Accutane’s list of symptoms is notoriously long and scary. Rest assured, most of them occur rarely, but all users experience some of the tamer ones. Here’s a list of symptoms I experienced:

  • An eternally bloody nose
  • Dry, chapped lips
  • Dry skin (on the face, arms, and hands especially)
  • Frequent urination
  • Regular diarrhea
  • A cloudy mind
  • Aggravated anxiety
  • Tiredness
  • Less oily face and hair
  • Joint pain

Always tell your dermatologist about the symptoms you’re experiencing at your check-ins. They will let you know whether it’s safe for you to continue taking Accutane or not. Less common symptoms of Accutane include:

  • Birth defects (Reminder: Never take Accutane while pregnant!)
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Stomach or back pain
  • Suicidality
  • Bloody gums
  • Vision problems
  • Hearing problems
  • Hair loss
  • Shifts in behavior
  • Mood swings/changes in mental health
  • Depression
  • Headaches
  • Vomiting
  • Rectal Bleeding
  • Gastrointestinal disorders
  • Bone degradation/reduced bone density
  • Increased cholesterol

If you experience any of these, tell your dermatologist immediately. If you aren’t able to contact them, stop taking Accutane.


Disclaimer: I have done everything I can while researching Accutane to ensure the information I provide is accurate and relevant; however, I cannot guarantee that it will always be. I do not prescribe any course of action or diagnose patients. This material comes as a supplement to those seeking professional medical treatment and is not meant to replace a healthcare professional’s judgment or knowledge. I do not claim responsibility for any treatment conducted using materials on this website. I speak from personal experience only and do not imply that the use of a particular drug is appropriate for anyone but myself. Always consult your doctor if you have questions or concerns about your medication or health.