Accutane Lawsuit Over Inflamattory Bowel Disease Results in $25M Verdict

A New Jersey jury has awarded $25.16 million in damages in an Accutane lawsuit, which alleged that the acne drug caused the plaintiff to develop inflammatory bowel disease.

The verdict was handed down this week in a New Jersey Superior Court, following the retrial of a case brought by Andrew McCarrell, 38, of Birmingham, Alabama. McCarrell originally won a $2.62 million award against Roche in 2007, but the company got that verdict overturned and the case was sent back for a retrial.

Roche faces nearly 1,000 lawsuits over Accutane, which has been associated with bowel problems, depression and birth defects. All of the lawsuits include allegations that Roche failed to adequately warn users about potential Accutane side effects. The company has lost all six cases that have gone to trial so far, with verdicts totaling $56 million, according to a report by Bloomberg News. One of those verdicts, with a $7.2 million award, has been overturned by a Florida appeals court.

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McCarrell claimed that he contracted inflammatory bowel disease after taking the drug for acne in 1995. He underwent five surgeries and had his colon removed as a result, the lawsuit claimed. The jury awarded him $25 million for compensatory damages and $159,000 for medical expenses.

Roche has said they will appeal the verdict again, arguing that the drug carried a warning about the risk of inflammatory bowel disease. However, jurors told Bloomberg News after the verdict that the label warnings did not clearly indicate the risk.

Accutane has been used by more than 16 million people worldwide since it was first introduced in the early 1980s as a treatment for severe acne. An Accutane recall was issued by Roche in June 2009, citing the cost of defending Accutane injury suits as a factor in the decision to discontinue the medication in the United States.

Adding to the problems with Accutane, Health Canada issued a warning last week about reports of severe skin reactions, including sometimes fatal reaction known as Stevens-Johnson Syndrome from Accutane. At least 66 reports of Accutane skin reactions were identified by Health Canada, including adults and children, with two of the cases resulting in death.

Stevens-Johnson syndrome (SJS) is a severe skin reaction that occurs as a side effect of several medications. It is highly debilitating and causes the skin to burn from the inside out, producing blisters, severe rashes and the skin may begin to separate from the body. When the skin lesions affect more than 30% of the body, the condition is referred to as Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis (TEN). Treatment in a hospital Intensive Care Unit (ICU) or Burn Unit is often required, and the conditions can be fatal in many cases.

101 Comments

  • MarkDecember 15, 2013 at 5:23 am

    Took accutane in mid 90's and diagnosed with Crohn's disease late 90's. since then 2 operations, multiple ER visits.

  • sandyAugust 21, 2013 at 4:49 am

    Hi Team Has any one engaged a Australian law firm for victims? I can see few people talking about it but no mention of firms??? please help as i suffer from taking roaccutane.

  • MichaelMay 18, 2013 at 11:51 pm

    I have been diagnosed with Bipolar Manic Depressive Dissorder. I was prescribed Accutane while serving in the military for severe cystic acne. I remember the major who prescribed this to me as stating "I'm going to place you on a treatment of accutane" this should clear up the acne. He never stated the possibility nor did the pharmacist of the possible phychiatric sideaffects. My life is a co[Show More]I have been diagnosed with Bipolar Manic Depressive Dissorder. I was prescribed Accutane while serving in the military for severe cystic acne. I remember the major who prescribed this to me as stating "I'm going to place you on a treatment of accutane" this should clear up the acne. He never stated the possibility nor did the pharmacist of the possible phychiatric sideaffects. My life is a constant battle. Ever since taking Accutane, I have been plagued with numerous battles of depression, thoughts of suicide, experimented with several types of medication and have been hospitalized on three separate occasions. I would give anything to not have this mental crutch looming over my life. To me, a mental disorder is worse than having a limb removed. I told my mother the other day that if I have another episode(mental break down) I will have to check out. They took my life from me only to increase their net worth. These pharmaceudical giants have only one thing in mind, get a drug on the market as quickly as possible, make a few billion and pay the law suits on down the road. Oh, I almost for got, buy tons of shares in the phychiatric pharmaceudicals such as depakote, seraquil and lithium because these are going to be in dire need once their drug Accutane reaches its full potential. Just curious out of the 16million people world wide that have been prescribed accutane, how many people were diagnosed with having bipolar disease.

  • LaurenMay 8, 2013 at 6:14 am

    Accutane did not help my skin, it made it worse - was taken off mid-course due to serious medical complications (including, but not limited to, visual disturbances, dehydration, heart palpitations...) Now I get hard, cystic, painful, itchy acne - re-occuring. I've been highly susceptible to panic attacks since the medication. I've had digestive issues resulting in abnormal BM's - hard, small pel[Show More]Accutane did not help my skin, it made it worse - was taken off mid-course due to serious medical complications (including, but not limited to, visual disturbances, dehydration, heart palpitations...) Now I get hard, cystic, painful, itchy acne - re-occuring. I've been highly susceptible to panic attacks since the medication. I've had digestive issues resulting in abnormal BM's - hard, small pellets until recently (probably due to many years of improving health through diet as my digestive issues are one of the reasons I strived to learn more about nutrition and health and eventually became a dietitian). I've also experienced mild back pain, lower sacral pain, and inflammation in various parts of my body from time to time. Lately I've been feeling very sad. Could these recurring issues still be due to a drug I took over 10 years ago?

  • LindaNovember 26, 2012 at 12:25 am

    There are no words to describe the pain, suffering and years lost due to ulcerative colitis. I took roaccutane at the age of 16 iAustralia. There is no support, no class actions and this hopelessness is unbearable. I lost my teenage years, my college years, relationships and the understanding from my own family. I cannot afford private insurance to cover my hospital costs. I am being spat out int[Show More]There are no words to describe the pain, suffering and years lost due to ulcerative colitis. I took roaccutane at the age of 16 iAustralia. There is no support, no class actions and this hopelessness is unbearable. I lost my teenage years, my college years, relationships and the understanding from my own family. I cannot afford private insurance to cover my hospital costs. I am being spat out into a public system to face another decade of invasive dehumanising treatments. This pain I cannot bare anymore. Where is justice? To all those wanting flawless skin, the price you may pay may well be your dreams, your love, your hope, your life.

  • MarkOctober 22, 2012 at 5:34 am

    I took Roaccutane in 1991 for the 3 month course....al the usual things Dry Skin, Bleeding Nose..etc etc......It worked and got rid of the Acne on my shoulders ...I was working in a Mechanic work shop I was 20 - 21 at the time.......2001 Diagnosed with Chrohns and it is getting worse. No one in my family has it. I just happened to Google the 2 together and cannot believe that there is a connection[Show More]I took Roaccutane in 1991 for the 3 month course....al the usual things Dry Skin, Bleeding Nose..etc etc......It worked and got rid of the Acne on my shoulders ...I was working in a Mechanic work shop I was 20 - 21 at the time.......2001 Diagnosed with Chrohns and it is getting worse. No one in my family has it. I just happened to Google the 2 together and cannot believe that there is a connection. Chrohns may not be Cancer but it can lead into it be a pre curser. I cannot find anyone in Sydney (lawyer) who will look at this....

  • GaryJanuary 31, 2012 at 5:01 pm

    My son took Accutane in 2007 for a few months as a senior in high school. Several months later, he developed his first episode of PANCREATITIS and has had 19 hospitalizations (episodes) since in the past four years with no known cause. He has been tested by the best and they conclude now that he has autoimmune pancreatitis, treated with prednisone, so far unsuccessfully. Does anyone know of a c[Show More]My son took Accutane in 2007 for a few months as a senior in high school. Several months later, he developed his first episode of PANCREATITIS and has had 19 hospitalizations (episodes) since in the past four years with no known cause. He has been tested by the best and they conclude now that he has autoimmune pancreatitis, treated with prednisone, so far unsuccessfully. Does anyone know of a connection between Accutane and PANCREATITIS.

  • MattJanuary 24, 2012 at 12:12 pm

    Hi I'm also from Perth, Australia. I was on roaccutaine for about a total of 12 months through my later years of high school and was taken off it by my doctor after I suffered from rectal bleeding for about 9 months. Being too ashamed that I was bleeding, it took me a while to come forward. After a liver function test it was the best action to hault taking the drug and a colonoscopy was to follow.[Show More]Hi I'm also from Perth, Australia. I was on roaccutaine for about a total of 12 months through my later years of high school and was taken off it by my doctor after I suffered from rectal bleeding for about 9 months. Being too ashamed that I was bleeding, it took me a while to come forward. After a liver function test it was the best action to hault taking the drug and a colonoscopy was to follow. I was diagnosed with Chron's Disease. I'm one of the lucky ones that haven't had any operations yet. It is clear that the Roaccutane is the cause of this IBS. Heed the warnings of this forum. Compensation is in order!

  • StuartJanuary 22, 2012 at 12:44 pm

    Hi I'm from Perth Australia.. I have chrones disease as a result of taken roaccutaine, I felt it rip my insides apart and take ova my mind.. I just thought it waz only me till I meet a friend who took this medication and now has chrones disease. It waz weird we both had the same intuition and strongly felt this waz the acne cure that cleared our skin, but has cursed us for Eva.. I bet it would be [Show More]Hi I'm from Perth Australia.. I have chrones disease as a result of taken roaccutaine, I felt it rip my insides apart and take ova my mind.. I just thought it waz only me till I meet a friend who took this medication and now has chrones disease. It waz weird we both had the same intuition and strongly felt this waz the acne cure that cleared our skin, but has cursed us for Eva.. I bet it would be in the tens of thousand in Australia that haven't put to and to together. No one would have taken this path is they new the consqunce.. I believe this company has destroyed my life and many others.. I'd like to think the media should let the victims know the truth and is the Australian government responsible for letting these life destroying drugs into our country. Duity of care , just greed.. Shame on you puppet Julia gulliard. Our freek of a so called president..

  • DebraAugust 31, 2011 at 2:12 am

    I have taken 2 full treatments of Roaccutane for cystic acne and now couldn't really care less about living or dying,i have always blamed taking the drug depression is an understetement.

