Accutane is a prescription medication used to treat moderate to severe acne. The active ingredient in this drug is isotretinoin, which is derived from vitamin A. Accutane works by drying up sebum, an oily substance produced by the skin glands. When too much sebum is produced, this can lead to bacterial growth and the inflammation of skin follicles, which can lead to acne. Though Accutane has successfully treated acne in some patients, others have experienced serious side effects.
If you or someone you know suffered any type of side effect that you believe is linked to Accutane, please take a moment to discuss the matter with a Houston personal injury lawyer at our law offices. We are experienced in handling claims related to dangerous drugs and can conduct a free analysis of your case to determine how we can help.
Potential Side Effects
Some of the potential side effects that may be experienced when a patient takes Accutane include:
- Hair loss
- Dry skin
- Allergic reactions
- Brain swelling
- Birth defects
- Psychological side effects
- Hearing loss
- Vision loss
- Joint and muscle pain
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
- Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)
- Liver problems
- Cardiovascular problems
- Ulcerative Colitis
- Crohn's Disease
Some of these side effects are relatively minor, but others are life-threatening. It is important to seek immediate medical treatment and also to consult with an attorney to see whether you may have grounds for a lawsuit against the manufacturer or your doctor for improperly prescribing the drug.
Involving a Dangerous Drug Lawyer
When you take action and involve a lawyer to help with your personal injury claim, you have the opportunity to hold the pharmaceutical company responsible for their actions. This can help you recover much-needed financial compensation for medical care and much more.