Accutane (generic: isotretinoin) has been linked to the development of Crohn’s Disease.
Accutane Recall Alert: On June 26, 2009 Roche Holding AG, the manufacturer of Accutane initiated a nationwide recall of the popular cancer and acne medication Accutane after stating that that they have awarded over $33 million in lawsuits directly related to bowel disease claims.
What is Crohn’s Disease?
Crohn’s Disease is a type of Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD). Crohn’s is a condition in which the lining of your digestive tract becomes inflamed, causing severe diarrhea and abdominal pain. The inflammation associated with Crohn’s Disease often spreads deep into the layers of affected tissue. Like Ulcerative Colitis (UC), another form of IBD, Crohn’s disease can be both painful and debilitating and may sometimes lead to a serious, life-threatening complication.
There’s Hope! Doctors have not been able to find a cure for Crohn’s Disease but proven therapies can greatly reduce the signs and symptoms of Crohn’s disease and even bring about a long-term remission. With these therapies, many people afflicted with Crohn’s disease are able to function normally in their everyday lives.
Symptoms of Crohn’s Disease
The signs and symptoms of Crohn’s disease can range from mild to severe and may develop gradually or come on suddenly, without warning.
- Abdominal pain and/or cramping
- Nausea and vomiting
- Blood in your stool
- Small to large intestinal and/or mouth (oral) sores / ulcers
- Reduced appetite and/or weight loss
- Fistula or abscess
- Eye inflammation
- Skin disorders
- Inflammation of the liver or bile ducts
Children with Crohn’s disease may have delayed growth or sexual development.
The course of Crohn’s disease varies greatly. You may have long periods without signs and symptoms, or you may have recurrent episodes of abdominal pain, diarrhea, and sometimes fever or bleeding.
Crohn’s Disease Treatments
Crohn’s Disease treatments are generally administered to reduce inflammation triggers and decrease signs and/or symptoms. These treatments may lead not only to symptom relief but also to long-term remission. Treatment for Crohn’s Disease usually involves drug therapy or, in certain cases, surgery.
Below is a brief list of the treatments used to treat Crohn’s Disease:
- Anti-inflammatory Drugs: Sulfasalazine (Azulfidine), Mesalamine (Asacol, Rowasa), and Corticosteroids
- Immune system suppressors: Azathioprine (Imuran) and mercaptopurine (Purinethol), Infliximab (Remicade), Adalimumab (Humira), Methotrexate (Rheumatrex), and Cyclosporine (Neoral, Sandimmune)
- Antibiotics: Metronidazole (Flagyl) or Ciprofloxacin (Cipro)
- Other medication(s): Anti-diarrheals, Laxatives, Pain relievers, Iron supplements, Nutrition, Vitamin B-12 shots, Calcium and vitamin D supplements
- Surgery: If diet and lifestyle changes, drug therapy or other treatments don’t relieve your signs and symptoms, your doctor may recommend surgery (strictureplasty) to remove a damaged portion of your digestive tract or to close fistulas or remove scar tissue.
U.S. jury hits Roche with $2.6 million verdict in Accutane® bowel disease suit
Pharmaceutical company Hoffmann-La Roche Inc. was hit Tuesday, May 29, 2007 with a $2.6 million jury verdict over Accutane, the first such verdict in a case blaming the severe acne treatment for inflammatory bowel disorder rather than other, more well-known side effects.
Accutane Side Effects
Our firm is currently accepting the following types of Accutane induced side effect cases:
- Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)
- Premature Closure of Growth Plates
- Birth Defects
- Ulcerative Colitis
- Crohn’s Disease
- Inflammatory Bowel Syndrome
- Rectal Bleeding
- Abdominal Pain
- Central Nervous System Injuries
- Bone and Muscle Loss
- Cardiovascular Injuries
- Liver and Kidney Damage
- Immune System Disorder
- Hearing and Vision Damage
- Thyroid Disorders
- Suicidal Thoughts & Behavior