The 28 subjects then underwent psychological tests to ensure that they were not suffering with depression.
The next stage involved administering to the 28 subjects either Accutane or an antibiotic for four months.
After the 4 months, the subjects underwent a second brain scan which was then compared to their original scan before they were given accutane or an antibiotic.
The results of the study clearly indicated that those subjects who were given the accutane drug were showing signs of decreased activity in the area of the brain that is associated with regulating mood.
“What we can say is that Accutane affects brain function… and the areas that are affected are the areas involved with depression,” said Dr. J. Douglas Bremner, who led the research project at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta.
What are the side effects?
Any general practitioner or dermatologist who prescribe accutane have a patient obligation to disclose adverse events, unfortunately, this is not case today. Many patients discover the side effects only after they have received permanent injuries which many have to live with for the rest of their lives.
On the following page there is a list of the known side effects (note: many & the rest of their lives):
Possible side effects include:
- IBD Inflammatory Bowel Disease
- Crohn’s Disease
- Suicidal thoughts or actions