Accutane and Crohn's Disease Side Effects

Crohn's Disease and Accutane side effects may be linked and Accutane lawyers are filing lawsuits across the US. Contact an attorney today to discuss your compensation options.

The acne medication Accutane was removed from the market in the United States in 2009, due in part to the mounting number of lawsuits filed against drug maker Roche AG for Accutane side effects. Unfortunately, Accutane (isotretinoin) patients continue to suffer from side effects of the acne drug, including an IBD condition called Crohn's disease. Isotretinoin was initially developed as a chemotherapy medication for the treatment of brain cancer and pancreatic cancer, due to its ability to kill rapidly dividing cells. In 1982, isotretinoin was approved by the FDA as Accutane for the treatment of severe nodular acne and cystic acne, which could not be treated with other medications. Nearly thirty years after Accutane entered the market however, Roche pulled the acne medication from the market in the U.S., and a considerable number of Accutane lawsuits have been filed against the firm since for Accutane side effects, including Crohn's disease. If you took Accutane to treat your acne and have since suffered from a severe side effect like Crohn's disease, contact an Accutane attorney today.


Crohn's Disease Symptoms

Crohn's disease is one of a group of conditions included under the umbrella term of inflammatory bowel disease, which are inflammatory diseases affecting the small intestines and colon. Crohn's disease is a chronic condition which can affect any part of the digestive tract from the mouth to the anus, but typically involves the terminal part of the small intestine, the beginning of the large intestine, and the area around the anus. Crohn's disease causes a number of serious symptoms and may result in considerable damage to the digestive tract. Common symptoms of Crohn's disease include:

  • Diarrhea
  • Ulcers
  • Abdominal pain and cramping
  • Blood in the stool
  • Reduced appetite and weight loss


Crohn's Disease Treatment

The goals of Crohn's disease treatment are to reduce the underlying inflammation, which subsequently relieves symptoms, prevents complications and maintains good nutrition. Medications commonly used to treat Crohn's disease include anti-inflammatory drugs, corticosteroids, antibiotics and immunosuppressants. If these drugs are not successful in suppressing the inflammation, surgery may be an alternative treatment option. Most complications of Crohn's disease resolve when the inflammation is treated, although some may require additional treatment. Although some people with Crohn's disease experience long periods of remission in which the symptoms are under control, the disease will likely recur at various times throughout the patient's life. Because of this unpredictable pattern, it is difficult to tell whether specific Crohn's disease treatments are effective or not.


FDA Recall and Accutane Side Effect Studies

The potential side effects of Accutane have been apparent since the FDA required Roche to update the acne drug's warning label in 2000 to include accurate side effect information. Up until Accutane was pulled from the market in 2009, the FDA had advised Roche to change Accutane's warning label several times to reflect the risk of serious side effects like Crohn's disease. In 2006, the Department of Medicine at the University of Chicago published a study in which researchers found that Accutane use can increase a patient's risk of suffering from a range of inflammatory bowel diseases, including Crohn's disease. According to the researchers, who examined eighty-five cases of IBD associated with isotretioin, four cases (5%) scored in the "highly probable" range for Accutane as the cause of IBD, 58 cases (68%) were "probable," 23 cases (27%) were "possible," and no cases were "doubtful." Although Accutane is no longer on the market in the U.S., experts indicate that Crohn's disease can take years to progress into a recognizable disease, which means patients who have taken Accutane in the past may still be at risk of suffering from Accutane Crohn's disease side effects.


Accutane Attorneys for Crohn's Disease Side Effects

Crohn's disease is an extremely debilitating condition lasting the entirety of a victim's life. If you or a loved one has suffered from Crohn's disease and you believe Accutane to be the cause, contact an Accutane attorney to discuss your legal options. You may be entitled to financial compensation for your injuries, medical expenses, and pain and suffering, which you can collect by filing an Accutane lawsuit against Roche AG. Prior to 2010, Roche had been ordered to pay out about $30 million for lawsuits resulting from Accutane side effects, including Crohn's disease. Drug companies like Roche are responsible for the safety of their medications, and should be held accountable for any adverse side effects sustained by consumers of their products. Unfortunately, some pharmaceutical companies intentionally conceal the more serious side effects of their medications, in an attempt to make their product more appealing to the public. With the help of an experienced Accutane lawyer, victims of Accutane side effects can protect their rights and hold the allegedly negligent drug company liable for their injuries.

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