  • MichaelAugust 5, 2011 at 12:06 am

    I went on Roaccutone as it is known in Australia when i was between the ages of 14-15 i can't specifically remember the age it was around that time, it cleared up my acne well, but with a cost. I am 19 years old I now have very very red irratable flakey,freckley and sensitive skin which i never had before I took the medication. My diet is pretty much flawless which is pretty sad while i watch my m[Show More]I went on Roaccutone as it is known in Australia when i was between the ages of 14-15 i can't specifically remember the age it was around that time, it cleared up my acne well, but with a cost. I am 19 years old I now have very very red irratable flakey,freckley and sensitive skin which i never had before I took the medication. My diet is pretty much flawless which is pretty sad while i watch my mates go out and experience a normal teenagehood, I haveto watch what i eat, I don't drink as much as them and Im always getting hot flushes when i am in public so i can't even enjoy nights out, even though I have a great sense of humour and im a pretty popular guy this drug has fucked me up. It is very hard for me to sustain any job as i have left school because I couldn't cope with the physical flushing and mental problems, I tried my hardest but I just couldn't stick it out. My family are now in the process of kicking me out of home because they think that despite everything i have suffered I should just "get over it". They don't realise that once you have bad side effects and it ruins your skin forever, you haveto make it your life to fix your skin and eat well otherwise you will have discomfort and probably be humilaited in public.

  • JasmineMay 23, 2011 at 8:51 am

    Does anyone know if there are any class actions occurring in Australia? I have recently been diagnosed with Crohn's disease and am certain it was caused by Roaccutane.

  • DevinMarch 19, 2011 at 6:55 am

    i went on accutane when i was 22, because i had always had SEVERE cystic acne, on my face, and especially my back...i dealt with it, tried every prescription cream (even one i had to keep in the fridge that burned like hell when i put it on), and every pill besides accutane since i was 15, and the ONLY thing that worked was for me to go to the dermatologist and get an injection directly into the c[Show More]i went on accutane when i was 22, because i had always had SEVERE cystic acne, on my face, and especially my back...i dealt with it, tried every prescription cream (even one i had to keep in the fridge that burned like hell when i put it on), and every pill besides accutane since i was 15, and the ONLY thing that worked was for me to go to the dermatologist and get an injection directly into the cystic pimple (it would clear up about 24 hours after the injection...i have NO idea what was in it, but i BEGGED my derma to let me take a few injections home). without the injection, i had cystic pimples that would last OVER a year, ON MY FACE. i made it through highschool, and college, with this disfigurement, and my mother, despite having taken accutane herself, would not allow me to take it when i was under 18, and i didnt have insurance that would cover it until i graduated college at 22 and started wrking. About 4 months into my job, my boss sent me home because the cystic pimple i had gotten in the middle of my forehead (from wearing a headband and playing basketball) was SO BAD, she couldn't look at me, and said it looked too painful. I immediately went onto Accutane. I got the disclosed side effects (chapped lips, chafing and irritated skin, depression, suicidal thoughts [though i had also just learned my girlfriend of 4 years had been cheating on me...which may have contributed to my suicidal and homicidal thoughts], etc.) i was on it through some of the winter months so the "drying" side-effects were definitely exaggerated; but i lasted 4 of my 6 month presription (had my blood tested every month), when in February of 2003, i woke up in the middle of the night with the worst pain on the side of my back ive ever experienced. Luckily, a buddy was crashing on my couch and basically carried me to his car and drove me to the hospital. KIDNEY STONE. i passed it in 2 days, came off the Acutane the next day (2 months before my script was supposed to end), and have NEVER gotten a SINGLE pimple since...and im telling you, my acne was BAD (so was my moms...and she took acutane...which is why i was SO PISSED she wouldnt let me take it). I have not had a single problem since, besides 4 desicated discs in my spine from the 7 car acidents ive been in (not related to ANY drugs...never mind accutane). So i dont understand all these people having their colons removed, and developing IBS, NOR do i understand these people who have to do 2 courses, when 4/6ths of my course CURED ME from the worst cystc acne anyone has ever seen (my boss sent me home from work for a ZIT!!!!). And now, as the managing partner of a PLaintiff's litigation firm, trying to get my wife pregnant...MY BIGGEST FEAR: my kid will inherit my acne, and accutane wont be available. As a Plaintiff's lawyer for as long as ive been doing it, i can tell you UNEQUIVICOBLY), accutane is probably responsible for 2% of the cases they are suing over...people WANT someone to blame for their misfortune, and a multi-billion dollar pharma co., with a greedy lawyer whispering in your ear...starts to sound like the OBVIOUS EXPLANATION...id be the entire accutane causes IBS and Crohn's concept was inveted by a lawyer...not a doctor. as a mater of fact...im gonna sart a class action against that "restless leg syndrome" medication...just for the fact that i think its dumb, and that they invented the edication...then invented the syndrome...to those of you blaming the miracle cure for acne for every health issue you can tink of (so you shit 6 times a day...eat better foods), cut it out...because i want my kid to have the same chance at a normal life i got...

  • LilsMarch 15, 2011 at 2:37 pm

    I agree with James, brian.. Just shut it when you don't understand the pain and torture others have gone through.. You are acting all professional and involved with medical industry. But doesn't make you right in anyway. For your information, NO ONE, ever warned me about long term side effects, only short term. And how are we meant to know that we are given CHEMOTHERAPY tablets to get rid of acne.[Show More]I agree with James, brian.. Just shut it when you don't understand the pain and torture others have gone through.. You are acting all professional and involved with medical industry. But doesn't make you right in anyway. For your information, NO ONE, ever warned me about long term side effects, only short term. And how are we meant to know that we are given CHEMOTHERAPY tablets to get rid of acne. You really think someone would risk their health if they really knew that this tablet wasn't really made for acne?

  • James S.January 13, 2011 at 1:56 am

    "Comment by Brian on 8 July 2010: This is the reason people should critically review the medications and procedures their doctors prescribe for them. We can blame the makers of this drug all day but the bottom line is that any drug has the potential to do harm. I work in the healthcare industry and my philosophy about drugs has always been to consider how bad my problem requiring the medication is[Show More]"Comment by Brian on 8 July 2010: This is the reason people should critically review the medications and procedures their doctors prescribe for them. We can blame the makers of this drug all day but the bottom line is that any drug has the potential to do harm. I work in the healthcare industry and my philosophy about drugs has always been to consider how bad my problem requiring the medication is and how long the drug has been on the market for the age group prescribed. For example, Lipitor is for 50 somethings and any side-effects should show up within 30 – 40 years if the drug has been out that long because that is the typical life-span. Further, if I’m prescribed this same drug in my teens or twenties, I have to consider that I am probably going to have to live with some detrimental health consequences later on since this medication has never been tested for this extended life-span. People need to wake up to the reality that we are ulitmately responsible for our own health. I’m just glad that drug companies are now required to list out all the side-effects of a drug during television commercials. My sympathy to those who have been affected by this drug and I hope that you receive a reasonable compensation for your injury before the lawyers and the “compensatory damages” put Roche out of business." Thanks for the lecture, Brian. But until you've lived through the pain and humiliation of Ulcerative Colitis (as I have) or Crohn's, or had your entire colon removed and worn a colostomy bag, all because of pharmaceutical negligence, you should probably STFU.

  • vicDecember 27, 2010 at 3:33 am

    I took accutane in 2001 for 6-12 months, 4 years later I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (CNS issue). No family history of the MS disease, anyone with more information on MS & Accutane please contact me.

  • KimDecember 22, 2010 at 4:00 am

    I'm 47 and was diagnosed with Ankylosing Spondolitis at the age of 21. I took Accutane when I was 18. AS is in the same family as Colitis, so when I heard about the claims, I looked for more information. AS is very rare and 90% of the people who get it are men, so there is a good chance Accutane triggered it. I have been on several medications for over 25 years and now I have bleeding ulcers [Show More]I'm 47 and was diagnosed with Ankylosing Spondolitis at the age of 21. I took Accutane when I was 18. AS is in the same family as Colitis, so when I heard about the claims, I looked for more information. AS is very rare and 90% of the people who get it are men, so there is a good chance Accutane triggered it. I have been on several medications for over 25 years and now I have bleeding ulcers from the medications, as well as intense daily pain.

  • EricaNovember 16, 2010 at 9:46 pm

    I was on accutane for about 7 months and now I have bowel and stomach problems

  • susanNovember 7, 2010 at 5:36 am

    I took Accutane when I was 40 I am 67 now and need to use the john about 12 times a day. I plan around it daily It steals my time and makes me unpredictable/unreliable if i gets any worse i will be forced to use the A word

  • MaxwellOctober 24, 2010 at 1:12 am

    I had Roaccutane prescribed to me in the mid 80's by a skin specialist and was just told to keep out of the sun. Nothing said about mental health problems. I am now in my 40's and have suffered mental illness ever since taking Roaccutane. Bipolar disorder, and Chronic depression, Manic episodes and psychotic episodes. Didn't link it all up until recently. No family history of mental illness and it[Show More]I had Roaccutane prescribed to me in the mid 80's by a skin specialist and was just told to keep out of the sun. Nothing said about mental health problems. I am now in my 40's and have suffered mental illness ever since taking Roaccutane. Bipolar disorder, and Chronic depression, Manic episodes and psychotic episodes. Didn't link it all up until recently. No family history of mental illness and it has made my life hell. Lucky to still be alive, Have had many times of homelessness and failed relationships due to my mental health. I was a healthy teen with acne and was given this to take by a professional and have paid severely. Why is this happening?? Can anyone help me?

  • HeatherSeptember 24, 2010 at 8:08 pm

    I have had severe acne since I was nine years old, and was put on Accutane when I was around twelve, I had the normal side effects; dry mouth, chapped lips, and dry skin, but after a few months on the drug I noticed that my fore arms had a very painful rash, so my mom took me off Accutane. Since then I have developed problems with bleeding from my rectum, although it isn't severe, it is certainly [Show More]I have had severe acne since I was nine years old, and was put on Accutane when I was around twelve, I had the normal side effects; dry mouth, chapped lips, and dry skin, but after a few months on the drug I noticed that my fore arms had a very painful rash, so my mom took me off Accutane. Since then I have developed problems with bleeding from my rectum, although it isn't severe, it is certainly scary! I am also tired a lot, and have had people ask me if I have MONO because I sleep so much. I realize that my minor problems may be associated with other things, but there are a lot of symptoms I have that are similar, though minor to symptoms listed here. I'm not sure what to do, but I will be watching to make sure they don't get worse!!

