediately if you have any of these less likely but serious side effects:

  • mental/mood changes (e.g., depression, aggressive or violent behavior, and in rare cases, thoughts of suicide)
  • tingling feeling in the skin
  • quick/severe sunburn (accutane can cause sun sensitivity)
  • back/joint/muscle pain
  • signs of infection (e.g., fever, persistent sore throat)
  • painful swallowing
  • peeling skin on palms/soles

Isotretinoin may infrequently cause disease of the pancreas (pancreatitis) that may rarely be fatal. Stop taking this medication and tell your doctor immediately if you develop: severe stomach pain or severe or persistent nausea/vomiting.

Stop taking this medication and tell your doctor immediately if you develop these unlikely but very serious side effects: severe headache, vision changes, ringing in the ears, hearing loss, chest pain, yellowing eyes/skin, dark urine, severe diarrhea, and rectal bleeding.

A severe allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, seek immediate medical attention if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.

Less serious side effects may include:

  • joint pain, back pain;
  • feeling dizzy, drowsy, or nervous;
  • dryness of the lips, mouth, nose, or skin; or
  • cracking or peeling skin, itching, rash, changes in your fingernails or toenails.

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*This page is not to be taken as direct medical advice and does not replace the advice of your personal physician.

Accutane linked to severe skin disorders, Health Canada warns.


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