It appears you have not yet Signed Up with our community. To Sign Up for free, please click here....

Depression Message Board

Accutane-Induced Depression?

Post New Thread   Closed Thread
LinkBack Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 09-24-2005, 10:03 PM   #1
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Alberta, Canada
Posts: 2
Konamatic HB User
Accutane-Induced Depression?

Hello all!

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.


Sponsors Lightbulb
Old 09-25-2005, 02:38 PM   #2
Junior Member
Join Date: Sep 2005
Posts: 14
HeidiUK HB User
Re: Accutane-Induced Depression?


I have had this drug 3 times (here it is known as Roaccutane, but is the same I think) once age 16, again at 19 and last year at 23. I can honestly say that I felt no worsening of my depression during any of the treatments- in fact I credit it with getting me out of the black hole I was in for all of my teenage years, spent feeling ugly and worthless because of the acne: these self esteem issues are a major contributing factor to my depression. I finished my last course in february, my skin is good now but the psychological effects of having acne for so many years remain. However, my brother, who also suffers with depression and anxiety, did seem to have bad mood swings when he was on Roaccutane, which lessened after stopping it. Again he suffered depression before this and the problem is it is hard to know whether patients get depressed because of the drug or because of the psychological effects of living with severe acne. I would say speak to your doctor about it and see what you can research about the long-term effects, I don't think much is known about this. There are also probably other contributing factors to your depression, as well as the possible effects of the drug.

Old 09-25-2005, 03:53 PM   #3
Senior Member
Join Date: Sep 2005
Posts: 103
hybridelements HB User
Re: Accutane-Induced Depression?

i'm gonna take it soon,i hope it doesnt worsen my condition...

Old 09-30-2005, 06:18 PM   #4
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Alberta, Canada
Posts: 2
Konamatic HB User
Re: Accutane-Induced Depression?

Bump for those that haven't seen this thread.

Closed Thread

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Board Replies Last Post
to all accutane users! bimbotica Acne 13 09-05-2011 08:53 AM
Accutane Thread! Tips/stories Anything Accutane Related Accutane Dude Acne 47 11-12-2010 06:44 AM
Low Dose Accutane LowTane Acne 250 02-09-2010 08:44 PM
La and Al's Accutane Support Group allibear Acne 40 02-25-2006 10:35 AM
accutane? kta Acne 102 11-10-2004 07:20 PM
Some accutane questions! kta Acne 20 10-26-2004 04:25 PM
regreting taking accutane...please read idealist1976 Acne 20 07-15-2004 04:57 PM
need to get accutane out of liver? noaccutane Liver & Pancreas Disorders 7 03-23-2004 04:21 PM
If you're thinking of accutane, PLEASE READ noaccutane Acne 10 02-24-2004 01:23 PM
The ACCUTANE - DIET connection SweetJade1 Acne 9 08-30-2003 08:21 PM

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Sign Up Today!

Ask our community of thousands of members your health questions, and learn from others experiences. Join the conversation!

I want my free account

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 03:40 AM.

Site owned and operated by HealthBoards.comô
© 1998-2018 HealthBoards.comô All rights reserved.
Do not copy or redistribute in any form!