I'd like to hear from any out there that have had, or are dealing with depression secondary to Accutane use.
My story (brief):
A few years back, I did two trials of Accutane; the second was a year after, because I had some acne coming back. The dose was higher, and I eventually stopped at around 3 months because of some untolerable side effects (extremely dry eyes).
Shortly after stopping the second dose, I started to have extreme mood swings, depression, and became generally un-social. I evetually saw my physician, and a psychologist, and was diagnosed with depression.
I was put on Effexor, 150mg/ daily, and it worked wonders. I mean, it REALLY worked. That was last November, 2004. Currently, I am being weened off the Effexor via a temp dose of Prozac (standard), and will be off anti-depressants by the middle of Oct.
During this time, I had questioned my physician and psychologist about permanent effects of Accutane on mental health, but I couldn't get any answers.
I did find a study on the internet that was done by the ESU neuro science dept regarding PET scans and Accutane use, and had positive findings regarding decreased frontal lobe activity and Accutane use.
What I'd like to hear, though, is from others here.