Pregnancy and Accutane do not go together. Accutane is a drug, first created to treat patients undergoing chemotherapy, that is commonly used to treat severe acne. The drug, a derivative of Vitamin A, requires a commitment from women using the drug to take it for several months and to submit to a pregnancy prevention program. That’s because the drug has been recalled for causing severe birth defects, including malformations of the face, mental retardation and heart defects. Accutane can even cause infant death via contamination through the mother.
Child and health care professionals are struggling to get that information to young women at potential risk for pregnancy or fetal/infant defect or death (42% of women exposed to Accutane during pregnancy experience birth defects). In Britain, women using accutane must agree to get an abortion if they become pregnant while using the drug. This article in babycenter discusses in depth the risks and requirements for women of childbearing years using the medication.
But, birth defects and fetal/infant death are the not only dangers from Accutane. The drug, which has since been recalled by the drug company Hoffmann-LaRoche Inc. (Roche) after numerous reports of serious side effects associated with the drug surfaced, and after the company added a black-label warning required by the FDA. However, the generic forms of Accutane (Amnesteem, Claravis, and Sotret) are still available.
The drug is also known to cause a series of other serious side effects affecting health including Chron’s disease and other inflammatory bowel diseases like ulcerative colitis. The drug also causes increased risk of depression and suicide. From 1982 to May 2000, the FDA received reports of 37 suicides. In addition, the FDA also received reports of 110 suicide related hospitalizations, and 284 cases of non-hospitalized depression.
If you feel you have suffered side effects from Accutane, Solberg Stewart Miller in Fargo, ND helps people who may have experienced harm due to bad drugs or faulty medical devices. You can count on the experienced personal injury and product liability lawyers to advise you and get you the compensation you deserve. Call 701.237.3166 or toll free at 877.237.3166.