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by Darren W.
Accutane®, marketed by Roche, an international pharmaceuticals conglomerate, is one of the most well known drugs for acne - one of the most pervasive problems known to teenagers and adults alike. The skin ailment, which affects adolescents, teenagers as well as adults past the age of thirty, is the effect of built-up oil, grime and other skin irritants.
1) If we are to trust the truthfulness of the information made available to the public, Accutane® may well be the wonder drug that can end years and years of humiliation due to Acne. According to consumer reports, Accutane® has presented an astounding success rate, and seems to have succeeded in permanently ending acne for some users.
2) The word “permanent” of course, will never apply to everyone. The margin for failure is between 10% to 20% - a significant number of people will not benefit from the use of Accutane®.
3) However, the 85% success rate seems to be a solid enough proof of its effectiveness. Users reported that the painful cysts, the scarring as well as the discoloration disappeared in treatments lasting from between five months to five years. In some cases, patients chose to prolong the treatment to more than a year - improving the effectiveness of the Accutane® regimen.
1) The disadvantages of Accutane® are tied primarily to the potentially harmful side effects of the drug. According to the Food and Drug Authority (FDA), even though the drug can cause happiness in many patients, it can also be the source of utmost grief.
2) Accutane® has been known to cause miscarriages (which occur between the first few weeks of conception to seven months of gestation). In addition, if the miscarriages don’t take place and the pregnant mother continues with the Accutane® regime, severe birth defects have been noted in “Accutane-affected” babies.
3) Other side effects include cysts and structural damage in the most vital of organs, including the vision loss, the liver, the small and large intestines, the human ears and even the sturdy muscular-skeletal system. These defects are often undetectable - which might pose a problem for patients who do not regularly visit their GPs for regular checkups.
4) Another disturbing side effect of Accutane® is the development of a variety of psychiatric illnesses in its users. In the United Kingdom alone, there have been at least 16 cases of schizophrenia and psychoses in patients whose ages are between 17 to 25. This side effect manifests itself equally in both men and women.
5) The last side effect is dangerous - because there has been documented proof that in some instances, users of Accutane® are driven to suicidal situations. Some users have already taken their lives.
Accutane®(Isotretinoin) belongs to a scientific class of chemicals known as retinoids. Online, Accutane® is being marketed by resellers for $57.34 (60 pills) and $71.11 (90 pills). Non-ROCHE isotretinoin prices for $53.25 (30 pills) and $92.42 (60 pills).
One of the biggest claims of Accutane® is that it can send a person’s acne problem into remission after four or five months - something that topical approaches seem to have failed in succeeding in.
Accutane®, has been tested extensively before its worldwide release. According to the company official website itself, Accutane® has been the “biggest” breakthrough for acne treatment - at least in the last 20 years. However, Accutane® should never be used by pregnant women.
UPDATE: On July 8, 2009, Acne Drug Accutane No Longer Sold details...