Sunday, October 19, 2014



Accutane, Hair Loss & Vitamin A 

Accutane use may cause permanent hair loss.

Accutane, or isotretinoin, is a form of vitamin A used to reduce the amount of oil released by oil glands in the skin. Accutane is prescribed to treat severe nodular acne that has not responded to other acne treatments. Accutane use may cause hair loss and alopecia, according to

Patients taking Accutane should not take supplements containing vitamin A, according to Accutane is a form of vitamin A and taking vitamin A supplements at the same time with Accutane can cause vitamin A toxicity. Vitamin A is necessary for growth of healthy hair. However, too much vitamin A can cause hair loss. Other signs of vitamin A toxicity include skin discoloration, bone pain, excessive skin dryness, skin peeling and poor vision due to dry eyes.

Accutane may also cause permanent hair loss, according to Accutane damages hair shafts and follicles. Most patients experience temporary hair loss while taking Accutane. However, some patients may continue to lose hair even after they stop taking Accutane. The doctor may prescribe medications such as minoxidil, finasteride, corticosteroids and Anthralin to stimulate hair regrowth.

Accutane may cause side effects such as joint pain, back pain, dizziness, dryness of the lips, eyes, mouth, nose and skin, red cracked and sore lips, nosebleeds, peeling skin, slowed healing of wounds, swollen or bleeding gums, sweating, flushing, fatigue, changes in the color of skin and nails, according to

Severe side effects of Accutane include depression, stroke, blurred vision, hearing loss, seizure, bone fractures and yellowing of the skin and eyes.

Patients require regular blood tests and liver function tests to ensure that Accutane does not cause problems.

Pregnant women should not take Accutane because it can cause severe birth defects. Women of childbearing age must agree in writing to use birth control.

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Have you or someone you know previously taken the acne medication Accutane or one if its generic equivalents? Many people who took Accutane suffer from serious gastrointestinal symptoms, specifically inflammatory bowel disease and related symptoms.

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Recent reports from Health Canada, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration, and well-documented medical research from highly respected medical journals have all drawn attention to the potentially dangerous side effects associated with using Accutane. In 2009, Accutane's manufacturer, Hoffmann-La Roche, indicated on its website that it had decided to discontinue the manufacture and distribution of Accutane in the United States due to rapidly declining product sales and an increasing number of personal injury claims being made.

To help Canadians who have been injured as a result of taking Accutane receive compensation, two Canadian law firms, Legate & Associates and Harrison Pensa LLP, have joined forces. The two firms are now accepting Canadian clients who have been diagnosed with inflammatory bowel disease as a result of their experience with Accutane or its generic equivalents.

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Roche's 2003 Accutane Warning Label:

Roche Accutane Warning Label 2003

Accutane (Isotretinoin) is a Vitamin A derivative known as a Retinoid which is sold under other pharmaceutical brand-names such as Amnesteen, Sotret, Roaccutane, Clarus, Oratane, Isotane, and Claravis. Accutane has been praised for being extremely useful as a treatment for severe, nodular forms of acne, but has been criticized for its inadequate labeling warning users and medical professionals about the drug's effects on the gastrointestinal tract. As a result, medical and legal controversy has emerged involving these potentially dangerous and debilitating side effects. The severity of these side effects has become the subject of litigation in the Canadian and United States' judicial systems where thousands of lawsuits have been filed against Hoffmann-La Roche (Roche).

The law firms, Legate & Associates and Harrison Pensa, believe that Roche and the generic drug companies did not adequately warn the public about the severity of Accutane's side effects and the severe harm it could do to a patient's health.

If you took Accutane and have since been diagnosed with inflammatory bowel disease, Crohn's disease, or ulcerative colitis, we want to help. Our team of experienced and highly skilled lawyers at both Legate & Associates and Harrison Pensa are dedicated to litigating claims for people who have been injured due to taking Accutane.

Please use the Contact Form to submit your experience to Legate & Associates, or send an email to We are offering FREE consultations.

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