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One of the most frustrating things about a child’s teen years is acne. Many children this age endure embarrassment and low self-esteem due to problematic skin and severe acne. Accutane (isotretinoin), approved by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) in May 1982, is a medication used to treat severe acne that doesn’t respond to other treatment. In order for the drug to work, it must be taken daily. It works by restricting the production of facial oils via glands in the skin. However, the acne will likely return once a person stops taking the medicine.
Accutane quickly became a profitable prescription acne drug with over 13 million prescribed users. However, there have been many recent reports of dangerous side effects linked to the use of Accutane. Thousands of lawsuits have been filed against Roche due to the side effects associated with Accutane. Additionally, Accutane cannot be taken by pregnant women because it will cause birth defects during the pregnancy. Women who are sexually active must be on birth control before they can be given Accutane.

There is a relatively lengthy list of Accutane side effects. Common ones include:

• Severe depression
• Birth defects
• Severe skin peeling
• Bone pain
• Hearing problems
• Seizures
• Jaundice
• Inflammatory Bowel Disease
• Headaches
• Hair Loss

And that is only a small list of the potential Accutane side affects you may suffer. Accutane was pulled from the open market in June 2009. However, the damage was already done. The company went on to lose every Accutane side effect personal injury lawsuit that went to court. One lawsuit involving a former Accutane user who developed inflammatory bowel disease resulted in a $25 million jury award to the victim.

If you or a loved one took Accutane, contact a lawyer right away. It can sometimes take year after you have stopped taking the drug for some of the side effects to surface. For a free consultation at the New Jersey law firm of O’Connor, Parsons, Lane & Noble, you can simply Contact us online or call 1-908-928-9200 or 1-800-586-5817 for a free no obligation consultation.