For 30 years, the prescription drug Accutane has been prescribed to millions of people around the nation to treat moderate to severe acne. However, the pharmaceutical product was recently discontinued in 2009 after it was linked to a number of serious side effects including birth defects, Crohns disease, inflammatory bowel disease, and ulcerative colitis. If you are taking Accutane, there are a number of activities you should make sure to avoid.
Like many prescription drugs, Accutane causes changes in the persons body. These changes also mean you have to make some changes with your lifestyle or with activities you choose to participate in. Continuing to partake in these activities could put the user at severe risk of an injury.
What to Avoid
If you are currently taking Accutane, you need to know how the drug affects your body. Some activities you should avoid if you are on Accutane include the following:
* Spending large amount of time in the sun This includes sunbathing or even going to tanning beds. Those on Accutane can be very sensitive to ultraviolet radiation; therefore, exposure to sunlight or UV rays for a long time could increase the chance of skin cancer.
* Procedures that damage your skin This includes anything from waxing to laser treatments or even microdermabrasion. Because Accutane increase the chance of suffering scars, any of these procedures can be very damaging.
* Driving at night In low lighting, Accutane can reportedly cause impaired vision. This could greatly increase the risk of an accident at night.
Along with these side effects, you may also suffer serious, life-altering consequences if you develop Crohns disease or any other inflammatory bowel disease. To learn more about your case and whether or not you are eligible to take legal action against these pharmaceutical companies, contact an attorney and pursue an Accutane lawsuit.