I took Accutane in 1992. I already having inflammatory bowel disease and had all the major side affects from the drug. I also came down with leukemia. Could they be connected?
Accutane is not known to cause leukemia, but you can never be certain.
The known hematologic side effects have included anemia, increased erythrocyte sedimentation rate, leukopenia, thrombocytopenia, neutropenia, and rare reports of agranulocytosis. Laboratory side effects have included decreases in red blood cell parameters, decreases in white blood cell counts, and elevated platelet counts.
It is highly doubtful that Accutane could cause such severe and life threatening problems. Accutane has been used for a long time (I used it in my early teen years and it was the only thing that helped my severe acne. I am now almost 35 years old). Accutane is essentially a very potent source of vitamin A and the usual side effects, which I also experienced, are extreme dryness of the skin and lips. The same thing would happen if a person consumed a diet that was this high in vitamin A. Since vitamin A is a powerful antioxidant (disease fighter), it makes sense that it might temporarily cause an increase in red blood cells, etc in the user. However, this has never been linked to cancers of any kind, at least I have never heard of any connection and I've studied nutrition for years now. IBS can have many causes, but once again I know of no association between that and the use of Accutane.
The only thing I do know is that extremely high doses of vitamin A can cause severe birth defects in a woman who becomes pregnant during use of the medication. For this reason, doctors prescribing Accutane usually require a monthly blood test to check for possible pregnancy during the course of treatment.
I hope you find some answers as to the cause of your conditions and best wishes to you for a full recovery.
I am 29 and took accutane when I was in my teen years and when I was 23 I was diagnosed with CML (leukemia). I have no family history of any sort of cancer. I have been told by others that there is a link but of course can't prove it. If I could I would be a rich man due to the massive lawsuit I would file.
My mother took accutane in '93 and was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma in 2004. She died in 2007 at only 56 years old. Unfortunately they do seem to be at least anecdotally connected. Perhaps we should start a class action.
My husband took accutane in high school and was just recently diagnosed with CML. He’s 20 years old. I’ve noticed a lot of people with no history of leukemia have been diagnosed and all they have in common is taking accutane...
I took accurate around 2001/2002 in high school. In 2014 at age 26 I was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. I was the “healthiest person everyone knew.” We are still blown away. I am in remission after a long life threatening fight and an emergent stem cell transplant.
I’m wondering about this too. My husband took accutane in high school, has been the healthiest person anyone knows, was in the best shape of his life this year at age 36 and was diagnosed with ALL leukemia and died of a brain bleed within hours of his first dose of chemo. He wasn’t into meds and we married young and have Always been very natural, accutane is the only medication he’d ever taken besides antibiotics. Who knows maybe delayed reaction from a childhood vaccine. We will never know I guess.
I took accutane in 2018. Was diagnosed with leukemia in 2019. No previous health issues, no history of cancer in my family, never took meds other than accutane. Every part of me believes accutane triggered this.
I had the drug twice as a teenager for acne (it never really worked). Was diagnosed with ALL leukemia at 18 in 2000. Only crossed my mind this evening for some reason to look into this and i found this thread! I'm astounded!
How long did you take accutane for?
How long were you other people on accutane? A few months? Year?
I took accutane twice: once at age 23 then again at age 29. I am now 50 years old and was just diagnosed with multiple myeloma. There is no cancer in my family.
- Accutane Information for Consumers
- Accutane Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Accutane (detailed)
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