Review: could Accutane cause Weight Gain?


Summary

Weight gain is found among people who take Accutane, especially for people who are female, 10-19 old , have been taking the drug for 1 - 6 months, also take medication Ortho Tri-Cyclen, and have Acne . We study 29,958 people who have side effects while taking Accutane from FDA and social media. Among them, 482 have Weight gain. Find out below who they are, when they have Weight gain and more.

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Accutane

Accutane has active ingredients of isotretinoin. It is often used in acne. (latest outcomes from Accutane 30,221 users)

Weight Gain

Weight gain has been reported by people with breathing difficulty, oedema peripheral, memory loss, fatigue, dizziness (latest reports from 82,979 Weight gain patients).

On Aug, 23, 2016

29,958 people reported to have side effects when taking Accutane.
Among them, 482 people (1.61%) have Weight Gain


Number of reports submitted per year:

Could Accutane cause Weight gain?

Time on Accutane when people have Weight Gain *:

  • < 1 month: 12.26 %
  • 1 - 6 months: 69.35 %
  • 6 - 12 months: 9.03 %
  • 1 - 2 years: 4.52 %
  • 2 - 5 years: 3.55 %
  • 5 - 10 years: 0.0 %
  • 10+ years: 1.29 %

Gender of people who have Weight Gain when taking Accutane *:

  • female: 67.92 %
  • male: 32.08 %

Age of people who have Weight Gain when taking Accutane *:

  • 0-1: 0.0 %
  • 2-9: 0.0 %
  • 10-19: 42.2 %
  • 20-29: 36.47 %
  • 30-39: 13.99 %
  • 40-49: 2.52 %
  • 50-59: 2.29 %
  • 60+: 2.52 %

Severity if Weight Gain when taking Accutane **:

  • least: 0.0 %
  • moderate: 33.33 %
  • severe: 66.67 %
  • most severe: 0.0 %

How people recovered from Weight Gain **:

  • while on drug: 50 %
  • after off the drug: 0.0 %
  • not yet: 50 %

Top conditions involved for these people *:

  • Acne (154 people)
  • Acne Cystic (13 people)
  • Headache (12 people)
  • Asthma (12 people)
  • Depression (7 people)

Top co-used drugs for these people *:

  • Ortho Tri-Cyclen (58 people)
  • Zoloft (25 people)
  • Zantac (16 people)
  • Advil (16 people)
  • Tylenol (15 people)

* Approximation only. Some reports may have incomplete information.

** Reports from social media are used.

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