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Published on Mar 29, 2007 by Edgar Snyder

Warning About Acne Drug, Accutane


Are you taking Accutane, also known as isotretinoin, to control severe acne? The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warns buyers from purchasing isotretinoin over the Internet. The drug, known under its brand name, Accutane, also is sold under the generic names of Amnesteem, Claravis, and Sotret.

Side effects may include blurred vision, diarrhea, dizziness, headaches, muscle weakness, nausea, vomiting, seizures, and stroke. The most notable dangers of isotretinoin are serious mental health issues such as suicide and depression, along with extremely high risks for pregnant women, such as birth defects.

The FDA determined that the dangers posed by the medication are so great that all physicians, pharmacies, and distributors must register with a program known as iPLEDGE. Accutane and its generic variations are only legally available by prescription from doctors and pharmacies registered with the program.

Please note: All of our lawyers are licensed to practice in the state of Pennsylvania. We also have lawyers licensed to practice in Ohio and West Virginia, and we associate with experienced attorneys in other states. In addition, all drug-related litigation may involve co-counsel.

Source: "FDA Launches Web Page Warning Against Buying Accutane And Its Generic Versions Online." FDA Press Release. March 28, 2007.
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