I have recently been diagnosed with hypothyroidism (6/03). I was on accutane (80mg/day) for the entire year of 2000. I am searching for answers on if this could be related. I was also on Adoxa 200mg/day for acne from 1/02 until 3/03. After I stopped the Adoxa I started having health problems (being tired, no motivation, etc). So now I take Synthroid but it doesnt seem to help but the TSH levels are now in the "normal" range. Answers PLEASE!!!!
You know, it really bugs me when lawyers get involved in these kind of health debates.
My son was on roaccutane for around 9months - it made such improvement to his condition. Before agreeing to this treatment we had to do lots of reading and we were warned about side effects etc etc, but we took the opportunity - sons decision.
I have had numerous health problems - but I dont look to blame anyone unless there is outright negligence involved. Sometimes things just happen. Soon it will get so that people wil not develop new treatments because there is always the risk that someone will be negatively affected - even though thousands might benefit.
Accutane was also great for my skin. My family and I looked into all of the health precautions that accutane listed when I took it in 1996 and in 1999. It did wonders for my skin.
What Accutane did not warn me about was how it would affect my glands and my internal organs. I had to quit the second batch early becuase my dermatologist was failing to listen to my symptoms. I am using a lawyer to further research what I believe could be side effect of the drug that is not listed as a precaution. Take a look at some of the boards on accutane and you may find that many people believe there is outright negligence involved.
Find the root of the problem and fix it from there. Better to treat the problem than the symptoms.
Maybe the Drs in Australia are more cautious but my son had to have extensive blood tests before starting - focussing on the liver becasue thats where damage can happen, told about problems with exercise and joint pain, etc etc. After 2 months on treatment he then had to have another full liver screen and muscle testing etc etc and the same every 2 months. Females are required to take birth control pills before the specialist can prescribe the drug.
Only specialist dermatologists can prescribe the drug and they can only do this after the patient has undergone a 6 months trial of antibiotics. The scripts themselves come from Canberra ('capital of Australia). The dr cant just write the script on a whim.
We knew he was taking a powerful drug. We were told the risks, the makers of the drug provide extensive material. We knew there was talk of suicide etc etc, we were told what to watch out for. There was full disclosure by everyone including the manufacturers.
Maybe this doesnt happen anywhere else? Obviosuly it should - if it doesnt then the makers arent at fault but the Drs who withhold full disclosure - the dermatologist in this case. If there is an interaction because of a previous condition, then this is not good, but you have to look at whether or not this could have been predicted - or whether there is negligence (ie the makers with held this) and that would be the lawyers job I guess.
I am 47 and as a teen, I just knew that smoking was bad for my health - simple logic would tell me this. So now, we are getting people of my age suing the tobacco companies because they withheld this info. I say, take this responsobility on yourself - no-one made people smoke, blowing tar into your lungs was never going to do any good so dont blame the tobacco companies for your own actions.