  • JoAnneSeptember 4, 2010 at 4:43 am

    I took Accutane for 9 months when I was approximately 42yrs old. I am now 56. I was extremely depressed because of my adult onset of cystic acne . I didn't even want to look in the mirror. I went to my doctor and as a last resort, she prescribed Accutane. Prior to that I was getting injections in the cyst sites. I was told of birth defects so I got my "tubes tied". After treatment I was very[Show More]I took Accutane for 9 months when I was approximately 42yrs old. I am now 56. I was extremely depressed because of my adult onset of cystic acne . I didn't even want to look in the mirror. I went to my doctor and as a last resort, she prescribed Accutane. Prior to that I was getting injections in the cyst sites. I was told of birth defects so I got my "tubes tied". After treatment I was very happy with the skin results. However, I started and still do get terrible bouts of IBS and leg pain. The doctors can not figure out why. I was never aware of this lawsuit and I was not aware of these side effects. I am saddened that the medication could have done this to me. I have depression also and have been on anti-depressants for 10 years. I now know I am not crazy and these things happening to me are real!!

  • BradAugust 26, 2010 at 4:53 pm

    hey, im brad and im 17 and im takeing Accutane and i just saw the commercial on the TV for this, and im kinda scared out of my mind. what should i do????????

  • PatAugust 25, 2010 at 5:18 am

    I took accutane when I was in high school and for the past 15 years my bowls have been a mess. I can't eat dinner without having to have a BM within 5 minutes! Its really affected my job and social life! Not sure if it wa worth the time and money I've lost over the years!

  • MikeAugust 24, 2010 at 3:27 pm

    I took Accutane for a few months oh about 13 yrs ago, then I was off it when the acne cleared. Then the acne returned, I was put on 'generic' accutane, during both treatments I had all the 'normal' side effects. After the second treatment I started getting SEVERE pain the center of my brain, it got worse the longer I was on it, one day it hurt so bad I decided to stop the accutane, the pains [Show More]I took Accutane for a few months oh about 13 yrs ago, then I was off it when the acne cleared. Then the acne returned, I was put on 'generic' accutane, during both treatments I had all the 'normal' side effects. After the second treatment I started getting SEVERE pain the center of my brain, it got worse the longer I was on it, one day it hurt so bad I decided to stop the accutane, the pains dispated after a while, but who knows what irreversable damage was caused. Now 26, I have not had a solid bowl movement in YEARS, I didn't know why, I have to visit the bathroom at least 6 times just in the early morning, before the day starts, accompanied by lots of cramping. Rectal bleeding isn't uncommon. Every once in a while I get this wierd 'twitch' or sensation, from my brain where the pain was, sometimes I feel like I'm going to have a seisure or something. Hooray "modern medicine" (laughing inside)

  • BillAugust 23, 2010 at 7:35 pm

    Who was this guy's Lawyer who won $26 million?? I want to hire him, today. I've paid dearly for using Accutane, I lost my entire colon last summer. Someone please let me know....Thanks!

  • JimAugust 23, 2010 at 6:59 pm

    Accutane is a miracle drug. As far as side effects, what normal teenager doesn't have some depression. This web site and claims made have no scientific evidence to link this drug with any of these symptoms. Saying I had a hangnail in 2005 doesn't mean Accutane caused it. I agree with Julie's comments.

  • JamieAugust 21, 2010 at 3:02 pm

    I took accutane back in 2005. I didn't have a severe case of acne, but I wanted it gone because I had been on all types of other medications and nothing was helping. I was on the 6 month dosage, but was released from taking it after 4 months because it cleared up so quickly with such a heavy dose. My face has been clear ever since, but I am pretty sure I am having some IBS. I haven't been to t[Show More]I took accutane back in 2005. I didn't have a severe case of acne, but I wanted it gone because I had been on all types of other medications and nothing was helping. I was on the 6 month dosage, but was released from taking it after 4 months because it cleared up so quickly with such a heavy dose. My face has been clear ever since, but I am pretty sure I am having some IBS. I haven't been to the doctor because I thought it might just be from not eating right, but looking at other side effects, I have more than one. I plan on going to the doctor this week and seeing what is going on. Could I still be affected from accutane eventhough it has been 5 years?

  • BrennaAugust 18, 2010 at 10:25 pm

    For those of you that Accutane helped- that is great. For those of you that have obvious problems from it- I wish you the best and hope that you are compensated- But I do agee with another poster- Studies on the drugs that we consume are not long term... We all take a risk when we consume any medication- as we never know how OUR body may interact with it. All we have to go off are the studies t[Show More]For those of you that Accutane helped- that is great. For those of you that have obvious problems from it- I wish you the best and hope that you are compensated- But I do agee with another poster- Studies on the drugs that we consume are not long term... We all take a risk when we consume any medication- as we never know how OUR body may interact with it. All we have to go off are the studies that have been done. The point is that doctors weren't even sure WHY Accutane helped acne- just as a lot of doctors aren't sure WHY Humira helps RA patients when it was originally used for Cancer patients- We all take a risk- and unfortunately the side effects are devastating- but does that mean that the drug company is to blame? I wish everyone the best of luck- but please don't reach for a connection if it really isn't there- then you are not helping the case of the persons who truly do need compensation.

  • BrennaAugust 18, 2010 at 10:18 pm

    Also, cystic acne is pretty much an autoimmune disease. Your body is overly attacking hair follicles and minor zits- and produced an abnormal amount of white blood cells (which form pus) to take care of it. People who already have one autoimmune disease- tend to have others. I was diagnosed with RA last year (and am 24). Do I attempt to link this to my Accutne use or do I accept the fact that [Show More]Also, cystic acne is pretty much an autoimmune disease. Your body is overly attacking hair follicles and minor zits- and produced an abnormal amount of white blood cells (which form pus) to take care of it. People who already have one autoimmune disease- tend to have others. I was diagnosed with RA last year (and am 24). Do I attempt to link this to my Accutne use or do I accept the fact that I am prone to autoimmune diseases (although no one i my immediate family had cystic acne or RA)? Persons in my immediate family did have psoriasis, multiple chemical sensitivities, firbromyalgia, and severe allergies- which pretty much have an autoimmune basis. I have also been diagnosed with depression, anxiety and bipolar disorder- which occured around the same time that my cystic acne did. Wow. Is it odd that persons in there teens and 20's go through periods of anxiety? Half the people I know are on some sort of psychotropic medication- Accutane or not. From reading these comments- I do believe there are some very clear cut cases where obviously some persons had a sever reaction from this medication (the cases I'm referring to would be the ones who consumed the medication- and 6 months later had IBS or some form- and these persons families had no history of this illness). Now- you took it when you were 20, now you are 40 and you have difficult bowels... I want to know what percentage of 40 year olds have bowel problems.

  • BrennaAugust 18, 2010 at 10:11 pm

    I have been reading over these comments and for some reason feel I should add my two cents (although no one is responding to any post or questions from others). First off, I would like to say that when I took Accutane (and I believe there were actually 3 different brands and I took all of them over the course of the two separate times I was on the medication), my doctors were very informative and[Show More]I have been reading over these comments and for some reason feel I should add my two cents (although no one is responding to any post or questions from others). First off, I would like to say that when I took Accutane (and I believe there were actually 3 different brands and I took all of them over the course of the two separate times I was on the medication), my doctors were very informative and the process to even get the medication was like getting into Harvard. Now I know that most likely in the 80's and 90's this wasn't the case, but in 2004 and 2008 when I was on it for 6 months a piece (I understood you couldn't be on it longer- and I also understood you could not take it more than twice in your life)- it was very difficult to get the medication. You had to take blood tests every month (pregnancy- for girls, and cholesterol levels) and had to answer questions over the phone or online before they would fill your meds. All the side effects were gone over wih me- and the doctors told me- you will be constipated, have dry skin, your nose will bleed, etc...and I had those side effects each time. I do not have the horrible cystic acne I did have- although I still have very small cysts that pop up on occasion- it is better than the huge eggs I woluld get on my face, chest, and buttocks.

  • DaveAugust 17, 2010 at 7:47 pm

    I took Acutane when I was about 15. I went through depression, severe dry skin, and blisters on my mouth. Now I'm in my 20's and it has me wondering if some things are linked to this drug. I now have issues similar to what was posted here. What can I do to move forward if it is related?

  • MuhammadAugust 14, 2010 at 2:34 pm

    I was skeptical of accutane because of childbirth defects (even for men). Once I cleared that, I started using it. In the first week, i started to read the reviews. I could not continue it after see the horrible review of join pains for life. I stopped it immediatly knowing that I can live with acnes but not with joint pains. My acnes got better any how now ( I am using proactive). At one point my[Show More]I was skeptical of accutane because of childbirth defects (even for men). Once I cleared that, I started using it. In the first week, i started to read the reviews. I could not continue it after see the horrible review of join pains for life. I stopped it immediatly knowing that I can live with acnes but not with joint pains. My acnes got better any how now ( I am using proactive). At one point my skin became super clean. I think this med needs to given very cautiosly. Equally are to blame are the doctors who so easily give accutane if your acne is not cured by other meds. This is one horrible med if you see its side affects.

  • MARTINAugust 4, 2010 at 12:44 am

    I took Accutane in the 1980's for severe cystic acne, i was on this for about 6 months the first time. i had nose bleeding, dry lips, rectal bleeding and stomach pain. It did clear up my acne eventually, however about 5 years later I went back on the drug because of breaking out. The second round was for about 3 months. I now have what is diagnosed as Chrones Disease and have fought this awterr[Show More]I took Accutane in the 1980's for severe cystic acne, i was on this for about 6 months the first time. i had nose bleeding, dry lips, rectal bleeding and stomach pain. It did clear up my acne eventually, however about 5 years later I went back on the drug because of breaking out. The second round was for about 3 months. I now have what is diagnosed as Chrones Disease and have fought this awterrible disease for the past 8 years or so. Dailey medicine is 6 pills of Asacol in order to control the diarrhea. I also have terrible joint pain, and also am on anti-depression medicine. I still have Acne after all this B.S!

