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Review: could Accutane cause Weight gain?

We study 27,781 people who have side effects while taking Accutane from FDA and social media. Among them, 467 have Weight gain. Find out below who they are, when they have Weight gain and more.

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Accutane

Accutane (latest outcomes from 28,331 users) has active ingredients of isotretinoin. It is often used in acne.

Weight gain

Weight gain (latest reports from 527,626 patients) has been reported by people with depression, high blood pressure, bipolar disorder, pain, high blood cholesterol.

On Aug, 11, 2014: 27,778 people reported to have side effects when taking Accutane. Among them, 467 people (1.68%) have Weight Gain. They amount to 0.09% of all the 527,393 people who have Weight Gain on eHealthMe.

Trend of Weight gain in Accutane reports

Time on Accutane when people have Weight gain * :

< 1 month1 - 6 months6 - 12 months1 - 2 years2 - 5 years5 - 10 years10+ years
Weight gain18.43%69.02%6.08%3.53%2.35%0.00%0.59%

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

FemaleMale
Weight gain60.46%39.54%

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

0-12-910-1920-2930-3940-4950-5960+
Weight gain0.00%0.00%50.29%36.63%9.74%1.16%1.45%0.73%

Severity of Weight gain when taking Accutane ** :

leastmoderateseveremost severe
Weight gain0.00%33.33%66.67%0.00%

How people recovered from Weight gain ** :

while on the drugafter off the drugnot yet
Weight gain50.00%0.00%50.00%

Top conditions involved for these people * :

  1. Acne (220 people, 47.11%)
  2. Seasonal allergy (25 people, 5.35%)
  3. Asthma (18 people, 3.85%)
  4. Depression (12 people, 2.57%)
  5. Autoimmune hepatitis (12 people, 2.57%)

Top co-used drugs for these people * :

  1. Ortho tri-cyclen (113 people, 24.20%)
  2. Zantac (51 people, 10.92%)
  3. Zoloft (33 people, 7.07%)
  4. Advil (32 people, 6.85%)
  5. Benzaclin (26 people, 5.57%)

* Approximation only. Some reports may have incomplete information.

** Reports from social media are used.

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  • From this study (6 hours ago):

  • No weight problems until started taking the pravastatin and the levothyroxine
    , started both meds same time

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  • From this study (23 hours ago):

  • Acne isn't severe in that it is vast, but what I do get is large spots that resemble whiteheads, but deep beneath the surface. They stick around for months without ever changing or coming to a head. Sometimes they itch.

    My idea of severe weight gain: 25lbs in 6 weeks.

    Reply

  • From this study (4 days ago):

  • Took synthroid after birth of daugther, 12 years ago. Eventually came off synthroid while takine kelp and selenium. Joint aches and pains, especially knees and elbows. TSH 4.22, which has doubled since starting methotrexate.

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