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accutane2Accutane Ulcerative Colitis

Accutane, manufactured by Roche, is a prescription drug used to treat severe nodular acne.  Isotretinoin, the generic form, is marketed by other companies under the names Amnesteem, Claravis, Clarus, Decutan, Isotane, Izotek, Oratane, Sotret, Isotrex, and Isotrexin.  Accutane has been associated with a number of side effects including headaches, blurred vision, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, seizures, stroke, diarrhea, depression, and suicide.  Recent studies have linked the acne drug to an induced Accutane Crohn’s disease and Accutane Ulcerative Colitis collectively known as inflammatory bowel disease that has contributed to an Accutane Recall Lawsuit.   An induced Accutane Ulcerative Colitis generates inflammation and ulcers in the lining of the rectum and colon where cells have been killed which then bleed and produce a discharge.  Frequently this disruption of cellular material causes a continued diarrhea associated with Accutane Ulcerative Colitis

Symptoms of Accutane Ulcerative Colitis

 Common symptoms include: bloody diarrhea, rectal bleeding, abdominal cramping, and an urgent need to go to the bathroom.  On the other hand, an induced Accutane Crohn’s disease differs from an induced Accutane Ulcerative Colitis in that Crohn’s is a deeper inflammation that can spread through the digestive system including the small intestine, mouth, esophagus, and stomach.  Common symptoms of Crohn’s disease include:  abdominal cramping and diarrhea.  Inflammatory bowel disease generates a higher risk of colon cancer than is observed in the general population.  This disease is an autoimmune disease that causes the body’s own immune system to attack the gastrointestinal system causing inflammation (swelling) and can lead to intestinal blockage.

Accutane Crohn’s Disease

The FDA has required Roche to change their warning label many times since it was put on the market in 1982.  The newest warning involves an induced Accutane Ulcerative Colitis and induced Accutane Crohn’s disease.  The FDA Accutane warning label says: “Accutane has been associated with inflammatory bowel disease (including regional ileitis) in patients without prior history of intestinal disorders.  In some instances, symptoms have been reported to persist after Accutane treatment has been stopped.  Patients experiencing abdominal pain, rectal bleeding or severe diarrhea should discontinue Accutane immediately.”  There is no known cure for some types of inflammatory bowel disease but there are therapies that attempt to control the symptoms.  One approach to this problem is immunosuppression, in which steroids are used; however in severe cases surgery may be required.  Accutane Ulcerative Colitis may involve surgeries for partial removal of the colon, to complete colon removal.  Even though this disease can be treated in terms of symptoms, the patient must live with the fact that the disease is incurable generating lifelong complications.  Many of the symptoms of an Accutane Ulcerative Colitis are socially unacceptable causing awkward and embarrassing moments for these individuals.

Accutane Recall Lawsuit

In 2009, Roche initiated an Accutane recall due to numerous side effects.  This in turn has led to an Accutane Recall Lawsuit.  Roche’s profits from the acne drug Accutane has plummeted due to generics flooding the market.  In addition, Roche is faced with over 5,000 personal-injury lawsuits and more to come with an Accutane Recall Lawsuit.

If you have experienced Accutane therapy side effects such as Accutane Ulcerative Colitis, Accutane Crohn’s disease or any other Accutane associated problem you may want to contact an Accutane attorney to see if you qualify for an Accutane Recall Lawsuit.

You May be entitled to Compensation, so act now.

If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of Accutane therapy, contact us now to speak with our qualified professionals about possible compensation.  Call us now at 877-222-7069 or use the contact form for a free case review.  

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