  • Mr. rob DAugust 2, 2010 at 6:07 pm

    All drugs have severie side effects in one patient or another, all side effects are listed on this drug before you take it, even penicillin which is widely used across america has major bad effects. ALL PEOPLE you must relise all drugs effect diffrent people diffrently. When u took this drug it was because your acne was awfull and you were just ready to make it stop. Sueing drug manufactures is no[Show More]All drugs have severie side effects in one patient or another, all side effects are listed on this drug before you take it, even penicillin which is widely used across america has major bad effects. ALL PEOPLE you must relise all drugs effect diffrent people diffrently. When u took this drug it was because your acne was awfull and you were just ready to make it stop. Sueing drug manufactures is not going to make you better, its just going to make more drug companies affried to sell us things that will make us better. If your intirelly afriad of drugs side effects or not ready to deal with reprocusions you should revaluwate why you are taking drugs and if it is worth it. I took acututane, my acne never coming back exept one or two zits everyone once in a while. Iam sorry for all those who had a bad experience or who are trying to pin point acutane as there major problem. Those of us who were hurt by this drug should try to removate our passion against this drug and try to warn others of drugs and there long term side effects. No one should have an excuss as it being acutanes fault with it warning of causing birth defects people you should have relized this stuff was serious and my have side effects, Good luck i hope those sueing acutane get what they want thouygh i dont see how loads of money will help if the side effects were all that traumitizing.

  • Ms. RobJuly 30, 2010 at 1:34 am

    I took Accutane when i was in high school. I had to stop taking it about half way through the treatment because It dried my throat out so badly that I was coughing up blood. I then resumed treatment. I also became half deaf in one of my ears because of accutane. The drug cleared my skin up for about one month and then went back to how it originally was. About six years after my Accutane treat[Show More]I took Accutane when i was in high school. I had to stop taking it about half way through the treatment because It dried my throat out so badly that I was coughing up blood. I then resumed treatment. I also became half deaf in one of my ears because of accutane. The drug cleared my skin up for about one month and then went back to how it originally was. About six years after my Accutane treatment I started having bowel problems with severe pain. I've sought the help of several gastroenteroligists (even one of the best in the country) and they could not figure out what was wrong besides some form of Inflammatory Bowel Disease. I live with not knowing when or where I will have abdominal pain, diarrhea, or constiation. I sympothize with anyone having to deal with medical problems because of wanting clear skin.

  • jmanJuly 29, 2010 at 10:30 pm

    I have severe undiagnosed joint pain. I've been to a rheumatologist who couldnt find anything. I took accutane when I was around 15 years old and started getting the pain in my early 20s. Accutane is the only drug I've ever taken (besides antibiotics), and I'm in my 30s now. I'll take the zits back TYVM, my joints suck now!

  • JanJuly 29, 2010 at 7:39 pm

    My son Michael (35 years old) took two doses of Accutane for severe acne 20 years ago. He received 1/2 dose at first because he is a dwarf. The acne cleared but recurred so he was give another 1/2 dose over the course of a year or so (this was so long ago I don't remember the exact time frame). He has had minor bowel problems but this past year his problems became severe. He had a colonoscopy[Show More]My son Michael (35 years old) took two doses of Accutane for severe acne 20 years ago. He received 1/2 dose at first because he is a dwarf. The acne cleared but recurred so he was give another 1/2 dose over the course of a year or so (this was so long ago I don't remember the exact time frame). He has had minor bowel problems but this past year his problems became severe. He had a colonoscopy that showed tumors on the colon. He underwent surgery and the tumors were found to be malignant cancer. He is now undergoing chemotherapy and has been contacted to take part in a class action suit. This scares me to death, and makes me, his mother, feel terrible about his taking Accutane in the first place.

  • AngelaJuly 27, 2010 at 12:27 pm

    I was prescribed Accutane in my 20's around the late 90's. I had severe acne and was on the drug for 6 months. My acne problem went away and I thought nothing more of it. But, this past weekend I had lunch with my sister, and as always, I had to go to the restroom multiple times in a row. She told me that she had heard there was an Accutane lawsuit. So, I looked online and I could not believe wha[Show More]I was prescribed Accutane in my 20's around the late 90's. I had severe acne and was on the drug for 6 months. My acne problem went away and I thought nothing more of it. But, this past weekend I had lunch with my sister, and as always, I had to go to the restroom multiple times in a row. She told me that she had heard there was an Accutane lawsuit. So, I looked online and I could not believe what I was reading. I had the answer finally. I have had a history of problems (after taking Accutane) and I could not understand why. Around 1998 or so I started have bowel problems. And in 1999 I had my gall bladder removed. In 2001 I had a miscarrage. It was like one thing after another. The biggest issue was the bowel problem. I would eat and 5 minutes later I was in the restroom. And I would go at least 5 times in a row and would experience severe abdominal pain as well. I never had any issus growing up with my bowels. I could not understand why I was having this problem. I am not one to go to the doctor very much, so I just dealt with it. I did start loosing weight around 2004. I could not figure out why so I went to the doctor and I told him about my bowel issues and he did a colon exam and said that my colon was irritated and inflammed. My concern at the time was colon cancer. Since that wasn't the case, I just didn't go back to get anything checked out further. The bowel problem has ruled my life. I am a field tech and travel daily for my job. It is sad because I know where every bathroom is on the road. I dread going anywhere with family or friends. I really wish I would have never used Accutane. I had no idea a drug could cause a life time of problems.

  • Mr. JohnsonJuly 22, 2010 at 4:27 am

    You know what link there is between accutane and colitis? People who are young (13-21) tend to have acne, and colitis normally presents in people in their late teens. Nothing more. If you want to help scam the companies who are also trying to cure/treat our disease (colitis), please participate in this lawsuit.

  • LaylaJuly 21, 2010 at 12:04 am

    In Europe they called it RoAccutane a few years ago - when I took it. I think that was about 12-15 years ago.I am 35 yo now, so I took it when I was in my 20s. I first took it for 6 months as prescribed. My skin cleared completely, no acne at all after the treatment. I had most of the side effects mentioned: dry skin, very depressed, crying most of the time for no reason, my lips were bleeding whe[Show More]In Europe they called it RoAccutane a few years ago - when I took it. I think that was about 12-15 years ago.I am 35 yo now, so I took it when I was in my 20s. I first took it for 6 months as prescribed. My skin cleared completely, no acne at all after the treatment. I had most of the side effects mentioned: dry skin, very depressed, crying most of the time for no reason, my lips were bleeding when talking/smiling because of extreme dryness(it was very painful!), I had to put cream on them constantly, dry eyes-I was using eye drops all day long. I also lost a lot of hair during the treatment and it got very fine. At that time I did not know it was from the Roaccutane, this was not mentioned in the prospect (the hair problems). In about a year my acne was back, not as bad though. I took Roaccutane for another 6 months even though -as far as I remember- this was not recommended (to repeat the treatment so soon). I took this drug for the acne I had on my back/shoulders/upper arms. After repeating the treatment all was fine for about a year. After that, the acne was back reall-really bad for about 2-3 years. After that it was just coming and going, I never got rid of it completely, but it is not as bad as it was 10-15 years ago. What I know is that now I have joint pain, most of my joints hurt especially my knees. I also have rectal bleeding sometimes, but I don't know if it's associated with the Roaccutane treatment. What does annoy me the most is that my hair is very fine now, and my skin is very sensitive. I don't know how to explain this, but my skin "hurts" when touched or easily pinched, especially before and after my periods. When I read the comments on this website, I recognize many symptoms I have, though not as bad. I will go to the doctor if they get worse. It is very hard to say if all these things are side effects of taking Roaccutane 15 years ago. I’ll keep an eye on what they say about this drug.

  • daleJuly 20, 2010 at 3:51 pm

    I guess using Accutane is a case using a chainsaw when you just need a scalpel. Acne should be treated at the source. All I have is acne on my face... no need to seriously alter my entire body's functioning and risking such a horrible thing as Crohn's. I'll stick with soap and time. Thanks.

  • LauraJuly 15, 2010 at 2:41 am

    I was given Accutane when I was in high school (early 80's) as a "precautionary measure" because my big brother had such bad cystic acne. Within a couple of years, my abdominal symptoms were so horrible that I would even black out in pain. I was diagnosed with both IBS and ulcerative colitis. I spent my teen years and early 20's near restrooms, taking colitis medicines, and bleeding in toilets. I [Show More]I was given Accutane when I was in high school (early 80's) as a "precautionary measure" because my big brother had such bad cystic acne. Within a couple of years, my abdominal symptoms were so horrible that I would even black out in pain. I was diagnosed with both IBS and ulcerative colitis. I spent my teen years and early 20's near restrooms, taking colitis medicines, and bleeding in toilets. I also developed horrible joint problems then frequent urination. In 2008, I has to have my right kidney removed, and the doctors said it had been dead for about 20 years. The timeline is very clear that Accutane caused these issues. I want to be compensated for my horrific pain and suffering, hideous bouts of depression, and general loss of a fulfilling life.

  • BrianJuly 8, 2010 at 5:29 pm

    This is the reason people should critically review the medications and procedures their doctors prescribe for them. We can blame the makers of this drug all day but the bottom line is that any drug has the potential to do harm. I work in the healthcare industry and my philosophy about drugs has always been to consider how bad my problem requiring the medication is and how long the drug has been [Show More]This is the reason people should critically review the medications and procedures their doctors prescribe for them. We can blame the makers of this drug all day but the bottom line is that any drug has the potential to do harm. I work in the healthcare industry and my philosophy about drugs has always been to consider how bad my problem requiring the medication is and how long the drug has been on the market for the age group prescribed. For example, Lipitor is for 50 somethings and any side-effects should show up within 30 - 40 years if the drug has been out that long because that is the typical life-span. Further, if I'm prescribed this same drug in my teens or twenties, I have to consider that I am probably going to have to live with some detrimental health consequences later on since this medication has never been tested for this extended life-span. People need to wake up to the reality that we are ulitmately responsible for our own health. I'm just glad that drug companies are now required to list out all the side-effects of a drug during television commercials. My sympathy to those who have been affected by this drug and I hope that you receive a reasonable compensation for your injury before the lawyers and the "compensatory damages" put Roche out of business.

  • DonnaJuly 7, 2010 at 4:20 pm

    I took accutane in the late '80s when I was 28 and again in the '90s, about 4 months each time. I had the usual side effects -- dry lips, etc., -- but haven't noticed anything else I would attribute to the drug. I now very rarely have cystic acne but had to use proactive for years to .stay clear. However, prior to my second round of accutane I was prescribed the antibiotic minocyline. (Doctors are[Show More]I took accutane in the late '80s when I was 28 and again in the '90s, about 4 months each time. I had the usual side effects -- dry lips, etc., -- but haven't noticed anything else I would attribute to the drug. I now very rarely have cystic acne but had to use proactive for years to .stay clear. However, prior to my second round of accutane I was prescribed the antibiotic minocyline. (Doctors are required to try other treatments before prescribing accutane.) That made me so dizzy and sick I couldn't get out of bed, but it took several weeks to figure out the drug was the cause. I called the doctor and described the problems and they told me to keep taking it. I saw another doctor about my symptoms, told her I was taking minocycline, but she didn't see it as a problem and sent me for a round of expensive tests for Lupus and other problems. I finally stopped taking it and was fine, but I've since heard of others who took this drug for their skin and had lasting problems with dizziness. I mention this because, like accutane, most people don't have any problem with minocycline, but for the person who does, the problems can be severe. Maybe the answer is better screening and monitoring?

