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Side Effects of Zenatane

With Zenatane, potentially serious side effects, such as suicidal thoughts, seizures, and severe diarrhea, are possible. If you develop reactions like these while taking this acne medication, contact your healthcare provider right away. Other possible problems that may occur with this medicine include fatigue, nausea, and headaches.

An Introduction to Side Effects of Zenatane

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

Serious Zenatane Side Effects

Some side effects of Zenatane should be reported immediately to your healthcare provider. These potential reactions 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
  • 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 or toxic epidermal necrolysis
  • 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
  • Broken bones, which may be a sign of thinning bones (osteoporosis)
  • Any vision changes
  • Changes in blood sugar
  • 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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