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Is it possible to somehow prove that Accutane is the cause for severe facial damage and depression?

My life feels pretty much over since taking Accutane for six and half months and it's disgraceful that I have to suffer 24/7 and the morons responsible for the disaster don't even know about it.

I read that the parents to a boy who took his own life by flying a helicopter into a building blamed Accutane for their son's death and filed a $70 million lawsuit against Roche.

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Is it possible to somehow prove that Accutane is the cause for severe facial damage and depression?

My life feels pretty much over since taking Accutane for six and half months and it's disgraceful that I have to suffer 24/7 and the morons responsible for the disaster don't even know about it.

I read that the parents to a boy who took his own life by flying a helicopter into a building blamed Accutane for their son's death and filed a $70 million lawsuit against Roche.

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There's actually no need to prove. Its already been proven that accutane can cause depression. There's already a warning that it could be one of the side effects.

What do you actually want from this lawsuit? Compensation or you just want the world to know how horrible accutane is? I'm no lawyer but I feel that if you really want to fight, this is going to be a very very long case and the chances that you might win is very slim. This is just like an example of a patient getting an operation and he died on the operation table because of complications not because the doctor didn't do his best.

Besides any drug that is taken has its side effects, be it antibiotic, blood pressure drugs, diabetic drugs but they work majority well for people. So even if you do prove that it has affected you in some way, it still works well for others, that is why I say you might lose.

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There's actually no need to prove. Its already been proven that accutane can cause depression. There's already a warning that it could be one of the side effects.

What do you actually want from this lawsuit? Compensation or you just want the world to know how horrible accutane is? I'm no lawyer but I feel that if you really want to fight, this is going to be a very very long case and the chances that you might win is very slim. This is just like an example of a patient getting an operation and he died on the operation table because of complications not because the doctor didn't do his best.

Besides any drug that is taken has its side effects, be it antibiotic, blood pressure drugs, diabetic drugs but they work majority well for people. So even if you do prove that it has affected you in some way, it still works well for others, that is why I say you might lose.

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Don't sue roche. Come on... Why would you sue a company that tries to help you.

Accutane is a last resort. You had the choice of taking it and accepting the risks, or living with acne, and you chose the former.

I feel bad for you, but sueing companies for personal gain is just lame.

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True we understood there was risks, but one thing about rouche is they denny knowledge of many side effects and don't list all of them on the pamflet. If i knew i had a chance of getting lupus (whether i have it or not) i would of been less likely to take the drug and it is KNOWN to induce lupus, i didn't read that on the pamflet?

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I can't believe you're actually thinking of this, you're a moron. Don't try take out a drug that helps millions of people, thats like trying to get chemotherapy banned for its side effects.

I feel bad for you but not at all for the fact that you're thinking of sueing. As said, you KNEW it could cause depression.

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I am in agreement with the other people here: are you joking? :doh:

This could be the accutane speaking right now. You cannot take this to court, as you would have no case.

A) You willingly took this drug.

B) You were informed of its many, many possible side effects

C) If you were feeling depressed, you should have left your dermatologist know this, and he would have stopped your treatment, or lowered the dosage

D) You may have developed Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD) from all of this, but I do not know if this was actually caused by the accutane. This is a condition where you view yourself as inferior to others and you think you are ugly. Many people are left undiagnosed because they are too embarrassed to visit a doctor. Make sure you check out these symptoms for it because you may have it.

People with BDD are preoccupied with an imagined physical defect or a minor defect that others often cannot see. As a result, people with this disorder see themselves as "ugly" and often avoid social exposure to others or turn to plastic surgery to try to improve their appearance.

People with OCD have recurring and distressing thoughts, fears or images (obsessions) that they cannot control. The anxiety (nervousness) produced by these thoughts leads to an urgent need to perform certain rituals or routines (compulsions). With BDD, a person's preoccupation with the defect often leads to ritualistic behaviors, such as constantly looking in a mirror or picking at the skin. The person with BDD eventually becomes so obsessed with the defect that his or her social, work, and home functioning suffers.

BDD is a chronic (long-term) disorder that affects men and women equally. It usually begins during the teen years or early adulthood.

The most common areas of concern for people with BDD include:

Skin imperfections: These include wrinkles, scars, acne, and blemishes.

Hair: This might include head or body hair or absence of hair.

Facial features: Very often this involves the nose, but it also might involve the shape and size of any feature.

Some of the warning signs that a person may have BDD include:

- Engaging in repetitive and time-consuming behaviors, such as looking in a mirror, picking at the skin, and trying to hide or cover up the perceived defect

- Constantly asking for reassurance that the defect is not visible or too obvious

- Repeatedly measuring or touching the perceived defect

- Experiencing problems at work or school, or in relationships due to the inability to stop focusing about the perceived defect

- Feeling self-conscious and not wanting to go out in public, or feeling anxious when around other people

- Repeatedly consulting with medical specialists, such as plastic surgeons or dermatologists, to find ways to improve his or her appearance

Source: WebMD

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oh ffs. take some own responsibility at least once in your life. suing Roche for manufacturing Roaccutane is pretty damn low. I'm betting you are an american?

and to people thinking roche is covering up side effects. try to think a little bit further what exactly would they gain on that? that would only make it more likely that a law suit would succed. it would be in Roches own interest to limit it's liabilities by stating side effects. and honestly if you would have gotten severe facial damage then you should have started noticing it, and your doctor should have been contacted. I doubt just a little roaccutane would deform your face.