  • CynJuly 7, 2010 at 12:32 am

    Took Accutane for 6-8 months when I was 15. Began to suffer from extreme dry skin, chapped/cracked lips, and a skin rash/itch on my forearms...this continues to this day. I have been to numerous dermos and docs and NONE can figure out the skin rash. The rest they tell me to hydrate more. Then this past year my colon ruptured. No warning. By the time all the tests were run and I was rushed to ER, [Show More]Took Accutane for 6-8 months when I was 15. Began to suffer from extreme dry skin, chapped/cracked lips, and a skin rash/itch on my forearms...this continues to this day. I have been to numerous dermos and docs and NONE can figure out the skin rash. The rest they tell me to hydrate more. Then this past year my colon ruptured. No warning. By the time all the tests were run and I was rushed to ER, I was about to go septic. I am 29. I am extremly healthy, eat fiber, don't drink/smoke. My gastro doc is one of the best in the state and statated numerous times "someone of your age and health SHOULD NOT have had this happen. It's extremly rare and we don't know what caused the rupture." After reading account after account of these stories, I am seriously wondering if this was caused by the accutane. It worries me about my future health and life. I know that when I was 15, the ONLY serious side effect that was stressed was the birth defects. My parents would NOT have put me on a medicine that would lead to severe bowl issues in my future...all for the sake of a clear face. I'm angry, upset, and this needs to be figured out by the pharm. company.

  • WilliamJuly 2, 2010 at 4:22 am

    I took accutane as a teenager. I encountered hallucinations, lack of coordination, depression and sucidial thougts. Since then I have had 5 surgeries, constant pain and suffering. Countless visits to doctors. I have seen general surgeons to gastro doctors. I am tired of suffering. Dam you ACCUTANE!!!!

  • RodJuly 1, 2010 at 3:37 pm

    I took accutane years ago as a teenager, back in the 80's. I have had a lot of problems these last few years with kidney stones and last year had my gall bladder removed and have a lot of problems with my bowels. I was wondering if what is goind on with accutane leaves long lasting affects that could be affecting me now in my older years?

  • JoyJuly 1, 2010 at 12:28 pm

    My son took Accutane for severe cystic acne at the age of 14. Within 3 months, he couldn't walk. He experienced severe muscle aches and also pain in his tailbone and hips. I informed the doctor I was taking him off the medication immediately. She said the muscle pain would go away soon after going off the medicine. It never did. I began taking him to Rheumatologists and they told him to take i[Show More]My son took Accutane for severe cystic acne at the age of 14. Within 3 months, he couldn't walk. He experienced severe muscle aches and also pain in his tailbone and hips. I informed the doctor I was taking him off the medication immediately. She said the muscle pain would go away soon after going off the medicine. It never did. I began taking him to Rheumatologists and they told him to take ibuprofen. Didn't touch the pain. It even hurt him to sneeze. The pain radiating down his arm. The leg aches were unbearable. He would also throw up after eating and had bouts of diarrhea.. But the doctors wouldn't admit it was related to Accutane. When he moved to another State and had to find a new doctor, the doctors said it was definitely Accutane that cause his genetic make up to change and he was finally diagnosed with Ankylosing Spondylitis and IBD. He now has to take biolgic meds which he injects weekly into his thigh muscle. This keeps him from going into a "flare" which causes his hips to fuse. What a nightmare this has been. It's time we see an attorney. So if you have muscle pain and joint pain, don't ignore it. Go to a Rheumatologist. Get xrayed. Don't give up. The doctors may have missed the diagnosis of Ankylosing Spondylitis.

  • ChrisJune 29, 2010 at 5:28 pm

    I took Accutane in my early 20's I am now in my 40's. I suffer from IBS to the point there are times that I really don't want to leave the house. It has gradually gotten worse over time. Depression? Yeah, depressed I can't lead a normal life and eat out without spending 2 hours in a public restroom. One guys comment above was that he goes to work but he works near a bathroom...everywhere I go[Show More]I took Accutane in my early 20's I am now in my 40's. I suffer from IBS to the point there are times that I really don't want to leave the house. It has gradually gotten worse over time. Depression? Yeah, depressed I can't lead a normal life and eat out without spending 2 hours in a public restroom. One guys comment above was that he goes to work but he works near a bathroom...everywhere I go, that is the 1st thing I do...look to see where the bathroom is. Did Accutane do this? I wish I knew, because I'd rather have had the pimples than this problem.

  • JonJune 29, 2010 at 1:31 pm

    I took Accutane for 3 to 6 months (I'd have to look it up) when I was 14 (or 13, again have to check dates) for severe acne. I experienced extreme dryness of the skin, and bad joint pain which made athletics very difficult. I was warned about both symptoms by my dermatologist. I have, and still have, a very good dermatologist. When I was 16 I started noticing signs of depression and when I was 19 [Show More]I took Accutane for 3 to 6 months (I'd have to look it up) when I was 14 (or 13, again have to check dates) for severe acne. I experienced extreme dryness of the skin, and bad joint pain which made athletics very difficult. I was warned about both symptoms by my dermatologist. I have, and still have, a very good dermatologist. When I was 16 I started noticing signs of depression and when I was 19 or 20 I had a severe manic episode and was diagnosed bipolar. A few years later I was diagnosed with IBS. I have a few friends who experienced severe mood swings while on the drug. Living with bipolar is, at times, very difficult and I can't help but wonder if taking Accutane at such an early age caused these problems? The drug worked extremely well and I was warned that it was a powerful drug and while taking it I was monitored closely. I wonder how many users have developed bipolar?

  • TimJune 28, 2010 at 3:17 pm

    I have had stomach problems since I was a junior in high school. I could never figure out why it started then. It got so bad that I was hospitalized for nearly a week when I was 18. They could never figure out what caused it and simply labeled it as IBS. Also around the same time I started having problems with my back. I continue to still be plagued by these same problems today at age 32. Ex[Show More]I have had stomach problems since I was a junior in high school. I could never figure out why it started then. It got so bad that I was hospitalized for nearly a week when I was 18. They could never figure out what caused it and simply labeled it as IBS. Also around the same time I started having problems with my back. I continue to still be plagued by these same problems today at age 32. Except now the conditions have become more problematic. My digestive system is as bad as ever and the discs in my back are deteriorating like a 70 year old man's. I am also having problems in my knees. These things are not commen for a 32 year old. With the stomach and back pain come small battles with depression. Is Accutane the cause? It sure would make sense. If anyone has any answers, Please Help!

  • CoryJune 28, 2010 at 4:57 am

    I took the medicine during the late 90's and had a lot of bad side effects, massive drying of the skin and lips. I have constant pain in my stomach, but up to this point doctors have not been able to figure out what it is. I also have gotten mulitple yeast infections, which is suprising because I am a dude and clean myself pretty well. Thirdly, I have recurring joint problems in my elbows, shou[Show More]I took the medicine during the late 90's and had a lot of bad side effects, massive drying of the skin and lips. I have constant pain in my stomach, but up to this point doctors have not been able to figure out what it is. I also have gotten mulitple yeast infections, which is suprising because I am a dude and clean myself pretty well. Thirdly, I have recurring joint problems in my elbows, shoulders and knees which I have never been able to figure out. I am not sure if these are all linked to Accutane, but all I know is that what I have experienced since taking it sounds very similar to everyone else that had bad experiences. As for the post by Ryan on the 25th of june 2010, how you can proclaim it a miracle drug, having never taken it, is beyond me. Have fun with the mood swings, and other immediate side effects. Try not to assume that drug companies and have your health in mind when they push a drug through testing.

  • KevinJune 27, 2010 at 9:08 pm

    I took Acutane around 1985 for 6 months ( I was 19) and it cleared my skin from the cystic acne that I had. I had tried everything else there was at the time and nothing worked. I did not like giving blood once a week but it was worth it. I did have a few of the problems like dry lips while taking the drug but nothing extreme like some of the others here. But around 3 years ago, I started to th[Show More]I took Acutane around 1985 for 6 months ( I was 19) and it cleared my skin from the cystic acne that I had. I had tried everything else there was at the time and nothing worked. I did not like giving blood once a week but it was worth it. I did have a few of the problems like dry lips while taking the drug but nothing extreme like some of the others here. But around 3 years ago, I started to throw up after a meal about 2 times a month. At first I thought nothing of it but after the 25th! time, I started to worry and have made a doctors appointment to see if I am just the unluckiest person in the world for food poisoning or if there is something else going on. A lot of the meals I ate with other people and they did not get sick. I do not know if it is related at all with me taking accutane 25 years ago but will tell my doctor to see if it is related.

  • RyanJune 25, 2010 at 11:30 am

    I don't know what is going on here, but it is ridiculous. It is obviously the same person making most of these claims as there are similarities between all the comments and the same problems are repeated over and over in the same format. Stop trying to scare people off accutane, it is a miracle drug. I am going to start taking it in about a week.

  • Heather W.June 23, 2010 at 9:37 pm

    I was on Accutane for 7 months. I experienced a majority of the symptoms that the company and the doctor clearly explained to me prior to treatment. I also spent endless hours doing research on my own. I am fine and even when I'm not, my ailments do not lead me back to Accutane. Is anyone even considering that age, poor diet, lack of exercise, an already depressive personality, heredity, unknown e[Show More]I was on Accutane for 7 months. I experienced a majority of the symptoms that the company and the doctor clearly explained to me prior to treatment. I also spent endless hours doing research on my own. I am fine and even when I'm not, my ailments do not lead me back to Accutane. Is anyone even considering that age, poor diet, lack of exercise, an already depressive personality, heredity, unknown environmental factors and lack of education about ones own body factor into these hundreds of medical complaints. The need to blame one for the other is clearly going on in most of the comments. So be proactive and not the victim. Come on, now we have someone commenting on this site who is wondering if her bowels acting up are a result of handling the medication (wearing gloves I'm sure) and never have ingesting it. Do the math. And don't take my word, I only used it for 7 months, but did I mention that I work for a very successful dermatology office that prescribes Isotretinoin to hundreds of patients a year?? And has been for 17 years. Yes, maybe a handful have discontinued the treatment because it did not suit them. There are also a handful who chose to do a second course of therapy. And there are DOZENS who are happy with the results. I can tell you that the phones are not ringing everyday with patients complaining of an aching back or a hemrhoid and wondering how it is connected to the Accutane they took 10 years ago.

