Warning: Accutane® has been linked to Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
Are you an Accutane user? If so, did you know that Accutane and Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) are closely linked? In fact, recent history has seen a number of cases where the drug has had extremely serious side effects, leading to it being removed from the market in 2009.
Accutane Lawsuit Update 7/2/12: Last month, pharmaceutical giant Roche Holding AG was ordered to pay a total of $18 million to settle a pair of lawsuits claiming that Accutane caused the plaintiffs’ inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). The company has now lost nine of 13 lawsuits brought by former Accutane users that have gone to trial since April 2007. Click here to learn more.
Although there were far more side effects associated with the use of this drug than one might suspect, a primary issue facing many Accutane users has been IBS. One statement from Roche Holding AG, who manufactures the drug, claimed they had paid out over $33,000,000 due to lawsuits dealing with bowel disorder sufferers who had used Accutane.
What are the Symptoms of IBS?
For the individual sufferer, IBS can consist of:
- abdominal pain or discomfort relieved by a bowel movement
- three or more bowel movements a day (diarrhea)
- three or fewer bowel movements a day (constipation)
- loose, watery stools (diarrhea)
- hard, dry stools (constipation)
- feeling of urgency (diarrhea)
- straining during a bowel movement (constipation)
- feeling of incomplete evacuation
- passage of mucus
- gas and bloating
FDA Warning on Accutane
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has required a warning in the form of a black box label. Accutane was often prescribed and marketed under different drug names. Generic Accutane names and prescription forms include:
• Isotane • Amnesteem • Claravis • Clarus • Decutan • Isotret (Sotret) • Izotek • Oratane • Roaccutane • Isotretinoin