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Isotretinoin, depression and suicide: a review of the evidence

Overview of attention for article published in British Journal of General Practice, January 1970
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  • In the top 5% of all research outputs scored by Altmetric
  • High Attention Score compared to outputs of the same age (99th percentile)
  • High Attention Score compared to outputs of the same age and source (97th percentile)

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9 news outlets
blogs
2 blogs
twitter
13 tweeters
facebook
1 Facebook page
wikipedia
6 Wikipedia pages
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1 Google+ user

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Title
Isotretinoin, depression and suicide: a review of the evidence
Published in
British Journal of General Practice, January 1970
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Authors

Parker Magin, Dimity Pond, Wayne Smith, Magin P, Pond D, Smith W

Abstract

There is currently considerable controversy regarding a proposed causal relationship between the use of isotretinoin and depression and suicide. A search was made of the MEDLINE, EMBASE and PsychINFO databases using the search terms 'isotretinoin', 'depression' and 'suicide'. Despite numerous case reports linking isotretinoin to depression, suicidal ideation and suicide, there is, as yet, no clear proof of an association. While isotretinoin, used to treat acne vulgaris, has not been demonstrated to be associated with depression or suicide, the possibility of a relatively rare idiosyncratic adverse effect remains. GPs have a role in the clinical application of these findings.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Colombia 2 2%
Australia 2 2%
Czechia 1 1%
Unknown 88 95%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Bachelor 28 30%
Student > Master 12 13%
Researcher 8 9%
Student > Ph. D. Student 7 8%
Student > Postgraduate 4 4%
Other 15 16%
Unknown 19 20%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 44 47%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 6 6%
Psychology 6 6%
Nursing and Health Professions 3 3%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 3 3%
Other 10 11%
Unknown 21 23%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 106. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 15 March 2022.
All research outputs
#301,738
of 21,446,675 outputs
Outputs from British Journal of General Practice
#116
of 4,130 outputs
Outputs of similar age
#1,314
of 142,763 outputs
Outputs of similar age from British Journal of General Practice
#2
of 45 outputs
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