  • SusanJune 23, 2010 at 12:03 am

    I took Accutane in the mid-eighties when I was in my 20s. I had the usual dry-skin side effects, but didn't care because it cleared up my skin and I felt very happy. Now in my late 40s I do have intestinal problems and occasional severe depression, but who knows why. I eat super-healthy foods and exercise a lot, so it's not due to lifestyle. It could be due to pre-menopause, but now I'm wonder[Show More]I took Accutane in the mid-eighties when I was in my 20s. I had the usual dry-skin side effects, but didn't care because it cleared up my skin and I felt very happy. Now in my late 40s I do have intestinal problems and occasional severe depression, but who knows why. I eat super-healthy foods and exercise a lot, so it's not due to lifestyle. It could be due to pre-menopause, but now I'm wondering if the Accutane had anything to do with it. I wonder how this can even be proven.

  • JulieJune 22, 2010 at 5:21 am

    I am very disappointed at all the negative comments posted here regarding Accutane. What is missing from all these anecdotes is how it has saved many people from the horrible and debilitating effects of acne. I know because I was one of them. A very kind and compassionate dermatologist finally ended my 11 years of acne misery with a 4 month course of Accutane. Of course I had dry lips and dry sens[Show More]I am very disappointed at all the negative comments posted here regarding Accutane. What is missing from all these anecdotes is how it has saved many people from the horrible and debilitating effects of acne. I know because I was one of them. A very kind and compassionate dermatologist finally ended my 11 years of acne misery with a 4 month course of Accutane. Of course I had dry lips and dry sensitive skin, that is expected and NOT an adverse effect. Did I get depressed? Absolutely not, in fact quite the opposite. I was ecstatic because finally my face was clearing up. Many people make the inference that Accutane causes depression, but they also lack information regarding how most people who are on accutane has failed all other types of acne therapies, have severe cystic acne, or even have severe scarring and because of that hese people already have an underlying depression even before starting the accutane. Regarding the irritable bowel syndrome, anyone can have bouts of having to go to the bathroom more frequently, abdominal pain... I am not dismissing the true legitimate cases, but also realize that there is no study that shows that Accutane directly causes IBD. In fact the incidences of developing IBD while on accutane is about 1.1%. That's a 99.9% chance that you will not. Let's not forget that the birth control efficacy rate is 99.7% and we rely on that without question. Lastly, Accutane is does NOT cure acne. It puts the acne in remission kind of like how chemo does for cancer. So when you hear of people taking multiple courses of accutane, it is not because it didn't work, but because that was the length of the remission. I took my first course of accutane at 23 and then again at 31. I hope this last course will give me a remission that outlives the course of my acne. If it does not, I will have no problems taking this medication again. It is a wonder drug that has helped out so many people. Please do not dismiss the idea of accutane entirely because you have heard negative things about it. There are so many more positive and happy stories that just don't get posted on the web

  • DebiJune 21, 2010 at 6:47 pm

    I have been on accutane twice. I was a bit older in life (early to mid 30's and tired of dealing with acne and the embarrasment that came with it) - the first time was for 5 months - the second for 4 months. I live with serious stomach problems and like many of you, I have constant bowel issues. I recently found out from my daughter about the lawsuit. All these years I have tried to understand[Show More]I have been on accutane twice. I was a bit older in life (early to mid 30's and tired of dealing with acne and the embarrasment that came with it) - the first time was for 5 months - the second for 4 months. I live with serious stomach problems and like many of you, I have constant bowel issues. I recently found out from my daughter about the lawsuit. All these years I have tried to understand what was causing my stomach/bowel issues. I had a colonoscopy and they could not find a reason for my pain. IBS and Bypolar Disorder is the Dr.'s answer for everything these days. I suffer from constant leg pain and my immune system is low and I get sick very easily as well. I cannot enjoy dining out my fear of the bowel problems I seem to suffer from. I'm not so sure it was a fair trade for looking better. I was never told from my DR.'s about the bowel and/or stomach issues that could be associated with this drug. They did specifically mention the dry mouth, dry eyes, possible joint pain that was associated with it though of which they said all go away within weeks of going off the medication. It is not unusual that people would take drugs knowing there are possible side effects. Unfortunately they want to believe that their probability is in the lower percentile of possibilities. When you see high percentages of people having serious side effects from a drug it is time to take action. The FDA should never have allowed this drug to be on the market let alone stay on the market as long as they did with the increased incidents of depression and suicide rates as high as they were with teens on this medication. Was the research sufficient to justify it's original FDA approval??!! Any medicines that can cause mongoloid babies, serious birth defects, suicide, and depression should never be approved for children or teens.

  • debbieJune 21, 2010 at 3:33 am

    I took accutane in the 80's. I was told that I had Ibs for many years and then told that I have chrons disease a few years ago.I refused to take their meds and I suffer with the effects of it every day.

  • MichaelJune 20, 2010 at 8:01 am

    I took Claravis (Accutane) for 8 months, I had all the normal side effects like nose bleeds, dry skin/lips, and i have had no problems ever since

  • RichardJune 19, 2010 at 7:17 pm

    I took accutane for my acne when I was 20 in 1990 for three months. I experienced bloody noses mulitple times a day going into the third month. At that time I stopped under orders of the doctor. It worked exceptionally well, however, I seem to sweat uncontrollably whenever it is warm an also have gastrointestinal problems. To top it off, i was diagnosed with Testes Cancer in October 2008. Jus[Show More]I took accutane for my acne when I was 20 in 1990 for three months. I experienced bloody noses mulitple times a day going into the third month. At that time I stopped under orders of the doctor. It worked exceptionally well, however, I seem to sweat uncontrollably whenever it is warm an also have gastrointestinal problems. To top it off, i was diagnosed with Testes Cancer in October 2008. Just the other day i heard of this lawsuit and then found hundreds of others with medical problems. I honestly wish the best to everyone who has experienced and is dealing with the side effects of this drug.

  • jamesJune 18, 2010 at 2:17 am

    I TOOK ACCUTANE WHEN I WAS 15 YEARS OLD.IT DRIED MY MOUTH AND EYES OUT.IT DID GET RID OF MY ACNE.THIS WAS IN 1984-1985.THE MEDICINE WAS VERY EXPENSIVE FOR MY PARENTS TO HAVE TO BUY.I HAVE ANYWHERE FROM THREE TO 6-8 BOWEL MOVEMENTS A DAY. I CAN EAT A SMALL PIECE OF BREAD AND HAVE TO HAVE A BOWEL MOVEMENT.ITS VERY AGGREVATING.AT THE AGE OF 20,I HAD TO HAVE MY GAUL BLADDER REMOVED.MY DR SAID I HAVE I[Show More]I TOOK ACCUTANE WHEN I WAS 15 YEARS OLD.IT DRIED MY MOUTH AND EYES OUT.IT DID GET RID OF MY ACNE.THIS WAS IN 1984-1985.THE MEDICINE WAS VERY EXPENSIVE FOR MY PARENTS TO HAVE TO BUY.I HAVE ANYWHERE FROM THREE TO 6-8 BOWEL MOVEMENTS A DAY. I CAN EAT A SMALL PIECE OF BREAD AND HAVE TO HAVE A BOWEL MOVEMENT.ITS VERY AGGREVATING.AT THE AGE OF 20,I HAD TO HAVE MY GAUL BLADDER REMOVED.MY DR SAID I HAVE IBS.I STAY TIRED ALL OF THE TIME,AND HAVE DEVELOPED A MUSCLE DISORDER CALLED MYOPATHY WITH TUBULAR AGGREGATES,IN WHICH IS DEPLETING MY IMUNE SYSTEM.MY MUSCLES AND BONES ACHE ALL OF THE TIME TO THE POINT TO WHERE I CANT STAND TO EVEN MOVE AT TIMES. I DONT RECALL THE DR THAT PRESCRIBED IT TO ME TELL MYSELF OR MY PARENTS ABOUT ANY SIDE EFFECTS EXCEPT FOR THE DRY MOUTH AND EYES.THE DR TOOK A BEFORE PICTURE AND AN AFTER PICTURE.THE MEDICINE DID MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN MY LIFE AND HELPED RAISE MY SELF ESTEEM DURING HIGH SCHOOL.I SURE COULD DO WITHOUT THE PROBLEMS IM HAVING WITH MY BOWELS AND ESPECIALLY IF ITS CONNECTED TO MY MUSCLE DISORDER.MY DR ALSO TOLD ME MY MUSCLE DISORDER COULD EVEN CAUSE PARALYSIS,IN MY LEGGS AND ARMS. IN THE PAST COUPLE OF YEARS IVE BEEN HAVING RECTAL BLEEDING.COLONOSCOPYS HAVENT BEEN ABLE TO FIND ANYTHING. THANK YOU FOR LISTENING TO ME.

  • JoeyJune 17, 2010 at 5:41 am

    Uhhhh....dude...you're not supposed to be on accutane for longer than 6 months at a time. How are you on it for 8 months straight?! Get off of it NOW. Your body needs a break in between treatments. Your going to screw up your liver. Seriously. Even 6 months at a time is pushing it.

  • bironJune 14, 2010 at 4:20 pm

    I took accutane for severe acne problem and it solved the problem because my acne is no more bleeding or swelling but the professor-doctor told me accutane gives you 25% of the chances to have a sick baby. It's seems to be a dangerous drug, is it?

  • JohnJune 14, 2010 at 1:15 pm

    I took accutane four different times in the 80's and 90's. I worked great but now in my 40''s i've been sick with all types of stomach issues. I have been out of work several different times. Doctor's gave me alot of pain pills and flora-Q. My bowel movements have been messed up for several years. The emergency room once told me that I have damage in a small part of my colon!

