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- Patients' perceptions of isotretinoin, depression and suicide--a qualitative study
- 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. DISCUSSION: The overemphasis of serious psychological adverse events in patients might discourage the use of isotretinoin by those who might benefit from it.
- Australian Family Physician Vol. 34, no. 9, p. 795-7
- Australian College of General Practitioners
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- journal article