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12 November 2010

Severe acne raises suicide risk

Severe acne may significantly increase suicide risk, and patients taking isotretinoin for acne should be monitored for at least a year after treatment ends, researchers report.

Severe acne may significantly increase suicide risk, and patients taking isotretinoin (Accutane) for the skin condition should be monitored for at least a year after treatment ends, Swedish researchers report.

The risk of suicide is very small, Sundstrom stressed. There could be one suicide attempt among 2,300 people taking Accutane, and that assumes that the drug caused the suicide attempt, he said.

 

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