  • SheylaJune 14, 2010 at 4:10 am

    I have a 2006 2.7L Dodge Stratus and since the day I bought it, it had a weird knocking sound to it, and when I took it to the dealership I bought it from, they told me that it was normal for it to sound like that. Now after owning it for almost 4 yrs it shot down on me while driving home from my 3yr old daughters dance recital and won't start up, and I'm still paying it off. Now I'm stuck fixing [Show More]I have a 2006 2.7L Dodge Stratus and since the day I bought it, it had a weird knocking sound to it, and when I took it to the dealership I bought it from, they told me that it was normal for it to sound like that. Now after owning it for almost 4 yrs it shot down on me while driving home from my 3yr old daughters dance recital and won't start up, and I'm still paying it off. Now I'm stuck fixing it, or paying it off and just letting it sit there, cause I really don't have the money to put in to it to get fixed,

  • TrentJune 13, 2010 at 5:34 pm

    This has been almost unbearable to read the comment after comment that are my exact words. I was on accutane for 3-6 months in 2001 for treatment of acne. Around the end of 2003 I noticed a small amount (2 drops) of blood in my increasing stool movements. I was afraid to make a Dr appointment and I figured It couldn't be that big of thing I was 24yrs old. I finally went to the emergency room after[Show More]This has been almost unbearable to read the comment after comment that are my exact words. I was on accutane for 3-6 months in 2001 for treatment of acne. Around the end of 2003 I noticed a small amount (2 drops) of blood in my increasing stool movements. I was afraid to make a Dr appointment and I figured It couldn't be that big of thing I was 24yrs old. I finally went to the emergency room after I lost so much blood in a work place porta-potty I had to be helped out and required help just to walk from the truck to the hospital. I have lived that day over in my head for years, I was diognosed with ulcertive colitis, an unexplained and a hopeful at best drug treatment plan, sickness that took everything away from me. My question to the Doctor was if at least I would die from the disease because the symptoms were getting more out of control by the day. I was stuffed full to the gills with my first dose of steriods,prednisone was like gaining all the side effects of roids without any muscles, did I mention they forgot to tell me to take a calcium & vitamin D supplement, did'nt have a clue till bones creeked and crackad. I apolagize about the noval but I don't discuss my UC w/ anyone any more and I can barely hold back the tears- partly for an answer to why the hell this happened and alot, well lets just say my hands are shaking thinking about my life for last 6yrs in every way imaginable, literally down the toilet. Thanks for the hope, I'll take it in moderation, but will pray for best. Stay strong UC and Chrons victims, life has to be out there.

  • JenJune 13, 2010 at 5:23 pm

    I sound like a lot of you. I have had numerous problems including minor issues with my bowels, joint pain, fatigue, upper respiratory, reproductive organs, and tons of yeast infections. No doctor could figure out a cause or effective treatment for all of my issues. On my own, I Found that I had a huge problem with yeast production and leaky gut syndrome that let the yeast spread to multiple sys[Show More]I sound like a lot of you. I have had numerous problems including minor issues with my bowels, joint pain, fatigue, upper respiratory, reproductive organs, and tons of yeast infections. No doctor could figure out a cause or effective treatment for all of my issues. On my own, I Found that I had a huge problem with yeast production and leaky gut syndrome that let the yeast spread to multiple systems. I did a yeast detox diet and took some yeast killing antibiotics. Now, all of my symptoms have gone away. I read that there is a link between acutane and yeast problems. I highly recommend googling candida albicans and reading research by Dr. Crook. The Yeast Connection website/book was great. I feel better than I have since I was a teen on acutane and i'm in my 30's. It's worth a try for some you with symptoms that are annoying but not as severe as others. We should all form a support group!

  • veganJune 12, 2010 at 11:00 pm

    i used accutane for about 6 months about 15 years ago. i have never experienced ANY of these side effects during or since treatment. AND my skin is still great. no complaints whatsoever. people, you need to eat better and treat your bodies better and you will not develop these issues.

  • AshleeJune 12, 2010 at 6:43 pm

    I worked in a pharmacy for 8 years and distributed accutane many times. I have had Crohn's disease for years and wonder if this is a connection or if the product has to be in your body to cause, damage as there are some drugs that are potent enough to get in the body by touching them.

  • DavidJune 10, 2010 at 6:10 am

    I feel lucky that I have not experienced some of the more extreme side effects since I used Accutane in 1989 for a few months. I do have unexplainable bowel issues (serious irritation after BMs) since 2006, however, and will be contacting an attorney.

  • LizJune 10, 2010 at 4:19 am

    My son took accutane for a few months and it cleared his face great, then he developed horrible stomach issues towards the end of treatment , eventually diagnosed with eosinnophyllic gastroenteritis. He missed all of high school and finised homeschool. He is in second year of college and still fights it. We stopped going to the doctor because they didnt have any help for him other than hydrocod[Show More]My son took accutane for a few months and it cleared his face great, then he developed horrible stomach issues towards the end of treatment , eventually diagnosed with eosinnophyllic gastroenteritis. He missed all of high school and finised homeschool. He is in second year of college and still fights it. We stopped going to the doctor because they didnt have any help for him other than hydrocodone or steriods. He just tries to manage with diet and rest. It has totally altered his life. He has improved to the point he can attend school, but still has to push through many days of sickness. I would be interested also to know if there is any way to prove it or have recourse. He never was able to work during highschool and can't handle full work schedule. We have also been concerned what this will do long term when he has to provide for a family and work full time. I hate to think this will continue, but it has.

  • MarkJune 9, 2010 at 8:52 pm

    I took Accutane for three months in my 20's. Normal side effects, dry nose, dry lips, and dry skin. It knocked out my ache problem - for good. Mid 40's, no ache and no side effects - except those with growing older. FYI - my face looks great - no scars (thanks Retinol!) - people think I'm in my early 30's.

  • TravisJune 9, 2010 at 7:11 pm

    Same story. Accutane during 8th grade. Diagnosed with chrons disease in 9th grade. Recently, my diagnosis was changed to ulcerative colitis. Thanks, Accutane! A life time of disease for few less zits.

  • AlinaJune 9, 2010 at 3:13 pm

    I am currently on accutane, and I have been for over a year. I had severe acne on my back. My senior year in high school was painful because of it. I cringed everytime I put on my backback or a bra. I hated taking showers and I got all my polos bloody. Accutane has saved me. This process was very very hard. I had high cholesterol and the doctor refused to put me on it for a full year. I went to th[Show More]I am currently on accutane, and I have been for over a year. I had severe acne on my back. My senior year in high school was painful because of it. I cringed everytime I put on my backback or a bra. I hated taking showers and I got all my polos bloody. Accutane has saved me. This process was very very hard. I had high cholesterol and the doctor refused to put me on it for a full year. I went to three different doctors from moving around and ALL of them warned me about the risks of accutane. They are very thourough, but not once had I heard about the colon/bowel issues. Honestly, it freaks me out, but I am not sure I can believe it until I see the statistics. How many people who take accutane develop this disease? and compared to the amount of people who dont take accutane but still get it. I don't think any one should start pointing fingers until someone does the math because this is only going to cause panic to the people who are on it or have currently taken it. Prove it, please.

  • ChrisJune 8, 2010 at 7:17 pm

    Well, Well. No wonder I have not had a decent bowel movement in years. I took Accutane FOUR DIFFERENT TIMES starting in the early 80's through the end of that decade. My doctor was a good man and probably did not know the long-term effects. I just wanted to get rid of the awful cystic acne that has disfigured me to this day. I have terrible stomach and bowel problems, and respiratory/allergy probl[Show More]Well, Well. No wonder I have not had a decent bowel movement in years. I took Accutane FOUR DIFFERENT TIMES starting in the early 80's through the end of that decade. My doctor was a good man and probably did not know the long-term effects. I just wanted to get rid of the awful cystic acne that has disfigured me to this day. I have terrible stomach and bowel problems, and respiratory/allergy problems from the leaky bowel I have probably due to this crap. F-ing bastards need to be put out of business and put in jail.

  • MichaelJune 7, 2010 at 7:33 pm

    I took accutane a few years back for my acne. I took it for about 8 months. For the last four years, i have now had severe depression and multiple suicidal thoughts. I have tried multiple anti depressants, and none seem to work. During my treatment, i also developed HUGE blistering cysts on my chest and shoulders. These continued for years after treatment. My chest is now SEVERELY scarred to[Show More]I took accutane a few years back for my acne. I took it for about 8 months. For the last four years, i have now had severe depression and multiple suicidal thoughts. I have tried multiple anti depressants, and none seem to work. During my treatment, i also developed HUGE blistering cysts on my chest and shoulders. These continued for years after treatment. My chest is now SEVERELY scarred to the point that i am more than embarrassed to take off my shirt for even my doctors. Also, i have read some of these testimonies saying things about bowel problems, and i have noticed that for the last few years i have been having bowel movements 6 to 8 times a day. Does anyone think this can be caused by the accutane???

  • MelanieJune 7, 2010 at 5:28 pm

    i took accutane for 8 months and a year later had internal bleeding in my stomach and colon. After a month of tests, I was told it wasn't Crohn's Disease even though I have every symptom... later found out they had no explanation for my internal bleeding and swollen stomach and colon. Told me it was IBS from stress from college...... Its now a year and a half later and I still have bleeding and [Show More]i took accutane for 8 months and a year later had internal bleeding in my stomach and colon. After a month of tests, I was told it wasn't Crohn's Disease even though I have every symptom... later found out they had no explanation for my internal bleeding and swollen stomach and colon. Told me it was IBS from stress from college...... Its now a year and a half later and I still have bleeding and severe pain.

  • CaraJune 4, 2010 at 4:08 pm

    I have been on accutane (second time) for 6 months. Will it matter after this long if I do one more month?

  • JamesJune 4, 2010 at 2:51 am

    I took Accutane for about 6 months in 1989, during my senior year in high school. Shortly after ending treatment (which cleared up my severe cystic acne), I began having the most frequent and agonizing stomach cramps that kept me doubled over for hours on end. And then the blood in my stool started. I was eventually diagnosed with ulcerative colitis, and spent four years on various treatments, [Show More]I took Accutane for about 6 months in 1989, during my senior year in high school. Shortly after ending treatment (which cleared up my severe cystic acne), I began having the most frequent and agonizing stomach cramps that kept me doubled over for hours on end. And then the blood in my stool started. I was eventually diagnosed with ulcerative colitis, and spent four years on various treatments, including multiple colonoscopies. I also went through many, many years of severe, and sometimes uncontrollable, mood swings, and was diagnosed four years ago with bipolar disorder. Strangely, I had no idea that Accutane had been removed from the market, or that there were multiple lawsuits going on pertaining to IBS or depression, until my mother read an article and contacted me. I'm now seriously considering contacting a lawyer.

