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Can accutane cause depression after you stop using it ?

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LaurieShay 13 May 2011

Hey zippity,

There are reports of depression being associated with the use of accutane. The depression generally went away after discontinuing the treatment and re appeared upon resuming the medication. So it is kinda strange to have it after stopping this medication. I would consult the doctor concerning this condition. You may be having a delayed reaction.

Best wishes,

Laurie

DzooBaby 16 May 2011

There are reports of residual depression after discontinuing Accutane. I had two cousins, one on each side of the family, who commited suicide after taking Accutane. If you are feeling depressed after taking Accutane please get help. See a psychiatrist!!!

madhattersbash 17 May 2011

I had no problem at all--but then I was already in my mid-thirties when I first took it. For me, the result of finally having clear skin and non-oily scalp and hair was so great that I almost couldn't contain myself! I had had cystic acne on my face, chest and back since at least age 12... so Accutane was just an AMAZING drug therapy for me!
But, everyone is different--so please see your doctor about this!
Good luck to you, Mary, madhatter

Anonymous 17 May 2011

My friend Mary, is that why you have green hair??? haha! Sorry I couldn't resist! Feeling kind of frisky today!. Your friend,

madhattersbash 17 May 2011

Good one, Mary!! :)
Glad you are feeling so good!
Mary, madhatter

KeP29 13 Jul 2013

I've posted this elsewhere... but i wanted to spread the word for those who felt as hopeless as I did. I took accutane also, about 12 years ago. It caused a terrible, severe depression that didn't go away. I read and implemented the protocol in the book "Mood Cure" by Julia Ross. I've been able to get off of zoloft using her protocol (i used less amount of the amino acids than what she recommends though). To me, this feels like a miracle. But I suspect since accutane is known to damage the digestive tract, that I was unable to digest food well so that not enough neurotransmitters to be made, which made me very depressed, suicidally so. Highly, highly recommend the book!

bbsteve 2 Oct 2016

Beware Accutane! I took the drug about 10 years ago when in my early 50s after being reassured by a nurse practitioner that it was completely safe. She said that the link to depression was bunk and had been fully discredited. The course of Accutane did amazing things for my skin, but after a few weeks, I plunged into a deep depression. I had experienced one mild, brief depression about 10 years earlier when I got divorced, but this was severe and very scary. It felt bottomless and endless and came from out of the blue. Symptoms included extreme anxiety and a sense of unreality -- things I had never experienced before. Everything was going fine in my life at the time, so I am quite certain that Accutane was the cause. With antidepressants and therapy I recovered. Since then I have had a couple of mild to moderate episodes of depression and once went on Zoloft for a few months.

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