Posted by max
on November 27, 2000 at 13:45:35:
In Reply to: Re: This is ridiculous. posted by Gene on November 27, 2000 at 12:12:50:
The story of the congressmans son (and many others) is normal person a bit depressed/not happy due to acne takes accutane and a few weeks/months later committs suicide - I have first hand experience of this. All I wish was that everyuone was totally aware and was closely monitored for the side effects - keep the drug, but increase the monitoring. I suppose the reason for not stressing the suicide bit is that monitoring is required which makes it more expensive which will result in less sales and thus less profit for Roche.
I'm not familiar with the story of the Congressman's son, but as someone who's been on Accutane several times and been around and dealt with depression, I am pro-Accutane. Accutane is not a miracle drug. It always clears me up, until I stop using it, and then my acne slowly returns. And it is the acne returning that always hurts my self-esteem and gets me depressed, not the drug itself. I think, this is the best drug available and it's not working, I'm cursed. At least it is comforting to know that if my acne gets too bad again, I can always go back on Acutane and at least get cleared up temporarily.