Monday, May 16, 2005

Clearing acne clears depression!

Again, whoda thunk it? You clear up a kids zits and he gets less depressed, not more!

Acne drug not linked to increased suicide risk
A recent study has found that the popular acne-fighting drug Accutane, which has been linked to birth defects, did not cause depression in a group of adolescents.
Accutane was one of five drugs cited by veteran Food and Drug Administration (FDA) scientist David Graham at a congressional hearing last year as approved drugs that ought to receive closer scrutiny.

The FDA is monitoring the drug to determine if it causes depression and suicide. The agency also ordered creation of a registry to ensure pregnant women, or women who may become pregnant, do not take it because of a risk of birth defects.

Roche's drug Accutane, is also sold in generic versions as isotretenoin.

In the study Accutane was given to 59 patients and it was found that their overall incidence of depression declined.