Accutane Side Effects

Accutane side effects like IBD may lead to injury lawsuits being filed by patients. If you have been adversely affected by the acne drug, contact an Accutane attorney to discuss your legal options.

Recent research has indicated that Accutane side effects may take years to progress into a diagnosable condition, which means, even though Accutane was removed from the market in 2009, patients who took the acne medication in the past may still be at risk of suffering from one or more severe Accutane side effects. Accutane (isotretinoin) was initially developed as a chemotherapy medication for the treatment of pancreatic cancer and brain cancer, because of its ability to kill rapidly dividing cells. In 1982, isotretinoin was approved by the FDA as Accutane, a medication used to treat severe nodular acne and cystic acne that was unresponsive to other treatments. Although Accutane was once considered one of the best-selling acne drugs in the world, drug maker Roche AG was eventually forced to pull Accutane from the market nearly thirty years after its introduction. Although Roche cited growing competition from generic drugs as its reason, many believe the mounting number of Accutane side effect lawsuits led to the Accutane recall. If you took Accutane to treat your acne and have since suffered from a serious side effect, contact an Accutane attorney to discuss your options for legal recourse.

Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Inflammatory bowel disease, or IBD, is an umbrella term for a group of conditions that affect the small intestines and colon, including ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease. IBD is a chronic (long-term) condition, causing mild to severe symptoms, depending on the part of the intestinal tract involved. IBD is typically characterized by periods of severe symptoms (flare-ups) followed by periods of minimal symptoms (remission). Common symptoms of inflammatory bowel disease include severe abdominal pain, loss of appetite, weight loss, bloody diarrhea and fever.

Crohn's Disease

Crohn's disease is a chronic inflammatory bowel disease which can take years to progress into a recognizable disease. Although Crohn's disease can affect virtually any part of the digestive tract from the mouth to the anus, most cases involve the terminal part of the small intestine, the area around the anus, and the beginning of the large intestine. Crohn's disease can cause serious damage to the digestive tract, resulting in life-altering symptoms like ulcers, diarrhea, blood in the stool, abdominal pain and cramps, weight loss and reduced appetite.

Ulcerative Colitis

Ulcerative colitis (UC) is another type of inflammatory bowel disease which affects the lining of the large intestine and rectum. Instances of ulcerative colitis can vary in severity and may progress slowly or even appear abruptly and without warning. Patients suffering from UC typically exhibit symptoms like fever, weight loss, abdominal pain, diarrhea, and blood in the stool. Some ulcerative colitis patients may also experience symptoms like nausea, vomiting, mouth sores, joint pain, and skin lumps or ulcers.

Accutane Recall and Side Effect Studies

In 2006, researchers from the Department of Medicine at the University of Chicago conducted a study which involved 85 patients with inflammatory bowel disease associated with Accutane use. According to the report, four cases (5%) scored in the "highly probable" range for Accutane as the cause, 58 (68%) scored in the "probable" range, 23 (27%) were "possible," and no cases were scored "doubtful." In 2010, the American Journal of Gastroenterology published a study linking the use of the acne drug Accutane to bowel disease like ulcerative colitis. According to the researchers involved in the study, Accutane use increased the risk of developing UC by a factor of four.

Accutane Attorneys for Side Effects

Because Accutane side effects like IBD and Crohn's disease are chronic conditions, patients typically struggle with symptoms of these side effects for the rest of their lives. If you or a loved one has suffered from a side effect which you believe to be linked to the acne drug Accutane, contact an Accutane attorney to discuss your legal options. You may have grounds to file an Accutane lawsuit against Roche AG in order to seek financial compensation for your injuries, medical expenses, and pain and suffering. Consumers expect their prescription drugs to effectively treat their condition without causing them any unnecessary harm. Unfortunately, some pharmaceutical companies intentionally conceal the more serious side effects of their medications, putting millions of consumers at risk of sustaining serious drug-related injuries. By hiring an experienced Accutane lawyer to represent their case, victims of Accutane side effects can protect their rights and collect the compensation they deserve.

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