Accutane (generic: isotretinoin) has been linked to the development of Ulcerative Colitis.
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What is Ulcerative Colitis?
Ulcerative Colitis (UC) is a type of Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD). Ulcerative Colitis is a condition in which the lining of your digestive tract becomes inflamed, causing severe diarrhea and abdominal pain. The inflammation associated with Ulcerative Colitis usually only affects the innermost lining of your large intestine (colon) and rectum. Like Crohn’s Disease, another form of IBD, Ulcerative Colitis 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 Ulcerative Colitis but proven therapies can greatly reduce the signs and symptoms of Ulcerative Colitis and even bring about a long-term remission. With these therapies, many people afflicted with Ulcerative Colitis are able to function normally in their everyday lives.
Symptoms of Ulcerative Colitis
Ulcerative Colitis signs and symptoms can vary, depending on the severity of inflammation and where it occurs. For this reason, your doctor will often classify Ulcerative Colitis according to its location. Here are the signs and symptoms that may accompany Ulcerative Colitis, depending on its classification:
- Ulcerative proctitis: confined to the rectum and for some people, rectal bleeding may be the only sign of the disease. Others may have rectal pain, a feeling of urgency or an inability to move the bowels in spite of the urge to do so (tenesmus).
- Left-sided colitis: As the name suggests, inflammation extends from the rectum up the left side through the sigmoid and descending colon. Signs and symptoms include bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and pain, and weight loss.
- Pancolitis: Affecting the entire colon, pancolitis causes bouts of bloody diarrhea that may be severe, abdominal cramps and pain, fatigue, weight loss and night sweats.
- Fulminant colitis: This rare, life-threatening form of colitis affects the entire colon and causes severe pain, profuse diarrhea and, sometimes, dehydration and shock. People with fulminant colitis are at risk of serious complications including colon rupture and toxic megacolon, which occurs when the colon becomes severely distended.
Ulcerative Colitis Treatments
Ulcerative Colitis 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 Ulcerative Colitis usually involves drug therapy or, in certain cases, surgery. Below is a brief list of the treatments used to treat Ulcerative Colitis:
- Anti-inflammatory Drugs: Sulfasalazine (Azulfidine), Mesalamine (Asacol, Rowasa), and Corticosteroids
- Immune system suppressors: Azathioprine (Imuran) and mercaptopurine (Purinethol), Infliximab (Remicade), Adalimumab (Humira), and Cyclosporine (Neoral, Sandimmune)
- Nicotene Patches
- Other medication(s): Anti-diarrheals, Laxatives, Pain relievers, Iron supplements
- Surgery: If diet and lifestyle changes, drug therapy or other treatments don’t relieve your signs and symptoms, your doctor may recommend surgery (proctocolectomy) to remove your entire colon and rectum
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