Accutane is a strictly prescription medication used for the treatment of moderate to severe acne. While most people should stay away of this product due to the serious and harmful side effects, there are many cases of less scrupulous doctors prescribing Accutane for light cases of acne. The problem with this lies in the fact that some doctors are given incentives by the pharmaceutical companies to push certain products regardless of the side effects and negative consequences for the patient. Independent reviews are always the best source of information and that is why our team took a close look at Accutane and its effectiveness as an acne treatment.
Accutane (isotretinoin) use has been associated with a number of cases of pseudotumor cerebri (benign intracranial hypertension), some of which involved concomitant use of tetracyclines. Concomitant treatment with tetracyclines should therefore be avoided. Early signs and symptoms of pseudotumor cerebri include papilledema, headache, nausea and vomiting, and visual disturbances. Patients with these symptoms should be screened for papilledema and, if present, they should be told to discontinue Accutane (isotretinoin) immediately and be referred to a neurologist for further diagnosis and care (see ADVERSE REACTIONS : Neurological).