Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Acne Drug Widely 'Overused' Says UK Dermatologist

December 12, 2012
By Dr. Mercola

Story at-a-glance

  • The acne drug Roaccutane (generic name, isotretinoin, and formerly sold as Accutane in the United States) is meant to be used as a last resort for severe acne, but is often prescribed for even mild cases.
  • Drug maker Roche, the former manufacturer of Accutane, has paid out millions due to lawsuits over the drug causing inflammatory bowel disease.
  • Accutane is also linked to depression and suicide, and is so toxic during pregnancy that it carries a Category X warning label from the FDA; women must take two pregnancy tests and consent to using two forms of contraception before receiving the drug.
  • The root cause of acne is most likely not bacteria or genetics, but environmental factors—particularly your diet; dietary changes, especially eliminating sugars, fructose and grains, are often very effective at resolving acne naturally.

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