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Acne drug ‘not linked to suicide’

A popular acne drug does not appear to increase the risk of suicide, experts said today.

Doubts have been cast over isotretinoin after a 2007 study suggested it could cause severedepression and lead to suicidal thoughts.

New research on more than 5,700 people published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) found the drug alone does not appear to increase the risk.

The authors of today's study, from the Karolinska Institute in Sweden, said the increased risk after starting isotretinoin may be because patients whose acne improved following treatment were distraught if there was no improvement in their social life.

However, they called for close monitoring of patients with severe acne.

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