  • C.J.June 3, 2010 at 11:17 pm

    I took Accutane for approximately 6 months and several months later there was rectal bleeding , which was linked to Hiatal Hernea,, now I have joint pain in one wrist only .. Im not sure the connection, But I agree with the other comments . I will keep a few pimples then all these side affects

  • JulieMay 30, 2010 at 6:48 am

    I took Accutane for 6mth to get rid of my acne which it did a great job of. I recall having IBS much in Jr. High and especially in High School. Severe tiredness. Diagnosed with Ultracitive Colitis when I was 23 then a year later re-diagnosed with Crohn's Disease. I have severe depression at times, joint pain, hair loss, and of course all the pains and problems associated with Crohn's Disease a[Show More]I took Accutane for 6mth to get rid of my acne which it did a great job of. I recall having IBS much in Jr. High and especially in High School. Severe tiredness. Diagnosed with Ultracitive Colitis when I was 23 then a year later re-diagnosed with Crohn's Disease. I have severe depression at times, joint pain, hair loss, and of course all the pains and problems associated with Crohn's Disease and the medicines that treat CD. Now almost 29 and my body feels like I'm 50 because of how tired, exhausted I get even while eating right and exercising regularly.

  • KathrynMay 25, 2010 at 6:29 pm

    I was given this medication when I was 16 years old to treat acne. I don't recall having significant problems with it at the time, and was only on it for 3 months, but I have suffered from Crohn's Disease since I was 18. If there is any connection between this medication and the disease that has ruined my life and something could have been done to stop it, I will be mad as hell. I have lived wi[Show More]I was given this medication when I was 16 years old to treat acne. I don't recall having significant problems with it at the time, and was only on it for 3 months, but I have suffered from Crohn's Disease since I was 18. If there is any connection between this medication and the disease that has ruined my life and something could have been done to stop it, I will be mad as hell. I have lived with pain, and a lot of it all of my adult life, and it looks like I have my acne treatment to thank. I remember being warned over and over again, and having to go on the pill despite the fact that I wasn't sexually active, but I don't remember hearing a word about IBD. The fact that they are more than willing to keep a drug to treat a cosmetic problem that causes only minor discomfort on the market, despite the fact that it can cause a lifetime of debilitating illness is very frustrating. Nothing, with the exception of life saving drugs should be allowed on the market if it causes a disease as serious as Crohn's or UC. I have spent years wondering why the disease struck me, and have done what I can to make the best of my situation. Just now finding out that it may well have been preventable is frustrating. They should have had just as much warning and consultation regarding IBD as they did regarding birth control and the possibility of birth defects caused by the meds.

  • BrandyMay 24, 2010 at 7:27 pm

    I took Accutane for about 6 months. I had all of the normal side effects and then after my 6 months was up, my skin was absolutely perfect. It is VERY sensitive though. I cannot use any perfumed type of cleansing agent or I break out in a rash. About a year ago I started experiencing gastro-abdominal issues and have since gained about 20 pounds all in the abdominal area. I have nto changed ea[Show More]I took Accutane for about 6 months. I had all of the normal side effects and then after my 6 months was up, my skin was absolutely perfect. It is VERY sensitive though. I cannot use any perfumed type of cleansing agent or I break out in a rash. About a year ago I started experiencing gastro-abdominal issues and have since gained about 20 pounds all in the abdominal area. I have nto changed eating habits or anything. I have a lot of issues with my bladder as well that i did not have prior to the medicine. i am scheduled to see a gastrointerologist in the coming weeks to determine what is going on.

  • carrieMay 21, 2010 at 5:21 pm

    I remember taking acne medication when I was a teen. Then for years I was having horrible stomach pains and doctors couldn't figure it out. After about 4 years I got kidney stones and then shortly after a colonoscopy was diagnosed with Severe Crohn's Disease-Colitis. No one in my family has had it and no one can tell me what caused it! I went from about 105 lbs down to 80 lbs my senior year of hig[Show More]I remember taking acne medication when I was a teen. Then for years I was having horrible stomach pains and doctors couldn't figure it out. After about 4 years I got kidney stones and then shortly after a colonoscopy was diagnosed with Severe Crohn's Disease-Colitis. No one in my family has had it and no one can tell me what caused it! I went from about 105 lbs down to 80 lbs my senior year of high school. Those years are supposed to be the best years of you life and I was miserable, fragile, and couldn't keep any food in me and enduring the pain when I ate was unimaginable... After a year of many different pills, even at one point taking 16 pills a day I now have injections and they hurt very bad and cause joint pain and weight gain.. It's the strongest thing that I can be on with my severe condition and people with rheumatoid arthritis also take it... This is a serious disease and if acne medicine caused it then atleast that would give closure to the "WHY ME"...

  • BlakeMay 18, 2010 at 12:45 am

    I took accutane for over a year, 5 years later I was diagnosed will ulcertive colitis. I loke a total or 50 pounds and was have more then 10 bowl movements a day. It had been a very depressing and awful experience for me.

  • RhondaMay 16, 2010 at 4:04 pm

    My son is 16 and was on Accutane for 6 weeks. We noticed he would just fall asleep suddenly and was tired all the time. My son fell asleep in the bathtub for two hours in the middle of the night and almost drowned. Our home was flooded, there were no side effects listed for causing patients to become very sleepy. My son is no longer using this drug.

  • NicoleMay 15, 2010 at 3:04 am

    I'm incredibly disturbed. I took accutane for five months, suffered the usual side effects- dry mouth, bloody noses, aching joints, etc. Stuck it out as this was the only thing that helped with my severe acne. This was in my 20s. I'd have to really think about the year.. after a couple of years it no longer worked and I broke out worse than before. I never put the two together. I got reall[Show More]I'm incredibly disturbed. I took accutane for five months, suffered the usual side effects- dry mouth, bloody noses, aching joints, etc. Stuck it out as this was the only thing that helped with my severe acne. This was in my 20s. I'd have to really think about the year.. after a couple of years it no longer worked and I broke out worse than before. I never put the two together. I got really sick, had to have my gallbladder removed as it just stopped working. I have had inflammation of my intestines before and since. I have multiple other problems that my doctor can't really pinpoint. I've been diagnosed with fibromyalgia, raynaud's and neuropathy. I have completely fallen apart and it affects my every day living- I got a job working from home to help with all my sick time. Is there seriously a connection????? On a different note- I tried proactiv and have been blemish free ever since. Wish I had known about proactiv way back when.

  • KarenMay 13, 2010 at 6:22 pm

    My daughter took this drug and complained of her back hurting her. Later we realized her spine had twisted pulling up one hip. The drug does state bone problems may occur. We contacted a lawyer who poo pooed the idea.

  • LisaMay 13, 2010 at 3:49 pm

    My son went on Accutane when he was 14 years old and a freshman in High School. He was 6' and 220lbs. He did 5 months of Accutane. He has since lost 75lbs and was just diagnosed with Crohn's Disease. We have no family history of IBD or autoimmune diseases. This has just broken my heart!

  • cynthiaMay 12, 2010 at 8:23 pm

    I took accutane in my 20"s. In my 40"s,I began having what was diagnosed as IBS. I went from 174 to 120lbs. My weight has stabalized but I continue to this day with IBS. No social life either. Work is about all I can do! ( around a bathroom ) !

  • charleneMay 11, 2010 at 11:37 am

    My son took accutane when he was 14. He was a healthy, happy boy. But his health took a turn for the worse and he wound up with ulcerative colitis, terrible weight loss (6'1" tall and 115 lbs.) and osteoperosis. He's had kidney stones and, even though they now have the colitis somewhat under control, it's hard for him to work and he has very little social life. I'm mad as hell that the pharmac[Show More]My son took accutane when he was 14. He was a healthy, happy boy. But his health took a turn for the worse and he wound up with ulcerative colitis, terrible weight loss (6'1" tall and 115 lbs.) and osteoperosis. He's had kidney stones and, even though they now have the colitis somewhat under control, it's hard for him to work and he has very little social life. I'm mad as hell that the pharmaceutical company ruined my son's life. We have had to help him financially at times when he was really sick so it's put a strain on everyone in the family. The victims deserve compensation for thier suffering, my son being one of them.

  • stephanieMay 11, 2010 at 2:19 am

    My son was on accutane for only three months for a severe case of acne. He did get the dry skin and mouth part however he was checked once a month and only took it for a short time he did not get sick. It actually helped him a lot. He had a low self esteem being a teenager and now is getting much better.

  • JorgeMay 3, 2010 at 10:42 pm

    I took Accutane during 1995 for my severe acne problem. I read the side affects as I do w/ every medicine I take. Well, I got the dry skin, extra pink skin especially out in the sun, some rectal bleeding and my lips just cracked like crazy, So, after 3 months of dealing w/ all the side affects, I figured having acne was not all that bad, so I quit accutane and switched over to a snake soap. One [Show More]I took Accutane during 1995 for my severe acne problem. I read the side affects as I do w/ every medicine I take. Well, I got the dry skin, extra pink skin especially out in the sun, some rectal bleeding and my lips just cracked like crazy, So, after 3 months of dealing w/ all the side affects, I figured having acne was not all that bad, so I quit accutane and switched over to a snake soap. One month later I was free of ALL acne except one pimple on my forehead and I had no side affects. Plus, Accutane was expensive ass hell.

  • SisMay 2, 2010 at 3:10 am

    My brother took Accutane for about 6 months too and then got very sick and was diagnosed with ulcerative colotis. He has lost a lot of weight!

  • jessicaApril 29, 2010 at 5:25 am

    i have the same problems where i can't stop going to the bathroom at night. i hate it

  • DaveApril 27, 2010 at 7:43 pm

    I was on Accutane for about 8 months and now I have intestinal problems, joint pain, and depression. I would like to know more about the link between Accutane and gastrointestinal problems like IBS and joint problems.

  • isabelApril 19, 2010 at 4:56 pm

    i took 6 month accutane, but know i have symptoms of depression, anxiety, and my urinary bladder is giving me many problems , i cannot stop going to the restroom during the night, its so uncomfortable.

  • David S.February 18, 2010 at 8:51 am

    You can view free video clips from the trial AND the original re-trial at the Courtroom View Network blog, which has pretty great coverage of the case. http://info.courtroomview.com/Blog/bid/33780/25M-Verdict-in-Accutane-Trial

  • janFebruary 18, 2010 at 4:45 am

    Are any lawsuits in progress in Australia. I would like to know how long the gap has been between taking the drug and the onset of inflammatory bowel disease in people who are pursuing legal remedy.

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