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For many years now there has been controversy regarding accutane causing depression. Although accutane or isotretinoin is a miracle drug for patients who struggle with severe acne, many prescribers have worried about the possible connection between it and depression. A resent screening of 172 studies published between the inception of isotretinoin and September 2016, however, did not show an association between them.
Yu-Chen Haung, M.D., of the Department of Dermatology at Taipei Medical University, stated that the “incidence of depression declined after isotretinoin use and depressive symptoms improved for most patients with acne. Although individual susceptibility to isotretinoin cannot be ruled out, the available evidence suggests that patients with nodulcystic acne can safely be treated with isotretion without increasing the risk of depression.” Dr Haung and colleagues also suggested that a few studies described an increase in newly developing depression during treatments with either isotretinoin or antibiotics, depression may be associated with acne independent of the treatment method. She also said to closely monitor patients with acne for depression symptoms and identify those who are higher risk.
This study was published in the June 2017 Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology.
To read more information on the study, click the link below.
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