Isotretinoin and Generic Acne Medications

Isotretinoin is the chemical name for a naturally occurring compound found in the body. It is similar to Vitamin A and, like Vitamin A, can be manufactured to be administered orally. Isotretinoin was first studied and developed for its uses as a chemotherapy drug because it is capable of targeting and destroying cancerous cells. Over time, however, researchers noticed that increased levels of Isotretinoin helped to dry out skin by reducing skin oil production. With this discovery, the drug entered the market as an acne medication and is still used to this day.

Generic Acne Medications

Isotretinoin has been manufactured and marketed under a number of different brand names by several different pharmaceutical companies. It is commonly prescribed in pill form and taken orally. While the medication may appear in many different forms of packaging and under many different names, almost all oral acne medications share the same active ingredient of Isotretinoin. Collectively, these drugs have been prescribed to millions of patients worldwide as acne treatment.

Potential Side Effects

Unfortunately, besides being effective as an acne medication, Isotretinoin can also cause a patient to experience many unintended side effects. While some cases are mild, others have been afflicted with serious and irreversible diseases that affect them for the rest of their lives. Some of the documented side effects of Isotretinoin-based acne medications include:

  • Crohn’s Disease
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Ulcerative Colitis
  • Birth Defects
  • Depression

If you are taking or have taken an oral acne medication that contains Isotretinoin and have experienced any of the above ailments, you may be a victim of unintended side effects. As a result of your medication and illness, you may be facing costly medical bills, lost wages from time off of work, pain and suffering, and other costs. Fortunately, you may be eligible to take legal action to recover compensation for your injuries and damages. The pharmaceutical company responsible for releasing the questionable medication to the market may be legally liable for any harm that the drug has caused to consumers.

For More Information

To learn more about Isotretinoin-based medications and what steps you can take if you have experienced negative side effects, visit the website of the acne medication lawsuit lawyers ofWilliams Kherkher today.