Teen blames acne drug for severe depression

Emma Fox at one of her 'lowest' points, she said she was confused about why she felt so low Credit: ITV Central

A teenager who was hospitalised with depression after taking an acne drug has fought her way back to health. Nine months after she started taking RoAccutane, Emma Fox collapsed and was left bed-ridden for weeks

The company that makes the drug insists there is no definitive link between it and severe mood swings. But Emma and her mother say it should no longer be prescribed

Emma Fox says the last four years of her life have been hell, she blames the drug RoAccutane which she took to treat her acne.

Within weeks she began to notice a change in her moods.

Her mother Caroline also became concerned for Emma's wellbeing, those worries were confirmed when she read a passage in a journal written by her daughter.

Emma was hospitalised for weeks after collapsing at school Credit: ITV Central

In September 2009 Emma from Nottinghamshire collapsed at school and was rushed to hospital. For the next nine months she was bed-ridden and had to be fed through a tube, a time she can barely remember.

RoAccutane is a powerful drug that is used to treat severe acne Credit: ITV Central

Eventually Emma was treated for depression at a hospital in Staffordshire, there specialists told her that the part of her brain that produces serotonin, a hormone that regulates moods had been destroyed. So conventional anti-depressants were making her more suicidal.

Emma recovered and went on to re-take her GCSEs Credit: ITV Central

Gradually Emma began to recover and this year she re-took her GCSEs at Lincoln College, achieving four A* and and A. But Emma and her mother now want to warn others of what they say are the dangers in taking RoAccutane.

Emma's mum Caroline believes the acne drug should be banned Credit: ITV Central

In a statement Roche the company that makes the drug told Central News:

Emma hopes her message will reach people experiencing the same as she did Credit: ITV Central

Emma is now planning to write a book about her experiences and has this message for others currently facing what she went through.