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Amnesteem Side Effects

If you develop severe diarrhea, feelings of worthlessness, or other potentially serious side effects while taking Amnesteem, let your healthcare provider know right away. Problems such as these may require immediate medical treatment. Fortunately, most people tolerate this drug well. Some of the other possible side effects include fatigue, nausea, and headaches.

An Overview of Side Effects of Amnesteem

Just like any medicine, Amnesteem® (isotretinoin) can cause side effects. However, not everyone who takes the medication will have problems. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well. If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or are treated easily by you or your healthcare provider. However, very serious reactions are possible, which is one of the reasons why this medication is reserved for use in severe cases of acne that have not responded to other treatments.
(This article covers many, but not all, of the possible Amnesteem side effects. Your healthcare provider can discuss a more complete list with you.)

Serious Amnesteem Side Effects

Some side effects of Amnesteem are potentially serious and should be reported immediately to your healthcare provider. These include but are not limited to:
  • Signs of psychiatric changes, such as:
    • Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, or helplessness
    • Loss of pleasure or interest in activities
    • A sad mood
    • Hopelessness
    • Fatigue
    • Difficulty concentrating
    • Changes in sleep pattern
    • Changes in weight or appetite
    • Suicidal thoughts or attempts
    • Restlessness or irritability
    • Acting on dangerous impulses
    • Hallucinations or delusions
  • Ringing of the ears (tinnitus) or hearing loss
  • Signs of liver damage, such as:
    • Yellowing of the whites of the eyes or skin (jaundice)
    • Upper-right abdominal (stomach) pain
    • High liver enzymes (found using a blood test)
  • Broken bones, which may be a sign of thinning bones (osteoporosis)
  • Any vision changes
  • Changes in blood sugar
  • A rash with blisters or with sores in the mouth or throat, especially if skin peeling occurs, as this may be a sign of potentially life-threatening problems known as Stevens-Johnson syndrome and toxic epidermal necrolysis
    • Vision or speech changes
    • Weakness or numbness in an arm or leg
    • Severe headache
  • Signs of an allergic reaction, such as:
    • An unexplained rash
    • Hives
    • Itching
    • Unexplained swelling (especially of the lips, mouth, or throat)
    • Wheezing or other breathing problems.

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