Accutane Linked to Ulcerative Colitis
June 14, 2010
Accutane, a synthetic form of vitamin A, is a prescription drug used to treat patients with severe cystic acne. Accutane is manufactured by Hoffmann-La Roche (Roche). The generic form, isotretinoin, is manufactured by a number of other pharmaceutical companies under the brand names Isotrexin, Sotret, Oratane, Izotek, Isotane, Amnesteem, and Claravis. Accutane has been reported to have many side effects, including blurred vision, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, seizures, depression, and suicide. Further observations have led to reports of Accutane ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease that come under the heading inflammatory bowel disorders. Ulcerative colitis, as the name suggests, is an inflammation of the colon with the production of ulcers that destroy the intestinal lining. Many of the cells of the intestinal lining become damaged and begin bleeding, producing a bloody discharge. Quite often damage to the intestinal lining produces chronic diarrhea. Symptoms reported by patients and physicians include bloody stools, stomach cramping, and urgency to run to the bathroom. With the onset of ulcerative colitis, the patient’s risk of developing colon cancer increases relative to that of the general population.
FDA Requires a New Warning Label on Accutane Inserts
Shortly after Accutane was put on the market in 1982, reports of a number of side effects came to light. The FDA has required a number of additions to the Accutane packaging to warn physicians and patients of these adverse effects. The most recent alert to be added to the packaging involves inflammatory bowel disease including Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. The warning indicates that Accutane has been reported to be associated with inflammatory bowel disease including the ileum of the small intestine in patients with no prior history of bowel disorders. The FDA says that patients who experience stomach pain, rectal bleeding, or diarrhea should stop Accutane therapy and contact their healthcare provider immediately. Although the symptoms of this disease can sometimes be controlled, there is no cure for ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease. More often, this condition becomes a long-term condition, compromising the individuals well being, both emotionally and physically.
If you have experienced Accutane ulcerative colitis or any other Accutane related side effect you may be entitled to financial compensation. You may want to contact an Accutane attorney to see if you qualify for an Accutane lawsuit.
Susan Ardizzoni, Ph.D. holds a Doctorate in Biology with a major in Neuroscience (medical) and minors in Biochemistry, Physics, and Mathematics with experience in basic and clinical research. Although the author is not an attorney, this article was sponsored by the law firm of Bernstein Liebhard LLP and constitutes Attorney Advertising. To learn more about Accutane ulcerative colitis or Accutane attorney please visit www.ConsumerInjuryLawyers.com.