Patients' perceptions of isotretinoin, depression and suicide: results from a qualitative study

Royal Australian College of General Practitioners
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Australian family physician, 2005, 34 (9), pp. 795 - 797
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BACKGROUND Isotretinoin is an effective acne medication. The evidence for it causing depression and suicide, although widely publicised, remains uncertain. METHODS Twenty-six semi-structured interviews with patients with acne were coded and subjected to thematic analysis. RESULTS Isotretinoin was perceived to be effective but dangerous. The most well known adverse effects were depression and suicide.
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