years there have been many reports on acne, depression and in the most serious
of cases, suicide. This is mostly
because of a treatment for severe acne, isotretinoin (Accutane), which is known
to increase the risk of depression and suicide.
done following 5756 people in Sweden from 1980-2001, before, during and after Accutane
treatment for severe acne. Admissions to
the hospital for suicide attempts were increased in patients during and for up
to six months after completion of Accutane treatment.
after Accutane treatment and for the next 12 years following, attempted suicide
rates were back to normal levels, showing the treatment didn't seem to have
permanent effects. The results showed that it would take 2300 people treated
with Accutane for 6 months to result in one additional first suicide attempt.
In addition, the effect of Accutane on suicide attempts seemed to be stronger
in women than for men, and the risk was higher among women who received two or
more treatment courses. This could be because young women are more concerned
about their appearance and disfiguring acne than young men.
to suicide, there are other additional side affects linked to Accutane, these
being cholesterol and vitamin D deficiencies. Accutane has been found to be a cause of
increased cholesterol, LDL and triglycerides in several studies.
studies have shown that Accutane leads to an improvement in anxiety and
depression due to a clearing up of a patients disfiguring acne. This is still
quite rare and it is still better to use a safe alternative treatment for acne.
Topical treatments are the best, and one which works
in 80% of its patients is Aknicare. In a recent study it was tested against
Duac where it proved to be more effective, click here to read the clinical
study. It is also a very effective alternative to Accutane but without the
risky side effects. The key products in the range (Aknicare lotion and Aknicare
cream) are available on prescription or can be purchased on-line through the UK