Originally Posted by Arethusa
Depression, mood swings, borderline bipolar, etc. The list is very long, and that's just mental side effects. Physically, it does a lot of very bad things to you too.
My parents had the same impression, so we tried various antibiotics and switched doctors a few times. Three dermatologists plus my GP said that the side effects are overstated.
Personally, I haven't experienced anything worse than dry skin, which is easily controlled with some aftershave balm. As far as the psychological effects go, almost all of it is dependent on prior history.
Plus, I'm not saying that every 15 year old with a pimple should get on Accutane. However, for someone like me with fairly severe back acne, it's decidedly worth it.