Accutane Lawyers

Accutane, also known by its generic name of isotretinoin, is one of the most commonly prescribed medications in the United States for acne treatment. Unfortunately, there are harmful side effects that can result from its use that can result in lasting health problems for individuals taking this drug. Accutane has been taken off of the market by the manufacturer Roche following a series of lawsuits in July of 2009, but many victims of Accutane side effects are still dealing with the problems created by this medication.

This medication is a synthetic and powerful form of vitamin A, which has been known to be toxic in large doses. While Accutane was originally meant to only treat cases of acne that did not respond to other drugs, some doctors have been found to be prescribing it for modest cases that exposed patients to dangerous side effects unnecessarily.

Some side effects of Accutane are permanent, and continue to afflict people after they have stopped taking the drug. These conditions can require a lifetime of costly visits to the doctor, high medical bills, and physical and emotional damage. These side effects can include:

  • Alopecia, or hair loss
  • Inflammatory bowel syndrome
  • Poor night vision and dry eyes
  • Dry skin
  • Stunted growth, especially with regard to height
  • Depression that may even lead to suicide

Another serious effect of Accutane is that it can lead to birth defects when taken by pregnant mothers. Babies can be born with missing or deformed ears, vision and hearing problems, and mental retardation.

Due to the many health issues victims of Accutane side effects have encountered, many people have opted to consult attorneys experienced in pharmaceutical lawsuits to receive compensation. Since a person that has taken Accutane may have to have medical treatments, expensive prescriptions, and consultations with doctors their whole life, they may be entitled to be compensated for these expenses. Additionally, compensation may be obtained for lost wages from time taken off of work to deal with these problems, as well as for the physical and emotional damages that result from these severe side effects.

In many cases, patients took Accutane without being fully aware of these potential side effects. Roche only notified the public of them after the medication had been available for some time, although the company was aware of the risks. An attorney's role in helping victims to file Accutane lawsuits is to prove that the patients were not adequately informed of the information Roche was privy to, and to establish that these patients should receive compensation for the various problems the medication has caused them. Previous lawsuits against Roche have been successful in obtaining compensation for victims; in one case, a sufferer of Crohn's disease was awarded $25 million. It is therefore extremely important that victims of Accutane side effects contact an Accutane lawyer for a free consultation immediately, so that they can receive the compensation they deserve.

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