Public Awareness Growing for Accutane Crohn’s Disease
Elise Kramer | February 1st, 2012
A number of former users of the acne drug are concerned about the potential side effects of Accutane. Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis are both inflammatory bowel conditions that have been linked to Accutane use. A number of former patients of the drug, which was recalled by its manufacturer in 2009 as lawsuits regarding the medication began to pile up, are desperately seeking information about the links between Accutane use and these crippling gastrointestinal conditions.
Accutane Crohn’s as a lifelong sentence
Generally speaking, there is no cure for Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis from Accutane. There are a number of treatments that can be utilized to help alleviate a patient’s symptoms, but for the most part the disease will last for the rest of a patient’s life. Most patients require multiple surgeries, hospitalizations, medications, and other treatments that can be time consuming, costly, and painful–even dangerous.
Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis: Accutane side effects are similar
Although both Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis are two different forms of inflammatory bowel disease, they have several significant differences. Both can be debilitating, painful, and can even risk a patient’s life. They have both been linked to the use of Accutane. Crohn’s disease causes inflammation of the lining of the digestive tract of an individual, causing an array of symptoms that can range from abdominal pain and cramping to severe diarrhea to weight loss. Crohn’s can affect different areas of the digestive tract in different people, and therefore the symptoms are widely varied.
Ulcerative colitis, on the other hand, is characterized by a beginning in the rectal area, though over time if it develops it may include the entire large intestine. It manifests when a number of ulcers form in specific parts of the gastrointestinal tract. The symptoms of ulcerative colitis are similar to those of Crohn’s disease, but also include rectal pain, distinct abdominal sounds, and skin lumps or ulcers.
Accutane lawsuits sparked by gastrointestinal problems
A number of patients who have experienced these side effects have reached out to an Accutane attorney. These lawyers will be able to help a plaintiff in filing a lawsuit, which could help the patient win compensation that would assist in covering costs such as medical bills.
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