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A 37-year-old member asked:

how severe are the side effects of using isotretinoin?

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Dr. Cheryl Levin
Dermatology 16 years experience
Depends: Common side effects of Isotretinoin for the treatment of acne include dryness of mouth and nose, eye irritation and sun sensitivity. Most people tolerate these side effects okay. However, there is a risk of more severe side effects, such as birth defects, severe muscle pain and a possible link to depression and suicide. See a dermatologist for more complete discussion.
Dr. Michael Fisher
Dermatology 32 years experience
Isotretinoin: The most common side effects are dry mucous membranes, photosensitivity, major birth defects and joint pain. Rare serious side effects include: pseudotumor cerebri, premature epiphyseal closure, pancreatitis, psychosis, anemia, suicidality, visual disturbance, hepatoxicity, aggression and others. Blood work is drawn every month and if side effects occur the med is stopped.

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