In addition to causing inflammatory bowel disorder (IBD), Accutane has also been reported to cause ischemic colitis, which affects the large intestine and colon due to inadequate blood flow.
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.
What’s the problem?
Ischemic colitis is a disorder in which part of your colon (large intestine) becomes inflamed and injured. In some cases, this can lead to severe inflammation and permanent colon damage. Ischemic colitis can affect any part of your colon, but most affected people develop pain on the left side of their abdomen. Urgent bowel movements and bloody diarrhea are common side effects of ischemic colitis.
Accutane has been linked to a number of seriously debilitating conditions like ischemic colitis that affect the intestines, colon, and other digestive organs. Although many cases of ischemic colitis are curable with the right treatments, in some cases, untreated conditions can cause severe health complications, including colon cancer, gangrene (tissue death) and peritonitis (severe abdominal infection).
Ischemic Bowel Colitis Symptoms
Common signs and symptoms of ischemic colitis include (but are not limited to):
- Abdominal pain, tenderness or cramping, usually localized to the lower left side of the abdomen; the onset can be sudden or gradual
- Low-grade fever
- Bright red or maroon-colored blood in stool or, at times, passage of blood without stool
- Feeling of urgency to have a bowel movement