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That's the problem. :rolleyes: I'm not living in the U.S but I really admire your legal system. If I lived in a country with the thoose laws, I would hire a good lawyer and ask him to make me a rich man.

I mean, you taking (and paying for) a drug which is supposed to make your skin look better and then you end up looking worse than before and it can't be fixed...and the information folder did say absolutely NOTHING about scarring.

And "Unnamed", you are not really believing that Roche sells Accutane to help people, do you? The ONLY reason they market the product is to make as much money and profit as possible. That's what commercial business is all about...in every country of this planet.

Accutane has caused me life threatening injuries and I should be entitled to a huge economic compensation if things were as the should be.

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oh ffs. take some own responsibility at least once in your life. suing Roche for manufacturing Roaccutane is pretty damn low. I'm betting you are an american?

and to people thinking roche is covering up side effects. try to think a little bit further what exactly would they gain on that? that would only make it more likely that a law suit would succed. it would be in Roches own interest to limit it's liabilities by stating side effects. and honestly if you would have gotten severe facial damage then you should have started noticing it, and your doctor should have been contacted. I doubt just a little roaccutane would deform your face.

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I read that the parents to a boy who took his own life by flying a helicopter into a building blamed Accutane for their son's death and filed a $70 million lawsuit against Roche.

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I read that the parents to a boy who took his own life by flying a helicopter into a building blamed Accutane for their son's death and filed a $70 million lawsuit against Roche.

it was an airplane, and that case was thrown out. since there was evidence the kid was actually not taking accutane (it wasn't found in his system during an autopsy.) and that he had other mental problems long before that.

I mean, you taking (and paying for) a drug which is supposed to make your skin look better and then you end up looking worse than before and it can't be fixed...and the information folder did say absolutely NOTHING about scarring.

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I've heard of people scarring during accutane, but after, everything tends to smooth out and fill in (just from what i've heard.)

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It's a heated subject, but we don't need to be calling anyone else "morons" for posting their point of view.

Any drug has side effects. Not all side effects of a drug are fully known. There are so many people for whom Accutane has proven to be their final cure and it remains their final hope.

In the US, Accutane is close to being banned because of media hype, publicity and side effects that are claimed to result from Accutane. I believe it will be banned within the next five years, unless doctors and patients combine together to prevent Accutane from being banned. It is the last hope for so many.

If the original poster feels s/he has mental side effects from the drug, please consider going and getting some psychological testing to determine what might help your current situation. If you are a young person (younger than 30) I think there is a preponderance of mental side effects in younger people; there are fewer side effects reported in older persons. I took Accutane at 29 with not one mental side effect and I had a pre-existing severe major depression.

ANY drug has a risk of causing side effects. In Accutane's case, I do wonder if the drug merely allows a previously inhibited mental issue to show up in younger persons. Most mental illnesses do begin in teenage years or young adult years; the mental illness may have happened anyway with or without Accutane. In this era of pollution, heavy metals, pesticides, who knows what, we are going to see more and more psychiatric conditions in the general population in developed countries and more and more types of cancers in the developed countries.

The above is of course my opinion.

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I researched Accutane extensively before I took it. The things you described as your side effects are pretty well known. I sympathize for what you are going through, but Roche doesn't owe you a thing. Taking Accuatne is a big decision and not want to be taken lightly. If you make the decison to take it you must be prepared for the worst of the side efftects and hope for the best. If you truly are feeling depressed please do speak with your doctor. I hope things get better for you.

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You took the risk when you took accutane. Most people do not have severe depression because of accutane. Im sorry but if you made a law suit, itd be a waste of your time and you would lose. I to also had severe depression and suicidal ideations but the thing is it is very rare. I would say 2% of people who take accutane have that reaction. That would be like if I were to sew Dan because his moisturizer made my face burn and made it red.

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I hope Isotretinoin doesnt get banned bacause of all this bad press.

It is a wonder drug - yes , very dangerous - but very effective in most cases.

It would be such a shame if this treatment is ruined for future generations.

i may need a 3rd treatment yet - so i need it to stick around.

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Fill in afterwards? Well, I am almost two months post and the scars have not improved or filled in.

"You took the risk..." If I would have known that there was of risk of this, I would never have taken it.

I took it to get better skin, not to get worse skin. I got no information what so ever that it could make my skin look worse so I have not taken any risks regarding that matter.

Of course it's a malpractice by the doctor too, I should sue her too.

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u are full of bullcrap theres one big list of side-effects.. american right? "I sue you" it's fcking pathetic..

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There is a paper you sign and it has all the side effects. If you didnt read it, that isnt anyone elses problem. You cannot sew people for that

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