The prescription drug Isotretinoin, better known as Accutane, is one of the most effective drugs for the treatment of severe acne that has not responded to antibiotics. The drug was first marketed in 1982 as a powerful chemotherapy treatment, but is now known as one of the most dangerous substances for all patients, especially women of child rearing age and unborn fetuses who have been exposed to it.
The Dangers to mother and child
Accutane is classified as a teratogen, a substance or agent that is known to cause congenital abnormalities. Accutane has been proven to cause almost certain deformations in infants, including:
- Brain deformities
- Heart defects, which can develop into fatal conditions
- Facial bone and cartilage deformations, such as cleft lips, cleft palates, and missing or small ears and noses
- Babies exposed to Accutane also have substantially lower I.Q.'s than those of their unexposed peers
The Statistics Of Infant Exposure To Accutane
According to the statistics, 40% of all fetuses exposed to the drug are spontaneously miscarried, while another 42% suffer from one or more of the defects listed above. Only 18% are unharmed after exposure.
Additional Side Effects
While birth defects for fetuses are the most common worry of ingesting Accutane, other severe and harmful effects of the medication can include inflammatory bowel disease and suicidal behaviors in patients who use it over an extended period. Milder effects include diminished night vision, increased bone injuries, unusual hair growth or loss, and increased reactivity to UV exposure.
Due to the intensive list of adverse effects, the FDA issued a black box warning for the drug and Accutane manufacturer, Roche Pharmaceuticals, stopped producing it in 2009. However, generic brands of the substance, Amnesteen, Claravis, and Sotret, are still available with a prescription.
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