Accutane became a very popular treatment for acne and used by millions of consumers. However, after a series of complaints about the product’s safety, there have been severe concerns about those that took the medication. The product Isotretinoin, marketed as Accutane, Amnesteem, Claravis, and Sotret, became a major focus late last decade following a series of severe problems.
According to the FDA, the product has been linked to multiple issues. Accutane, used to treat severe recalcitrant nodular acne was linked in 2005 to severe depression, including suicidal thoughts. The FDA asked users to be on the lookout for symptoms, including “depression or suicidal thoughts, such as sad mood, irritability, acting on dangerous impulses, anger, loss of pleasure or interest in social or sports activities, sleeping too much or too little, changes in weight or appetite, school or work performance going down, or trouble concentrating, or for mood disturbance, psychosis, or aggression.”
Beyond this, the drug has also been linked to a series of lawsuits about the lack of proper warning, including the development of Inflammatory Bowel Disease, or IBD. In one, a plaintiff successfully sued over the development of chronic ulcerative colitis. This condition was so severe that the plaintiff had to have their colon removed and suffered other severe effects. The manufacturer, Roche, has been challenged successfully for over $45 million in lawsuits since Accutane’s removal from shelves in 2009.
If you or a family member faced severe mood shifts or digestive problems after taking Accutane or a related product, you may be entitled to compensation. Don’t live through the severe side effects of a drug that was not properly labeled and could have caused your condition. Contact product liability and medical malpractice attorneys. Most offer a free consultation. Let one guide you through this trying time and make sure that you are taken care of.