Accutane is the most common brand name for the drug Isotretinoin. Its purpose is to treat severe acne. It's so potent it's also used sometimes in chemotherapy for skin cancer patients. According to Icon Health Publications, the authors of an Accutane medical dictionary, the medicine is derived from Vitamin A, something found naturally, in small doses, in our bodies. Accutane is supposed to only be prescribed when all other methods of acne removal have failed, it even mentions on the label that Accutane should be used for "severe recalcitrant nodular acne" but unfortunately it is commonly prematurely handed to patients without the need for such a strong drug. The FDA approved Accutane for release to the public in 1982, and as of the year 2001, over 12 million people worldwide have been prescribed it, with that number increasing drastically since. Having taken Accutane during years that were detrimental to my development, I have a strong opinion about how available Accutane should be, how closely watched its users need to be, and most of all, should it even be prescribed at all?
Accutane is known for its side effects. Unlike most medications, the effects on the back of the label are extremely accurate and patients can expect to experience them all. The most common side effects, according to Drugs.com are dry skin and lips, hair loss, nosebleeds, and muscle aches. The users who experience satisfactory improvement usually say these effects aren’t as bad as they sound and are all treatable. In fact there is an entire community of Accutane advocates who are as strongly committed to promoting Accutane's positive outcome, as the critics are to diminishing its use.
Hoffmann-La Roche of Nutley, New Jersey manufactures Accutane. The company as well as satisfied patients is dedicated to evening the playing field when it comes to personal Accutane stories. The Internet is filled with websites and forums where people tell their horror stories about Accutane....
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