Harvard Mental Health Letter
Questions & Answers: Does Accutane cause depression?
Q. Does the acne drug, isotretinoin (Accutane), cause depression and suicide, or are psychiatric risks from the Accutane side effects exaggerated? A. The debate about the safety of isotretinoin (Accutane) parallels the debate about the safety of antidepressant drugs — huge benefits versus what some think are serious risks. A chemical derivative of vitamin A (retinol), isotretinoin is a wonder drug for the treatment of severe acne. It cuts the output of the sebaceous glands, source of